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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.

 

Cat Fly Film Festival
Asheville, NC
May 29-31, 2020
Note: This year's event is taking place via livestream
Live "Best of" event scheduled for Aug 8, 2020
(Submissions closed April 3)

Charlotte Black Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
June 18-21, 2020 (rescheduled from April due to COVID-19)
(Submissions closed on January 25)

Lumbee Film Festival
Pembroke, NC
July 2-4, 2020
(Submissions closed May 8)

Real to Reel Film Festival
Kings Mountain, NC
July 22-25, 2020
(Submissions closed May 15)

CineOdyssey Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
July 22-25, 2020
(Submissions closed May 22)

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
July 30-August 1, 2020
(Submissions accepted until June 5)

Joedance Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
August 6-8, 2020
Note: this year's event is taking place virtually
(Submissions closed May 1)

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

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

OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival (formerly NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival)
Durham, NC
September 11-12, 2020 (rescheduled from August 13-16 dur to COVID-19)
(Submissions accepted until May 8(shorts) / May 29 (features), 2020)

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

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

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

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

BEYOND: The Film Festival
Cary, NC
September 24-27, 2020 (rescheduled from June due to Covid-19)
(Submissions closed on March 13)

Down East Flick Fest
Greenville, NC
September 25-27, 2020
(Submissions accepted until June 28)

Halloween International Film Festival
Kill Devil Hills, NC
October 1-3, 2020
(Submissions accepted until July 31)

OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
October 1-4, 2020
(Submissions accepted until July 31)

Raleigh Film & Arts Festival
Raleigh, NC
October 2-4, 2020
(Submissions accepted until August 7)

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

NC Black Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
October 8-11, 2020 (rescheduled from May due to COVID-19)
(Submissions extended to July 5,2020 -- late deadline)

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

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

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

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

Reel Out Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
October 24-November 1, 2020 (moved from May due to COVID-19)
(Submissions closed on March 13)

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 11-15, 2020
(Submissions accepted until July 17)

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

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

Cinema Sisters International Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
March 5-7, 2021
(Submissions accepted August 15 - December 15, 2020)

 

 

FILM FESTIVALS WHOSE DATES ARE TBD

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

Peak City International Film Festival
Apex, 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)

Reel Teal Film Festival at UNCW
Wilmington, NC
Winter 2021
(Submissions TBA)

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Winter 2021

Hayti Heritage Film Festival
Durham, NC
Winter 2021
(Submissions TBA)

Triad Jewish Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
Winter 2021

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

RiverRun International Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC (with events also scheduled in Greensboro)
Spring 2021
(Submissions TBA)

Visions Film Festival and Conference
Presented by UNC Wilmington Film Studies Department
Wilmington, NC
Spring 2021 (typically sometime between late March to mid-April)
(Submissions opening TBA)

Longleaf Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
Spring 2021
(Submissions opening TBA)

Tarheel Shorties Film Festival
Wilson, NC
Spring 2021
(Submissions opening TBA)

Carolina Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
October 2021 (2020 event cancelled due to COVID-19)
(Submissions TBA)

FilmSPARK, part of SPARKcon
Raleigh, NC
Fall 2021 (2020 event cancelled due to COVID-19)
(Submissions TBA)

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