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Film Festivals

North Carolina plays host to a bevy of film festivals — large and small — throughout the year.   Click on the individual festival name below to learn more, including how to get tickets and other events.

If your film festival is not listed, please send a news or media release announcing dates of your upcoming festival to info@filmnc.com.

*NOTE:  Due to COVID-19, many festivals are continuing to be adjusted.  While this site is trying to stay up to date on any schedule changes, you are encouraged to reach out to the individual festival itself to see if the event is still taking place at the time indicated below.

 

BEYOND: The Film Festival
Cary, NC
September 15-18, 2022
Submissions closed on May 31, 2022 (last call deadline)

Surfalorus
Outer Banks, NC
September 19-21, 2022
Submissions closed on May 19, 2022 (late deadline)

Youth International Film Festival (YIFF)
Hickory, NC
September 21, 2022

Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 21-25, 2022
Submissions closed on June 1, 2022 (late deadline)

Carnival of Darkness Film Festival
Chocowinity, NC
September 23-24, 2022
Submissions closed on August 1, 2022 (regular deadline)

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC 
September 28-October 2, 2022
Submissions closed on July 22, 2022 (extended deadline)

OUT at the Movies International Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC 
September 29-October 2, 2022
Submissions closed on July 31, 2022 (late deadline)

Wreak Havoc Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
September 30-October 1, 2022
Submissions closed on July 31, 2022 (last chance deadline)

Music Video Asheville Fest
Asheville, NC
October 5, 2022
Submissions closed on August 15, 2022 (late deadline)

Cat Fly Film Festival
Asheville, NC
October 7-8, 2022
Submissions closed on August 26, 2022 (extended deadline)

Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival
Walnut Coves, NC
October 7-8, 2022
Submissions closed on August 1, 2022 (final deadline)

Indigo Moon Film Festival
Fayetteville, NC 
October 7-9, 2022
Submissions closed on July 31, 2022 (last last last minute deadline)

Raleigh Film & Art Festival
Raleigh, NC 
October 7-9, 2022
Submissions closed on July 7, 2022 (late deadline)

Tryon International Film Festival
Tryon, NC
October 7-9, 2022 
Submissions closed on August 22, 2022 (late deadline)

1:11 High School Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
October 7-9, 2022
Submissions closed on July 7, 2022

Beaufort Film Festival
Beaufort, NC
October 7-November 13, 2022
Submissions closed on September 1, 2022 (extended deadline)

Film Fest 919
Chapel Hill, NC
October 19-23, 2022

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 16-20, 2022
Submissions closed on June 23, 2022 (extended deadline)

Down East Flick Fest
Greenville, NC
November 17-20, 2022
Submissions closed on August 27, 2022 (extended deadline)

Stranger Days Independent Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
November 18-19 2022
Submissions accepted September 30, 2022 (late deadline), October 31, 2022 (final deadline)

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 18-20, 2022
Submissions accepted September 22, 2022 (late deadline)

Triad Jewish Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
January 19-February 2, 2023

Boone DOCS Festival
Boone, NC
February 23-25, 2023
Submissions accepted June 1-October 31, 2022 (regular deadline), December 2, 2022 (late deadline)

Nevermore Film Festival
Durham, NC
February 24-26, 2023
Submissions accepted October 1-November 4, 2022 (early bird deadline), December 9, 2022 (short film deadline), December 30, 2022 (feature film deadline) 

Reel Teal Film Festival at UNCW
Wilmington, NC
February 25, 2023
Submissions accepted September 1-December 1, 2022 (regular deadline), December 31, 2022 (extended local film deadline)

Hayti Heritage Film Festival
Durham, NC
March 6-11, 2023
Submissions accepted August 1-October 31, 2022 (regular deadline), November 20, 2022 (late deadline)

NC Black Film Festival
March 24-26, 2023
Submissions accepted September 6-November 30, 2022 (early bird deadline), December 30, 2022 (regular deadline), January 25, 2023 (late deadline)

Cosmic Rays Film Festival
Chapel Hill, NC
March 30-April 1, 2023
Submissions opening TBA

UpTILT Film Fest
Wilmington, NC
March 31-April 2, 2023
Submissions accepted July 1-October 31, 2022 (regular deadline), November 20, 2022 (late deadline)

Spring Lane Film Festival
Sanford, NC
April 1, 2023
Submissions accepted April 6, 2022- January 31, 2023 (final deadline)

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Durham, NC 
April 13-16, 2023
Submissions opening TBA

RiverRun International Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC (with events also scheduled in Greensboro)
April 13-22, 2023
Submissions accepted September 1-November 15, 2022 (regular deadline), December 15, 2022 (late deadline)

Longleaf Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
May 12-13, 2023
Submissions accepted August 1-December 1, 2022 (regular deadline), March 1, 2023 (extended deadline)

Charlotte Black Film Festival
June 22-25, 2023
Submissions accepted August 10-November 12, 2022 (early bird deadline), March 11, 2023 (regular deadline), April 3, 2023 (late deadline)

Real to Reel Film Festival
Kings Mountain, NC
July 26-29, 2023
Submissions accepted August 2, 2022-March 3, 2023 (regular deadline), May 12, 2023 (extended deadline)

The North Carolina Film Festival
New Bern, NC
July 29, 2023
Submissions accepted September 5, 2022-June 5,2023 (final deadline)

Golden Hour Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 30, 2023
Submissions accepted September 1-December 31, 2022 (early bird deadline), May 31, 2023 (regular deadline), June 30, 2023 (late deadline)

Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival
Chapel Hill, NC
October 7-8, 2023
Submissions accepted May 1-December 1, 2022 (regular deadline), May 1, 2023 (late deadline)

 

FILM FESTIVALS WHOSE DATES ARE TBD

Lumbee Film Festival
Pembroke, NC
Submissions TBA

Visions Film Festival and Conference
Presented by UNC Wilmington Film Studies Department
Wilmington, NC
Typically early Spring
Submissions TBA

Reel 2 Reel Student Film Festival
Burlington, NC
Typically Fall
Submissions TBA

CineOdyssey Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Fall 2022
Submissions TBA

Chapel Hill Black Film Festival
Chapel Hill, NC

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte, NC 

Bull City International Film Festival
Durham, NC
2023 Dates TBA
Submissions opening TBA

Outer Banks Film Festival
Kill Devil Hills, NC 
2023 Dates TBA
Submissions opening TBA

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival
Wilmington, NC 
2023 Dates TBA (typically Spring)

Reel Out Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
2023 Dates TBA
Submissions opening TBA

North Carolina South & East International Asian Film Festival
Franklin County, NC
2023 Dates TBA (likely Spring)
Submissions opening TBA

Joedance Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
2023 Dates TBA (likely Summer)
Submissions opening TBA

Micropolitan Film Festival
Marion, NC
2023 Dates TBA
Submissions opening TBA

OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival
Durham, NC
2023 Dates TBA
Submissions opening TBA

Full Bloom Film Festival
Statesville, NC
2023 Dates TBA
Submissions opening TBA

Dirty Dancing Festival
Lake Lure, NC
2023 Dates TBA

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