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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.

 

Reel Teal Film Festival at UNCW
Wilmington, NC
February 1, 2020
(Submissions for 2020 festival closed on December 1, 2019)

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
February 1-23, 2020

Hayti Heritage Film Festival
Durham, NC
February 13-15, 2020
(Submissions for 2020 festival closed on November 15, 2019)

Triad Jewish Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
February 27-March 8, 2020

Cinema Sisters International Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
March 6-7, 2020
(Submissions for 2020 festival closed on January 25, 2020)

Wake Forest Film Festival
Wake Forest, NC
March 13-14, 2020
(Submissions for 2020 festival closed on November 8, 2019)

RiverRun International Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC (with events also scheduled in Greensboro)
March 25-April 6, 2020
(Submissions for 2020 festival closed in December 2019)

Charlotte Black Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
April 2-5, 2020
(Submissions for 2020 festival closed on January 25, 2020)

Longleaf Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
May 8-9, 2020
(Submissions accepted July 1, 2019-March 1, 2020)

Tarheel Shorties Film Festival
Wilson, NC
May 8, 2020
(Submissions accepted January 22-March 5, 2020)

Reel Out Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
May 9-17, 2020
(Submissions accepted September 27, 2019-March 13, 2020)

NC Black Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
May 14-17, 2020
(Submissions accepted February 17-April 5, 2020)

Cat Fly Film Festival
Asheville, NC
May 29-31, 2020
(Submissions accepted January 5-April 3, 2020)

BEYOND: The Film Festival
Cary, NC
June 11-14, 2020
(Submissions October 1, 2019-March 13, 2020)

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
June 18-20, 2020
(Submissions accepted September 18, 2019-May 18, 2020)

Real to Reel Film Festival
Kings Mountain, NC
July 22-25, 2020
(Submissions accepted July 29, 2019-May 1, 2020)

CineOdyssey Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
July 22-25, 2020
(Submissions November 3, 2019-April 3, 2020)

Joedance Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
August 6-8, 2020
(Submissions accepted November 1, 2019-May 1, 2020)

OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival (formerly NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival)
Durham, NC
August 13-16, 2020
(Submissions accepted February 1-May 16(shorts)/June 6 (features), 2020)

Micropolitan Film Festival
Marion, NC
August 14-15, 2020
(Submissions accepted August 10, 2019-June 1, 2020)

Dirty Dancing Festival
Lake Lure, NC
September 11-12, 2020

Surfalorus
Outer Banks, NC
September 17-19, 2020
(Submissions accepted February 20-June 4, 2020)

Wreak Havoc Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
September 18-19, 2020
(Submissions accepted January 1-July 31, 2020)

Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 23-27, 2020
(Submissions accepted November 1, 2019-June 1, 2020)

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
September 23-27, 2020
(Submissions accepted February 7-July 24, 2020)

Halloween International Film Festival
Kill Devil Hills, NC
October 1-3, 2020
(Submissions accepted December 1, 2019-June 30, 2020)

OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
October 1-4, 2020
(Submissions accepted starting June 1, 2020)

Raleigh Film & Arts Festival
Raleigh, NC
October 2-4, 2020
(Submissions accepted October 11, 2019-July 1, 2020)

Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival
Chapel Hill, NC
October 3-4, 2020
(Submissions accepted November 1, 2019-June 15, 2020)

Indigo Moon Film Festival
Fayetteville, NC
October 9-11, 2020
(Submissions accepted February 1-July 31, 2020)

Tryon International Film Festival
Tryon, NC
October 9-11, 2020
(Submissions accepted January 1-August 21, 2020)

Film Fest 919
Chapel Hill, NC
October 14-18, 2020

Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival
Clemmons, NC
October 16-17, 2020 
(Submissions accepted February 1-August 2, 2020)

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 11-15, 2020
(Submissions TBA)

Stranger Days Independent Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
November 14-15, 2020
(Submissions accepted November 18, 2019-July 1, 2020)

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 20-22, 2020
(Submissions accepted February 10-August 31, 2020)

 

 

FILM FESTIVALS WHOSE DATES ARE TBD

Visions Film Festival and Conference
Presented by UNC Wilmington Film Studies Department
Wilmington, NC
Spring 2020 (typically sometime between late March to mid-April)
(Submissions opening TBA)

Lumbee Film Festival
Pembroke, NC
Spring 2020 (exact dates TBA)
(Submissions opening TBA)

FilmSPARK, part of SPARKcon
Raleigh, NC
Fall 2020
(Submissions TBA)

Full Bloom Film Festival
Statesville, NC
Fall 2020
(Submissions TBA)

Peak City International Film Festival
Apex, NC
Fall 2020
(Submissions TBA)

Carolina Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Fall 2020
(Submissions TBA)

North Carolina South & East International Asian Film Festival
Durahm, NC
Fall 2020
(Submissions TBA)

Marquee on Main Film Festival
Washington, NC
Fall 2020
(Submissions TBA)

Asheville Film Festival
Asheville, NC
TBA
(Submissions TBA)

Down East Flick Fest
Greenville, NC
TBA
(Submissions TBA)

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