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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.

*NOTE:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many festivals are being rescheduled or cancelled.  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.

RiverRun International Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC (with events also scheduled in Greensboro)
May 6-16, 2021
Submissions closed December 15, 2020

Longleaf Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
May 14-15, 2021
Submissions closed on February 1, 2021

Cinema Sisters International Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
June 10-13, 2021
Submissions closed February 28, 2021

Charlotte Black Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
June 16-20, 2021
Submissions closed March 31, 2021

Lumbee Film Festival
Pembroke, NC
July 8-11, 2021
Submissions accepted February 3-April 22, 2021 (only deadline)

Real to Reel Film Festival
Kings Mountain, NC
July 21-24, 2021
Submissions accepted October 15, 2020-March 5, 2021 (reguar deadline), May 14, 2021 (extended deadline)

Joedance Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
August 5-7, 2021
Submissions accepted October 17, 2020-April 30, 2021 (regular deadline), June 1, 2021 (final deadline)

OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival (formerly NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival)
Durham, NC
August 13-19, 2021
Submissions accepted March 1-April 18, 2021 (regular deadline), May 14, 2021 (shirts final deadline), June 4, 2021 (features final deadline)

Cat Fly Film Festival
Asheville, NC
August 26-29 2021
Submissions accepted March 31-June 23, 2021 (only deadline)

CineOdyssey Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
September 16-November 6, 2021
Submissions accepted February 1-May 17, 2021 (regular deadline), August 17, 2021 (extended late deadline)

Wreak Havoc Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
September 17-18, 2021
Submissions accepted January 1-June 30, 2021 (regular deadline), July 31, 2021 (last chance deadline)

Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 22-26, 2021
Submissions accepted now-May 1, 2021 (regular deadline), June 1, 2021 (late submission deadline)

Surfalorus
Outer Banks, NC
September 22-25, 2021
Submissions accepted January 5-April 28, 2021 (regular deadline), May 18, 2021 (late deadline)

OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC 
September 23-26, 2021
Submissions accepted February 1-June 1, 2021 (regular deadline), July 1, 2021 (extended deadline)

Raleigh Film & Art Festival
Raleigh, NC 
October 1-3, 2021
Submissions accepted October 8, 2020-May 1, 2021 (regular deadline), July 7, 2021 (late deadline)

BEYOND: The Film Festival
Cary, NC
October 7-10, 2021
Submissions accepted February 1-June 15, 2021 (only deadline)

Reel 2 Reel Student Film Festival
Burlington, NC
October 8, 2021 
Submissions accepted January 8-September 6, 2021 (deadline)

Tryon International Film Festival
Tryon, NC
October 8-10, 2021 
Submissions accepted December 1, 2020-August 2, 2021 (regular deadline), August 22, 2021 (late deadline)

Indigo Moon Film Festival
Fayetteville, NC 
October 8-15, 2021
Submissions accepted January 15-May 1, 2021 (regular deadline), July 31, 2021 (last, last minute deadline)

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC 
October 13-17, 2021
Submissions accepted January 4-June 30, 2021 (regular deadline), July 23, 2021 (extended deadline)

Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival
Clemmons, NC
October 15-16, 2021
Submissions accepted February 1-June 6, 2021 (regular deadline), August 1, 2021 (final deadline)

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 10-14, 2021
Submissions accepted February 17-May 26, 2021 (regular deadline), June 23, 2021 (extended deadline)

Beaufort Film Festival
Beaufort, NC
November 11-14, 2021
Submissions accepted December 1, 2020-May 1, 2021 (regular deadline), July 1, 2021 (late deadline)

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 19-21, 2021
Submissions accepted Janurary 25-August 31, 2021 (regular deadline), September 22, 2021 (late deadline)

Stranger Days Independent Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
November 20-21, 2021
Submissions acccepted January 4-July 5, 2021 (regular deadline), September 6, 2021 (late 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)

North Carolina South & East International Asian Film Festival
Durahm, NC
April 3, 2022
Submissions accepted March 1-May 29, 2021 (regular deadline), September 17, 2021 (extended deadline)

 

FILM FESTIVALS WHOSE DATES ARE TBD

Wake Forest Film Festival
Wake Forest, NC
Early Spring 2021
Submissions TBA

Tarheel Shorties Film Festival
Wilson, NC
Late Spring/early Summer 2021
Submissions TBA

NC Black Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Late Spring/May 2021
Submissions TBA

Reel Out Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
May 2021
Submissions TBA

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Summer 2021
Submissions TBA

Micropolitan Film Festival
Marion, NC
Summer 2021
Submissions TBA

Down East Flick Fest
Greenville, NC
Late Summer/Early Fall 2021
Submissions TBA

Film Fest 919
Chapel Hill, NC
Fall 2021

Carolina Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
October 2021
Submissions TBA

Halloween International Film Festival
Kill Devil Hills, 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)

Hayti Heritage Film Festival
Durham, NC
Late Winter/Early Spring 2022
Submissions TBA

Visions Film Festival and Conference
Presented by UNC Wilmington Film Studies Department
Wilmington, NC
Early Spring 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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