Film Festivals

North Carolina plays host to a bevy of film festivals — large and small — throughout the year. If your film festival is not listed, please send a news or media release announcing dates of your upcoming festival to


Outer Banks, NC
September 15-17, 2016

FilmSPARK, part of SPARKcon
Raleigh, NC
September 15-18, 2016

NC Black Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
September 15-19, 2016

Full Bloom Film Festival
Statesville, NC
September 22-24, 2016

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
September 22-October 2, 2016

Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 23-25, 2016

Raleigh Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
September 30-October 2, 2016

OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
October 6-9, 2016

Indigo Moon Film Festival
Fayetteville, NC
October 7-9, 2016

Tryon International Film Festival
Tryon, NC
October 7-9, 2016

Halloween International Film Festival
Kill Devil Hills, NC
October 27-29, 2016

100 Words Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
November 4-5, 2016

NC Family Film Festival
Murfreesboro/Ahoskie/Winton, NC
November 4-6, 2016

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 9-13, 2016

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 19-20, 2016

Praxis Film Festival
Goldsboro, NC
February 3-4, 2017

Strange Beauty Film Festival
Durham, NC
Dates TBD, Winter 2017

Nevermore Film Festival
Durham, NC
Dates TBD (typically near Feb 14), Winter 2017

Triad Jewish Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
February 2017 (exact dates TBA)

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Dates TBD, late Winter 2017

RiverRun International Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
March 30-April 9, 2017

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Durham, NC
April 6-9, 2017

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
May 11-17, 2017

Longleaf Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
May 12-13, 2017

Franklin County International Film Festival
Franklinton & Louisburg, NC
Dates TBD, Spring 2017

Visions Film Festival and Conference
Presented by UNC Wilmington Film Studies Department
Wilmington, NC
Date TBD, typically April (2017)

GayCharlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Dates TBD, Spring 2017

Eastern NC Film Festival
Winterville, NC
Date TBD, Spring 2017

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Dates TBD, Spring 2017

Down East Flick Fest
Greenville, NC
Dates TBD, Spring/Summer 2017

Real to Reel Film Festival
Kings Mountain, NC
July 2017 (exact dates TBA)

NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Durham, NC
Summer 2017 (exact dates TBA)

Dirty Dancing Festival
Lake Lure, NC
August 2017 (exact dates TBA)