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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.

Boone DOCS Festival
Boone, NC
February 24, 2024
Submissions closed October 31, 2023 (regular deadline), December 3, 2023 (late deadline)

Cosmic Rays Film Festival
Chapel Hill, NC
March 1-2, 2024
Submissions closed December 1, 2023

Hayti Heritage Film Festival
Durham, NC
March 7-9, 2024
Submissions closed November 1, 2023 (regular deadline), November 20, 2023 (late deadline)

Reel Teal Film Festival at UNCW
Wilmington, NC
March 16, 2024
Submissions closed December 1, 2023 (regular deadline), January 7, 2024 (extended deadline)

UpTILT Film Fest
Wilmington, NC
March 22-24, 2024
Submissions closed November 1, 2023 (regular deadline), December 1, 2023 (late deadline)

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Durham, NC 
April 4-7, 2024
Submissions closed December 4, 2023

Spring Lane Film Festival
Sanford, NC
April 6, 2024
Submissions closed January 31, 2024 (final deadline)

RiverRun International Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC (with events also scheduled in Greensboro)
April 18-27, 2024
Submissions closed November 1, 2023 (first deadline), December 15, 2023 (second deadline)

North Carolina South & East International Asian Film Festival
Franklin County, NC
May 4, 2024
Submissions closed May 6, 2023 (last deadline)

Longleaf Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
May 10-11, 2024
Submissions accepted through March 1, 2024 (extended deadline)

Bull City International Film Festival
Durham, NC
May 10-11, 2024
Submissions accepted through March 23, 2024 (regular deadline), April 19, 2024 (late deadline)

Reel Out Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
May 15-19, 2024
Submissions accpeted through April 7, 2024 (regular deadline)

NC Black Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
May 16-19, 2024
Submissions closed January 31, 2024 (regular deadline), February 20, 2024 (late deadline)

Cat Fly Film Festival 
Asheville, NC
May 23-26, 2024
Submissions accepted through March 22, 2024 (regular deadline), April 19, 2024 (extended deadline)

ADF's Movies by Movers
Durham, NC
June 1-July 30, 2024
Submissions accepted through March 15, 2024 (regular deadline)

Charlotte Black Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
June 13-16, 2024
Submissions accepted through April 3, 2024 (late deadline)

Lumbee Film Festival
Pembroke, NC
July 5-6, 2024
Submissions accepted through April 17, 2024 

Real to Reel Film Festival
Kings Mountain, NC
July 24-27, 2024
Submissions accepted through May 1, 2024 (extended deadline)

Music Video Asheville Fest
Asheville, NC
July 31, 2024
Submissions open March 1, accepted through April 30, 2024 (regular deadline), May 31, 2024 (late deadline)

The North Carolina Film Festival
New Bern, NC
August 2-3, 2024
Submissions accepted through June 2, 2024 (final deadline)

OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival
Durham, NC
August 8-15, 2024
Submissions open March 1, accepted through May 10, 2024 (shorts deadline), May 31, 2024 (features deadline)

Full Bloom Film Festival
Statesville, NC
September 5-7, 2024
Submissions accepted through May 14, 2024 (regular deadline), June 4, 2024 (late deadline)

BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival
Cary, NC
September 5-8, 2024
Submissions accepted through March 15, 2024 (early deadline), May 17, 2024 (late deadline) 

A Pecan Pickling Short Film Festival
Windsor, NC
September 13-15, 2024
Submissions accepted through June 14, 2024 (final deadline)

Foothills Film Festival
Shelby, NC
September 14, 2024
Submissions accepted through July 20, 2024 (regular deadline), August 15, 2024 (late deadline)

Surfalorus
Outer Banks, NC
September 16-18, 2024
Submissions accepted through April 23, 2024 (regular deadline), May 14, 2024 (extended deadline)

Wreak Havoc Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
September 20-21, 2024
Submissions accepted through June 30, 2024 (Regular Deadline), July 31, 2024 (Last Chance Deadline)

Down East Flick Fest
Greenville, NC
September 20-22, 2024
Submissions open March 1, accepted through April 5, 2024 (regular deadline), May 1, 2024 (extended deadline)

Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 20-28, 2024 
Submissions accepted through May 1, 2024 (regular deadline), June 1, 2024 (late deadline)

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC 
September 24-29, 2024
Submissions accepted through June 30, 2024 (regular deadline), July 21, 2024 (extended deadline)

Beaufort Film Festival 
Beaufort, NC
October 2-31, 2024
Submissions accepted through May 1, 2024 (regular deadline), June 1, 2024 (late deadline), July 1, 2024 (extended deadline)

OUT at the Movies International Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC 
October 3-6, 2024
Submissions accepted through June 1, 2024 (regular deadline), July 31, 2024 (late deadline)

Raleigh Film & Art Festival
Raleigh, NC 
October 4-6, 2024
Submissions accepted through February 29, 2024 (regular deadline), June 30, 2024 (late deadline)

1:11 High School Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
October 4-6, 2024
Submissions accepted through May 1, 2024 (regular deadline), July 7, 2024 (late deadline)

Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival
Chapel Hill, NC
October 5, 2024
Submissions accepted through February 28, 2024 (regular deadline), June 30, 2024 (extended deadline)

Tryon International Film Festival
Tryon, NC
October 10-13, 2024 
Submissions accepted through May 1, 2024 (regular deadline), June 1, (late deadline)

Indigo Moon Film Festival
Fayetteville, NC 
October 11-13, 2024
Submissions accepted through May 1, 2024 (regular deadline), July 31, 2024 (absolutely last minute deadline)

Queer Fear Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
October 12-13, 2024
Submissions accepted through July 15, 2024 (regular deadline), August 5, 2024 (late deadline)

Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival
Walnut Coves, NC
October 18-19, 2024
Submissions accepted through July 1, 2024 (regular deadline), August 4, 2024 (final deadline)

Carnival of Darkness Film Festival
Washington, NC
October 18-19, 2024
Submissions open May 1, 2024, and are accepted through September 1, 2024

Beaufort Film Festival
Beaufort, NC
November 2-16, 2024
Submissions accepted through May 1, 2024 (regular deadline), September 1, 2024 (extended deadline)

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 20-24, 2024
Submissions accepted through May 30, 2024 (regular deadline), June 30, 2024 (extended deadline)

Stranger Days Independent Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
December 14, 2024
Submissions accepted through July 31, 2024 (regular deadline), September 30, 2024 (late deadline)

 

FILM FESTIVALS WHOSE DATES ARE TBD

Visions Film Festival and Conference
Presented by UNC Wilmington Film Studies Department
Wilmington, NC
2024 Dates TBA (typically early spring)
Submissions opening TBA

CineOdyssey Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
2024 Dates TBA
Submissions opening TBA

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
2024 Dates TBA

Chapel Hill Black Film Festival
Durham, NC
2024 Dates TBA

Twin Rivers Media Festival
Black Mountain, NC
2024 Dates TBA (typically Summer)
Submissions opening TBA

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival
Wilmington, NC 
2024 Dates TBA

Whimsical Times Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
2024 Dates TBA
Submissions opening TBA

Micropolitan Film Festival
Marion, NC
2024 Dates TBA
Submissions opening TBA

Golden Hour Film Festival
Hickory, NC
2024 Dates TBA
Submissions opening TBA

Carolina Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
2024 Dates TBA
Submissions opening TBA

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
2024 Dates TBA
Submissions opening TBA

Triad Jewish Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
2025 Dates TBA

Nevermore Film Festival
Durham, NC
2025 Dates TBA
Submissions opening TBA

Greensboro Dance Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
2025 Dates TBA
Submissions opening TBA

Boone DOCS Festival
Boone, NC
2025 Dates TBA
Submissions opening TBA

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