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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

*NOTE:  Due to COVID-19, many festivals are continuing to be adjusted.  While this site is trying to stay up to date on any schedule changes, you are encouraged to reach out to the individual festival itself to see if the event is still taking place at the time indicated below.


Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 22-26, 2021
Submissions closed June 1, 2021

Outer Banks, NC
September 22-25, 2021
Submissions closed May 18, 2021

OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC 
September 24-26, 2021
Submissions closed July 31, 2021

Wreak Havoc Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
October 1-2, 2021
Submissions closed July 31, 2021

Raleigh Film & Art Festival
Raleigh, NC 
October 1-3, 2021
Submissions closed July 7, 2021

BEYOND: The Film Festival
Cary, NC
October 7-10, 2021
Submissions closed July 1, 2021

Reel 2 Reel Student Film Festival
Burlington, NC
October 8, 2021 
Submissions closed September 6, 2021

Tryon International Film Festival
Tryon, NC
October 8-10, 2021 
Submissions closed August 22, 2021

Indigo Moon Film Festival
Fayetteville, NC 
October 8-15, 2021
Submissions closed July 31, 2021

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC 
October 13-17, 2021
Submissions closed July 23, 2021

Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival
Walnut Coves, NC
October 15-16, 2021
Submissions closed August 1, 2021

Film Fest 919
Chapel Hill, NC
October 18-24, 2021

Beaufort Film Festival
Beaufort, NC
October 21-31, 2021
Submissions closed September 1, 2021

CineOdyssey Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
November 4-6, 2021
Submissions closed September 17, 2021

Reel Out Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
November 5-7, 2021
Submissions closed on August 27, 2021

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 10-14, 2021
Submissions closed June 23, 2021

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 19-21, 2021
Submissions closed September 22, 2021

Down East Flick Fest
Greenville, NC
November 19-21, 2021
Submissions closed August 25, 2021

Stranger Days Independent Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
December 10-12, 2021
Submissions accepted January 4-July 5, 2021 (regular deadline), November 1, 2021 (final deadline)

Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival
Chapel Hill, NC
February 19-20, 2022
Submissions accepted March 1-July 1, 2021 (regular deadline), November 1, 2021 (extended deadline)

Reel Teal Film Festival at UNCW
Wilmington, NC
March 5, 2022
Submissions accepted September 1-December 1, 2021 (regular submission deadline), December 31, 2021 (extended local deadline)

Bull City International Film Festival
Durham, NC
March 5-6, 2022
Submissions accepted March 15-August 13, 2021 (regular deadline), January 14, 2022 (extended deadline)

Foothills Film Festival
Shelby, NC
March 11-12, 2022
Submissions accepted July 15-December 15, 2021 (regular deadline), January 15, 2022 (late deadline)

Cinema Sisters International Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
March 11-13, 2022
Submissions accepted Augst 1-November 1, 2021 (regular deadline), December 21, 2021 (extended deadline)

RiverRun International Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC (with events also scheduled in Greensboro)
April 21-30, 2022
Submissions accepted September 1-November 15, 2021 (regular deadline), December 15, 2021 (late deadline)

North Carolina South & East International Asian Film Festival
Durahm, NC
April 23, 2022
Submissions closed September 17, 2021

Longleaf Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
May 13-14, 2022
Submissions acccepted Augst 11-December 1, 2021 (regular deadline), March 1, 2022 (extended deadline)

Charlotte Black Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
June 15-19, 2022
Submissions accepted July 13. 2021-January 21, 2022 (regular deadline), March 14, 2022 (late deadline)

Real to Reel Film Festival
Kings Mountain, NC
July 27-30, 2022
Submissions accepted July 26, 2021-March 4, 2022 (regular deadline), May 13, 2022 (extended deadline)

Hayti Heritage Film Festival
Durham, NC
March 6-11, 2023
Submissions accepted August 1-October 31, 2022 (regular deadline), November 20, 2022 (late deadline)



Lumbee Film Festival
Pembroke, NC
Postponed to Spring 2022 (originally scheduled for Sept 2021)
Submissions closed April 22, 2021

Tarheel Shorties Film Festival
Wilson, NC
Submissions TBA

NC Black Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Submissions TBA

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Submissions TBA

Micropolitan Film Festival
Marion, NC
Submissions TBA

Carolina Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
October 2021
Submissions TBA

FilmSPARK, part of SPARKcon
Raleigh, NC
Fall 2021
Submissions TBA

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte, NC 
Winter 2022 (exact dates TBA)

Triad Jewish Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
Winter 2022 (exact dates TBA)

Visions Film Festival and Conference
Presented by UNC Wilmington Film Studies Department
Wilmington, NC
Early Spring 2022 (exact dates TBA)
Submissions TBA

Joedance Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Summer 2022 (exact dates TBA)
Submissions TBA

OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival (formerly NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival)
Durham, NC
Summer 2022 (exact dates TBA)
Submissions TBA

Cat Fly Film Festival
Asheville, NC
Summer 2022 (exact dates TBA)
Submissions TBA

Dirty Dancing Festival
Lake Lure, NC
TBA September 2022 (2020, 2021 events cancelled due to COVID-19)

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