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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.

 

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
June 14-16, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Nov 7, 2017-May 4, 2018)

BEYOND: The Film Festival
Cary, NC
June 14-17, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Nov 21, 2017-Apr 15, 2018)

Cottontown Film Festival
Clayton, NC
June 16, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Nov 21, 2017-Apr 15, 2018)

Down East Flick Fest
Greenville, NC
June 23-25, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Feb 17-May 12, 2018)

CineOdyssey Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
July 12-14, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Jan 18-Jun 15, 2018)

Real to Reel Film Festival
Kings Mountain, NC
July 25-28, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Oct 30, 2017-May 4, 2018)

Joedance Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
August 3-4, 2018
(Submissions information not availalble at this time)

Micropolitan Film Festival
Marion, NC
August 10-12, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Feb 1-Jun 1, 2018)

NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Durham, NC
August 16-23, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Mar 3- May 18-Shorts, May 28-Features, 2018)

Dirty Dancing Festival
Lake Lure, NC
August 24-25, 2018

Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival
Cary, NC
August 25-26, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Nov 1, 2017-Jun 30, 2018)

Asheville Film Festival
Asheville, NC
September 8, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Jan 3-Jul 15, 2018)

Full Bloom Film Festival
Statesville, NC
September 13-15. 2018
(Submissions accepted from Jan 18-June 10, 2018)

FilmSPARK, part of SPARKcon
Raleigh, NC
September 13-16, 2018
(Submissions not yet open for 2018)

Surfalorus
Outer Banks, NC
September 20-22, 2018

NC Black Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
September 20-23, 2018

Peak City International Film Festival
Apex, NC
September 20-23, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Feb 28-Aug 14, 2018)

Wreak Havoc Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
September 21-22, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Dec 1, 2017-Jul 31, 2018)

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
September 26-30, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Jan 1-Jul 31, 2018)

Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 28-30, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Nov 1, 2017-Jun 6, 2018)

North Carolina South Asian Film Festival
Durahm, NC
September 29-30, 2018
(Submissions closed for 2018 festival)

Highlands Film Festival
Highlands, NC
September 30, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Mar 1-Aug 26, 2018)

Film Fest 919
Chapel Hill, NC
October 3-7, 2018

OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
October 4-7, 2018

Tryon International Film Festival
Tryon, NC
October 5-7, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Jan 3-Aug 1, 2018)

Raleigh Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
October 5-7, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Nov 2, 2017-Aug 1, 2018)

Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival
Walkertown, NC
October 6, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Feb 6-Aug 11, 2018)

Indigo Moon Film Festival
Fayetteville, NC
October 12-14, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Mar 1-Jul 31, 2018)

Halloween International Film Festival
Kill Devil Hills, NC
October 25-27, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Jan 1-Jul 31, 2018)

Boone Film Festival
Boone, NC
November 1-3, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Mar 1-Aug 31, 2018)

Reel 2 Reel Student Film Festival
Burlington, NC
November 2, 2018
(Submissions accepted from Aug 19, 2017-Oct 5, 2018)

100 Words Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
November 2-3, 2018
(Submissions not yet open for 2018)

Marquee on Main Film Festival
Washington, NC
November 2-3 2018
(Submissions accepted from Nov 1, 2017-April 30, 2018)

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 7-11, 2018
(Submissions information not available at this time)

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 17-18, 2018
(Submissions not yet open for 2018)

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Durham, NC
April 4-7, 2019

Charlotte Black Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
April 4-7, 2019
(Submissions anticipated opening in July)

Longleaf Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
May 10-11, 2018
(Submissions anticipated opening in July)

 

FILM FESTIVALS WHOSE DATES ARE TBD

Eastern NC Film Festival
Winterville, NC
Dates TBD, Spring 2018
(Submissions information not available at this time)

Reel Teal Film Festival at UNCW
Wilmington, NC
Dates TBD, Winter 2019
(Submissions information not available at this time)

Triad Jewish Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
Winter 2019

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Winter 2019

Hayti Heritage Film Festival
Durham, NC
Winter 2019 (dates TBD)
(Submissions anticipated opening in December)

Nevermore Film Festival
Durham, NC
Winter 2019 (typically in February)
(Submissions anticipated to open in October)

Franklin County International Film Festival
Franklinton & Louisburg, NC
Spring 2019
(Submissions anticipated to open in May)

Chick Flicks Festival
Wilmington, NC
Spring 2019
(Submissions anticipated to open in December)

Visions Film Festival and Conference
Presented by UNC Wilmington Film Studies Department
Wilmington, NC
Spring 2019

Cat Fly Film Festival
Asheville, NC
Spring 2019
(Submissions anticipated to open in November)

RiverRun International Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
Spring 2019
(Submissions anticpated to open in July)

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Spring 2019 

Praxis Film Festival
Goldsboro, NC
Spring 2019
(Submissions anticipated to open in July)

Reel Out Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Spring 2019
(Submissions anticipated to open in January)

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