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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.

 

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 closed for 2018 festival)

NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Durham, NC
August 16-23, 2018
(Submissions closed for 2018 festival)

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

Asheville Film Festival
Asheville, NC
September 8, 2018
(Submissions closed for 2018 festival)

Full Bloom Film Festival
Statesville, NC
September 13-15. 2018
(Submissions closed for 2018 festival)

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 closed for 2018 festival)

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
September 26-30, 2018
(Submissions closed for 2018 festival)

Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 28-30, 2018
(Submissions closed for 2018 festival)

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

Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival
Cary, 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 closed for 2018 festival)

Raleigh Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
October 5-7, 2018
(Submissions closed for 2018 festival)

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

Indigo Moon Film Festival
Fayetteville, NC
October 12-14, 2018
(Submissions closed for 2018 festival)

Carolina Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
October 13, 2018
(Submissions closed for 2018 festival)

Halloween International Film Festival
Kill Devil Hills, NC
October 25-27, 2018
(Submissions closed for 2018 festival)

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)

Marquee on Main Film Festival
Washington, NC
November 2-3 2018
(Submissions closed for 2018 festival)

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 7-11, 2018
(Submissions accepted from March 9-August 2, 2018)

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 17-18, 2018
(Submissions accepted from June 26-September 28, 2018)

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
February 9-March 3, 2019

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Durham, NC
April 4-7, 2019
(Submissions accepted September 1-December 15, 2018)

RiverRun International Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
April 4-14, 2019
(Submissions accepted from August 15-December 1, 2018)

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

Longleaf Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
May 10-11, 2019
(Submissions accepted from July 11, 2018-March 1, 2019)

Real to Reel Film Festival
Kings Mountain, NC
July 24-27, 2019
(Submissions anticpated opening in late October)

 

FILM FESTIVALS WHOSE DATES ARE TBD

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

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)

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Spring 2019

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

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Summer 2019
(Submissions anticipated to open in November)

BEYOND: The Film Festival
Cary, NC
Summer 2019
(Submissions anticpated to open in November)

Lumbee Film Festival
Pembroke, NC
Summer 2019
(Submissions opening TBA)

CineOdyssey Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Summer 2019
(Submissions anticpated to open in February or March)

Down East Flick Fest
Greenville, NC
Summer 2019
(Submissions opening TBA)

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