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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.

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Full Bloom Film Festival
Statesville, NC
September 14-16 2017

FilmSPARK, part of SPARKcon
Raleigh, NC
September 14-17, 2017

Marquee on Main Film Festival
Washington, NC
September 15-17, 2017

NC Black Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
September 15-18, 2017

Asheville Film Festival
Asheville, NC
September 16, 2017

Outer Banks, NC
September 21-23 2017

Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 22-24, 2017

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
September 22 - October 1, 2017

Boone Film Festival
Boone, NC
September 28-30, 2017

OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
October 5-8, 2017

Indigo Moon Film Festival
Fayetteville, NC
October 13-15, 2017

Raleigh Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
October 20-22, 2017

Halloween International Film Festival
Kill Devil Hills, NC
October 26-28, 2017

Tryon International Film Festival
Tryon, NC
October 27-29, 2017

100 Words Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
November 3-4, 2017

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 8-12, 2017

Peak City International Film Festival
Apex, NC
November 17-18, 2017

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 18-19, 2017

Triad Jewish Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
February 10-25, 2018

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
February 10-March 5, 2018

Nevermore Film Festival
Durham, NC
February 23-25, 2018

Charlotte Black Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
April 4-8, 2018

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Durham, NC
April 5-8, 2018

Visions Film Festival and Conference
Presented by UNC Wilmington Film Studies Department
Wilmington, NC
April 6, 2018

RiverRun International Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
April 19-29, 2018

Praxis Film Festival
Goldsboro, NC
May 4-5, 2018

Longleaf Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
May 11-12, 2018

NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Durham, NC
August 16-23, 2018



North Carolina International South Asian Film Festival
Durahm, NC
Dates TBD, Winter 2018

DocuTime Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Dates TBD, Winter 2018

Glass Tulip Film Festival
Washington, NC
Dates TBD, Spring 2018

Franklin County International Film Festival
Franklinton & Louisburg, NC
Dates TBD, Spring 2018

Eastern NC Film Festival
Winterville, NC
Dates TBD, Spring 2018

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Dates TBD, Spring 2018

GayCharlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Dates TBD, Summer 2018

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Dates TBD, Summer 2018

Real to Reel Film Festival
Kings Mountain, NC
Dates TBD, Summer 2018

Dirty Dancing Festival
Lake Lure, NC
Dates TBD, Summer (typically in August) 2018

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