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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 1-3, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival on April 30)

Micropolitan Film Festival
Marion, NC
August 9-10, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival on May 1)

NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Durham, NC
August 15-19, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival on June 8)

Asheville Film Festival
Asheville, NC
September 7, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival on July 6)

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

Down East Flick Fest
Greenville, NC
September 13-14, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival on June 22)

FilmSPARK, part of SPARKcon
Raleigh, NC
September 13-15, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival)

Surfalorus
Outer Banks, NC
September 19-21, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival on May 15)

Full Bloom Film Festival
Statesville, NC
September 19-22, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival on June 22)

Peak City International Film Festival
Apex, NC
September 20-21, 2019
(Submissions accepted April 19-September 10, 2019)

Wreak Havoc Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
September 20-22, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival on July 31)

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
September 26-29, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival on July 26)

Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 27-29, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival on June 1)

Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival
Cary, NC
September 28-29, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival on July 31)

Halloween International Film Festival
Kill Devil Hills, NC
October 3-5, 2019 
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival on June 30)

OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
October 3-6, 2019 
(Submissions accepted starting June 1, 2019)

Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival
Clemmons, NC
October 4-5, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival on August 11)

Raleigh Film & Arts Festival
Raleigh, NC
October 4-5, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival on August 1)

Film Fest 919
Chapel Hill, NC
October 9-13, 2019

Indigo Moon Film Festival
Fayetteville, NC
October 11-13, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival on July 31)

Tryon International Film Festival
Tryon, NC
October 11-13, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival on August 5)

Carolina Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
October 19-20, 2019
(Submissions accepted January 8-August 30, 2019)

North Carolina South Asian Film Festival
Durahm, NC
October 20-21, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival on June 30)

Marquee on Main Film Festival
Washington, NC
November 1-2, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival on July 31)

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 23-24, 2019
(Submissions acceptted July 8-September 30, 2019)

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 13-17, 2019
(Submissions closed for 2019 festival on July 17)

Hayti Heritage Film Festival
Durham, NC
February 13-15, 2020
(Submissions acceptted August 19-November 15, 2019)

Boone Film Festival
Boone, NC
February 28-29, 2020
(Submissions date TBA)

Charlotte Black Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
April 2-5, 2020
(Submissions acceptted July 16, 2019-January 25, 2020)

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

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

 

FILM FESTIVALS WHOSE DATES ARE TBD

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Spring 2019

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

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Winter 2020 (exact dates TBA)

Triad Jewish Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
Winter 2020 (exact dates TBA)

Reel Teal Film Festival at UNCW
Wilmington, NC
Winter 2020 (typically sometime in February)
(Submissions opening TBA)

Cinema Sisters International Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Late Winter/Early Spring 2020 (possibly sometime in March)
(Submissions opening TBA)

NC Black Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Early Spring 2020 (exact dates TBA)

Cat Fly Film Festival
Asheville, NC
Early Spring 2020 (exact dates TBA)
(Submissions opening TBA)

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)

Reel Out Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Spring 2020 (exact dates TBA)
(Submissions opening TBA)

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

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Summer 2020 (typically in June)
(Submissions opening TBA)

Tarheel Shorties Film Festival
Wilson, NC
Summer 2020 (typically in June)
(Submissions opening TBA)

BEYOND: The Film Festival
Cary, NC
Summer 2020 (typically in June)
(Submissions opening TBA)

CineOdyssey Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
July 18-20, 2019
(Submissions opening TBA)

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