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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.

 

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

Triad Jewish Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
February 9-20, 2019

Hayti Heritage Film Festival
Durham, NC
February 14-16, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 fest on 12/7/18)

Reel Teal Film Festival at UNCW
Wilmington, NC
February 16, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 fest on 12/1/18, 12/31/18 for locals)

Franklin County International Film Festival
Franklinton & Louisburg, NC
March 2, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 fest on 12/9/18)

Nevermore Film Festival
Durham, NC
March 8-10, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 fest on 12/20/18)

NC Black Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
March 21-24, 2019

Cat Fly Film Festival
Asheville, NC
March 29-31, 2019
(Submissions December 21, 2018-February 25, 2019)

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Durham, NC
April 4-7, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 fest on 12/15/18)

RiverRun International Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
April 4-14, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2109 fest on 12/1/18)

Charlotte Black Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
April 11-14, 2019
(Submissions accepted August 19, 2018-January 19, 2019)

Visions Film Festival and Conference
Presented by UNC Wilmington Film Studies Department
Wilmington, NC
April 11-12, 2019
(Submissions accepted November 2, 2018-January 25, 2019)

Reel Out Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
April 28-May 5, 2019
(Submissions accepted October 1, 2018-March 1, 2019)

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

Highlands Film Festival
Highlands, NC
May 15, 2019
(Submissions accepted August 28, 2018-April 22, 2019)

Lumbee Film Festival
Pembroke, NC
May 23-24, 2019
(Submissions accepted December 12, 2018-March 13, 2019)

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
June 7-8, 2019
(Submissions accepted November 5, 2018-May 4, 2019)

BEYOND: The Film Festival
Cary, NC
June 19-23, 2019
(Submissions accepted December 1, 2018-March 15, 2019)

Real to Reel Film Festival
Kings Mountain, NC
July 24-27, 2019
(Submissions accepted August 6, 2018-May 3, 2019)

Joedance Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
August 1-3, 2019
(Submissions accepted November 1, 2018-April 30, 2019)

Micropolitan Film Festival
Marion, NC
August 9-10, 2019
(Submissions accepted November 1, 2018-May 1, 2019)

Asheville Film Festival
Asheville, NC
September 7, 2019
(Submissions accepted December 17, 2018 - July 6, 2019)

Dirty Dancing Festival
Lake Lure, NC
September 13-14, 2019

Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 27-29, 2019
(Submissions accepted November 1, 2018-June 1, 2019)

Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival
Cary, NC
September 28-29, 2019
(Submissions accepted October 1, 2018-July 31, 2019)

Halloween International Film Festival
Kill Devil Hills, NC
October 3-5, 2019 
(Submissions accepted December 10, 2018-June 30, 2019)

Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival
Clemmons, NC
October 4-5, 2019
(Submissions accepted February 1-August 11, 2019)

Indigo Moon Film Festival
Fayetteville, NC
October 11-13, 2019
(Submissions accepted February 1-July 31, 2019)

North Carolina South Asian Film Festival
Durahm, NC
October 20-21, 2019
(Submissions accepted May 1, 2018-June 30, 2019)

Raleigh Film & Arts Festival
Raleigh, NC
October 26, 2019
(Submissions accepted October 14, 2018-August 1, 2019)

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 23-24, 2019
(Submissions opening TBA)

Boone Film Festival
Boone, NC
February 28-29, 2020
(Submissions closed for 2018 festival)

 

FILM FESTIVALS WHOSE DATES ARE TBD

Chick Flicks Festival
Wilmington, NC
Spring 2019
(Submissions opening TBA)

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Spring 2019

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)

NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Durham, NC
Summer 2019 (typically August)
(Submissions opening TBA)

Full Bloom Film Festival
Statesville, NC
Late Summer/Early Fall 2019 (typically in September)
(Submissions opening TBA)

Surfalorus
Outer Banks, NC
Late Summer/Early Fall 2019 (typically in September)

Peak City International Film Festival
Apex, NC
Late Summer/Early Fall 2019 (typically in September)
(Submissions opening TBA)

Wreak Havoc Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
Late Summer/Early Fall 2019 (typicaly in September)
(Submissions opening TBA)

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Late Summer/Early Fall 2019 (typically in September)
(Submissions opening TBA)

Film Fest 919
Chapel Hill, NC
Fall 2019 (exact dates TBA)

OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
Fall 2019 (exact dates TBA)

Tryon International Film Festival
Tryon, NC
Fall 2019 (exact dates TBA)
(Submissions opening TBA)

Carolina Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Fall 2019 (exact date TBA)
(Submissions opening TBA)

FilmSPARK, part of SPARKcon
Raleigh, NC
Fall 2019 (exact dates TBA)
(Submissions opening TBA)

Reel 2 Reel Student Film Festival
Burlington, NC
Fall 2019 (exact dates TBA)
(Submissions opening TBA)

Marquee on Main Film Festival
Washington, NC
Fall 2019 (exact dates TBA)
(Submissions opening 2019)

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 2019 (exact dates TBA)
(Submissions opening TBA)

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