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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.

 

 

 

 

Golden Hour Film Festival
Hickory, NC
May 14-21, 2022
Submissions closed

Uptilt Film Fest
Wilmington, NC
May 20-22, 2022
Submissions closed

Charlotte Black Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
June 15-19, 2022
Submissions closed

Real to Reel Film Festival
Kings Mountain, NC
July 27-30, 2022
Submissions accepted July 26, 2021-March 4, 2022 (regular deadline), May 13, 2022 (extended deadline)

Joedance Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
August 4-6, 2022
Submissions accepted October 1-December 31, 2021 (early deadline), April 30, 2022 (late deadline)

Micropolitan Film Festival
Marion, NC
August 6, 2022
Submissions accepted February 14-May 1, 2022 (regular deadline), July 1, 2022 (late deadline)

OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival (formerly NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival)
Durham, NC
August 11-18, 2022
Submissions accepted March 1-April 15, 2022 (early bird deadline), May 10, 2022 (shorts deadline), May 30, 2022 (features deadline)

Dirty Dancing Festival
Lake Lure, NC
September 10, 2022

BEYOND: The Film Festival
Cary, NC
September 15-18, 2022
Submissions accepted February 1- May 31, 2022 (last call deadline)

Surfalorus
Outer Banks, NC
September 19-21, 2022
Submissions accepted January 12-28 (regular deadline), May 19, 2022 (late deadline)

Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 21-25, 2022
Submissions accepted November 1, 2021-May 1, 2022 (regular deadline), June 1, 2022 (late deadline)

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC 
September 28-October 2, 2022
Submissions accepted January 3-June 30, 2022 (regular deadline), July 22, 2022 (extended deadline)

OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC 
September 29-October 2, 2022
Submissions accepted February 1, 2022-June 1, 2022 (regular deadline), July 31, 2022 (late deadline)

Wreak Havoc Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
September 30-October 1, 2022
Submissions accepted January 15-June 30, 2022 (regular deadline), July 31, 2022 (last chance deadline)

Cat Fly Film Festival
Asheville, NC
October 7-8, 2022
Submissions accepted March 1-June 30, 2022 (regular deadline), August 26, 2022 (extended deadline)

Raleigh Film & Art Festival
Raleigh, NC 
October 7-9, 2022
Submissions accepted October 8, 2021-May 1, 2022 (regular deadline), July 7, 2022 (late deadline)

Tryon International Film Festival
Tryon, NC
October 7-9, 2022 
Submissions TBA

Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival
Walnut Coves, NC
October 14-15, 2022
Submissions accepted February 1-June 19, 2022 (regular deadline), August 1, 2022 (final deadline)

Indigo Moon Film Festival
Fayetteville, NC 
October 14-16, 2022
Submissions accepted November 1, 2021-May 1, 2022 (regular deadline), July 1, 2022 (extended deadline), July 31, 2022 (last last last minute deadline)

Beaufort Film Festival
Beaufort, NC
November 2-6, 2022
Submissions accepted January 1-May 1, 2022 (regular deadline), September 1, 2022 (extended deadline)

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 16-20, 2022
Submissions accepted February 7-May 26, 2022 (regular deadline), June 23, 2022 (extended deadline)

Down East Flick Fest
Greenville, NC
November 17-20, 2022
Submissions accepted May 13-July 23, 2022 (regular deadline), August 27, 2022 (extended deadline)

Stranger Days Independent Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
November 18-19 2022
Submissions accepted November 22, 2021-July 31, 2022 (regular deadline), September 30, 2022 (late deadline), October 31, 2022 (final deadline)

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 18-20, 2022
Submissions TBA

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

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
Postponed to Spring 2022 (originally scheduled for Sept 2021)
Submissions TBA

Tarheel Shorties Film Festival
Wilson, NC
Submissions TBA

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Submissions TBA

Carolina Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
October 2021
Submissions TBA

Visions Film Festival and Conference
Presented by UNC Wilmington Film Studies Department
Wilmington, NC
Early Spring 2022 (exact dates TBA)
Submissions TBA

Reel 2 Reel Student Film Festival
Burlington, NC
Fall 2022
Submissions TBA

Film Fest 919
Chapel Hill, NC
Fall 2022 (likely in October)

CineOdyssey Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Fall 2022
Submissions TBA

Triad Jewish Film Festival
Greensboro, NC (to be held both online and in-person)

Chapel Hill Black Film Festival
Chapel Hill, NC

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte, NC 

Nevermore Film Festival
Durham, NC
Submissions closed

Bull City International Film Festival
Durham, NC
Submissions closed

Foothills Film Festival
Shelby, NC
Submissions closed

Cinema Sisters International Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Submissions closed

North Carolina South & East International Asian Film Festival
Durham, NC
Submissions closed 

NC Black Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Submissions closed

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Durham, NC 
Submissions closed

RiverRun International Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC (with events also scheduled in Greensboro)
Submissions closed

Outer Banks Film Festival
Kill Devil Hills, NC 
Submissions closed

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival
Wilmington, NC 

Reel Out Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Submissions closed

Longleaf Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
Submissions closed

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