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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.

 

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
February 9-March 3, 2019

Triad Jewish Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
February 9-20, 2019

Hayti Heritage Film Festival
Durham, NC
February 14-16, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 fest on 12/7/18)

Reel Teal Film Festival at UNCW
Wilmington, NC
February 16, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 fest on 12/1/18, 12/31/18 for locals)

Cinema Sisters International Film Festival (formerly Chick Flicks Festival)
Wilmington, NC
March 1-2, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 fest on 1/25/19)

Franklin County International Film Festival
Franklinton & Louisburg, NC
March 2, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 fest on 12/9/18)

Nevermore Film Festival
Durham, NC
March 8-10, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 fest on 12/20/18)

NC Black Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
March 21-24, 2019

Cat Fly Film Festival
Asheville, NC
March 29-31, 2019
(Submissions December 21, 2018-February 25, 2019)

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Durham, NC
April 4-7, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 fest on 12/15/18)

RiverRun International Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
April 4-14, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2109 fest on 12/1/18)

Charlotte Black Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
April 11-14, 2019
(Submissions accepted August 19, 2018-January 19, 2019)

Visions Film Festival and Conference
Presented by UNC Wilmington Film Studies Department
Wilmington, NC
April 11-12, 2019
(Submissions accepted November 2, 2018-January 25, 2019)

Reel Out Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
April 28-May 5, 2019
(Submissions accepted October 1, 2018-March 1, 2019)

Longleaf Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
May 10-11, 2019
(Submissions accepted July 11, 2018-March 1, 2019)

Highlands Film Festival
Highlands, NC
May 15, 2019
(Submissions accepted August 28, 2018-April 22, 2019)

Lumbee Film Festival
Pembroke, NC
May 23-24, 2019
(Submissions accepted December 12, 2018-March 13, 2019)

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
June 7-8, 2019
(Submissions accepted November 5, 2018-May 4, 2019)

BEYOND: The Film Festival
Cary, NC
June 19-23, 2019
(Submissions accepted December 1, 2018-March 15, 2019)

CineOdyssey Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
July 18-20, 2019
(Submissions accepted December 31, 2018-June 14, 2019)

Real to Reel Film Festival
Kings Mountain, NC
July 24-27, 2019
(Submissions accepted August 6, 2018-May 3, 2019)

Joedance Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
August 1-3, 2019
(Submissions accepted November 1, 2018-April 30, 2019)

Micropolitan Film Festival
Marion, NC
August 9-10, 2019
(Submissions accepted November 1, 2018-May 1, 2019)

NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Durham, NC
August 15-19, 2019
(Submissions accepted March 1-June 8, 2019)

Asheville Film Festival
Asheville, NC
September 7, 2019
(Submissions accepted December 17, 2018 - July 6, 2019)

Dirty Dancing Festival
Lake Lure, NC
September 13-14, 2019

Down East Flick Fest
Greenville, NC
September 13-14, 2019
(Submissions accepted January 6-June 22, 2019)

Surfalorus
Outer Banks, NC
September 19-21, 2019
(Submissions accepted January 9-May 15, 2019)

Full Bloom Film Festival
Statesville, NC
September 19-22, 2019
(Submissions accepted January 14-June 22, 2019)

Wreak Havoc Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
September 20-22, 2019
(Submissions accepted January 1-July 31, 2019)

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
September 26-29, 2019
(Submissions acceoted January 1-July 26, 2019)

Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 27-29, 2019
(Submissions accepted November 1, 2018-June 1, 2019)

Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival
Cary, NC
September 28-29, 2019
(Submissions accepted October 1, 2018-July 31, 2019)

Halloween International Film Festival
Kill Devil Hills, NC
October 3-5, 2019 
(Submissions accepted December 10, 2018-June 30, 2019)

OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
October 3-6, 2019 
(Submissions accepted starting June 1, 2019)

Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival
Clemmons, NC
October 4-5, 2019
(Submissions accepted February 1-August 11, 2019)

Raleigh Film & Arts Festival
Raleigh, NC
October 4-5, 2019
(Submissions accepted October 14, 2018-August 1, 2019)

Film Fest 919
Chapel Hill, NC
October 9-13, 2019

Indigo Moon Film Festival
Fayetteville, NC
October 11-13, 2019
(Submissions accepted February 1-July 31, 2019)

Tryon International Film Festival
Tryon, NC
October 11-13, 2019
(Submissions accepted January 4-August 5, 2019)

Carolina Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
October 19-20, 2019
(Submissions accepted January 8-August 30, 2019)

North Carolina South Asian Film Festival
Durahm, NC
October 20-21, 2019
(Submissions accepted May 1, 2018-June 30, 2019)

Marquee on Main Film Festival
Washington, NC
November 1-2, 2019
(Submissions accepted January 21-July 31, 2019)

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 23-24, 2019
(Submissions opening TBA)

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 13-17, 2019
(Submissions accepted March 6-July 17, 2019)

Boone Film Festival
Boone, NC
February 28-29, 2020
(Submissions closed for 2018 festival)

 

FILM FESTIVALS WHOSE DATES ARE TBD

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Spring 2019

Peak City International Film Festival
Apex, NC
Late Summer/Early Fall 2019 (typically in September)
(Submissions opening TBA)

FilmSPARK, part of SPARKcon
Raleigh, NC
Fall 2019 (exact dates TBA)
(Submissions opening TBA)

Reel 2 Reel Student Film Festival
Burlington, NC
Fall 2019 (exact dates TBA)
(Submissions opening TBA)

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