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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.

 

Reel Teal Film Festival at UNCW
Wilmington, NC
February 1, 2020
(Submissions accepted August 30-December 1, 2019)

Hayti Heritage Film Festival
Durham, NC
February 13-15, 2020
(Submissions for 2020 festival closed on November 15, 2019)

Cinema Sisters International Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
March 6-7, 2020
(Submissions accepted October 20, 2019-January 25, 2020)

Wake Forest Film Festival
Wake Forest, NC
March 13-14, 2020
(Submissions for 2020 festival closed on November 8, 2019)

Charlotte Black Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
April 2-5, 2020
(Submissions acceptted July 16, 2019-January 25, 2020)

Longleaf Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
May 8-9, 2020
(Submissions accepted July 1, 2019-March 1, 2020)

Reel Out Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
May 9-17, 2020
(Submissions accepted September 27, 2019-March 13, 2020)

BEYOND: The Film Festival
Cary, NC
June 11-14, 2020
(Submissions October 1, 2019-March 13, 2020)

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
June 18-20, 2020
(Submissions accepted September 18, 2019-May 18, 2020)

Real to Reel Film Festival
Kings Mountain, NC
July 22-25, 2020
(Submissions accepted July 29, 2019-May 1, 2020)

CineOdyssey Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
July 22-25, 2020
(Submissions November 3, 2019-April 3, 2020)

Joedance Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
August 6-8, 2020
(Submissions accepted November 1, 2019-May 1, 2020)

OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival (formerly NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival)
Durham, NC
August 13-16, 2020
(Submissions accepted February 1-May 16(shorts)/June 6 (features), 2020)

Micropolitan Film Festival
Marion, NC
August 14-15, 2020
(Submissions accepted August 10, 2019-June 1, 2020)

Dirty Dancing Festival
Lake Lure, NC
September 11-12, 2020

Wreak Havoc Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
September 18-19, 2020
(Submissions accepted January 1-July 31, 2020)

Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 23-27, 2019
(Submissions accepted November 1, 2019-June 1, 2020)

Halloween International Film Festival
Kill Devil Hills, NC
October 1-3, 2020
(Submissions accepted December 1, 2019-June 30, 2020)

OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
October 1-4, 2020
(Submissions accepted starting June 1, 2020)

Raleigh Film & Arts Festival
Raleigh, NC
October 2-4, 2020
(Submissions accepted October 11, 2019-July 1, 2020)

Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival
Chapel Hill, NC
October 3-4, 2020
(Submissions accepted November 1, 2019-June 15, 2020)

Indigo Moon Film Festival
Fayetteville, NC
October 9-11, 2020
(Submissions TBA)

Film Fest 919
Chapel Hill, NC
October 14-18, 2020

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 11-15, 2020
(Submissions TBA)

Stranger Days Independent Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
November 14-15, 2020
(Submissions acceptted November 18, 2019-July 1, 2020)

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 21-22, 2020
(Submissions TBA)

 

 

FILM FESTIVALS WHOSE DATES ARE TBD

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Winter 2020 (exact dates TBA)

Triad Jewish Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
Winter 2020 (exact dates TBA)

NC Black Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Early Spring 2020 (exact dates TBA)

Cat Fly Film Festival
Asheville, NC
Early Spring 2020 (exact dates TBA)
(Submissions opening TBA)

Visions Film Festival and Conference
Presented by UNC Wilmington Film Studies Department
Wilmington, NC
Spring 2020 (typically sometime between late March to mid-April)
(Submissions opening TBA)

Lumbee Film Festival
Pembroke, NC
Spring 2020 (exact dates TBA)
(Submissions opening TBA)

Tarheel Shorties Film Festival
Wilson, NC
Summer 2020 (typically in June)
(Submissions opening TBA)

FilmSPARK, part of SPARKcon
Raleigh, NC
Fall 2020
(Submissions TBA)

Surfalorus
Outer Banks, NC
Fall 2020
(Submissions TBA)

Full Bloom Film Festival
Statesville, NC
Fall 2020
(Submissions TBA)

Peak City International Film Festival
Apex, NC
Fall 2020
(Submissions TBA)

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Fall 2020
(Submissions TBA)

Tryon International Film Festival
Tryon, NC
Fall 2020
(Submissions TBA)

Carolina Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Fall 2020
(Submissions TBA)

North Carolina South Asian Film Festival
Durahm, NC
Fall 2020
(Submissions TBA)

Marquee on Main Film Festival
Washington, NC
Fall 2020
(Submissions TBA)

Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival
Clemmons, NC
October 2020 (exact dates TBA)
(Submissions TBA)

Asheville Film Festival
Asheville, NC
TBA
(Submissions TBA)

Down East Flick Fest
Greenville, NC
TBA
(Submissions TBA)

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