Film Festivals

North Carolina plays host to a bevy of film festivals — large and small — throughout the year. If your film festival is not listed, please send a news or media release announcing dates of your upcoming festival to


RiverRun International Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
March 30-April 9, 2017

Visions Film Festival and Conference
Presented by UNC Wilmington Film Studies Department
Wilmington, NC
March 31, 2017

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Durham, NC
April 6-9, 2017

Charlotte Black Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
April 6-9, 2017

Glass Tulip Film Festival
Washington, NC
April 14-15, 2017

Franklin County International Film Festival
Franklinton & Louisburg, NC
April 22, 2017

Eastern NC Film Festival
Winterville, NC
April 29, 2017

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
April 23-May 9, 2017

Longleaf Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
May 12-13, 2017

GayCharlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
June 1-4, 2017

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
June 15-17, 2017

Real to Reel Film Festival
Kings Mountain, NC
July 26-29, 2017

NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Durham, NC
August 10-13, 2017

Dirty Dancing Festival
Lake Lure, NC
August 18-19, 2017

Full Bloom Film Festival
Statesville, NC
September 14-16 2017

Marquee on Main Film Festival
Washington, NC
September 15-17, 2017

Asheville Film Festival
Asheville, NC
September 16, 2017

Outer Banks, NC
September 21-23 2017

Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 22-24, 2017

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
September 22 - October 1, 2017

OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
October 5-8, 2017

Indigo Moon Film Festival
Fayetteville, NC
October 13-15, 2017

Raleigh Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
October 20-22, 2017

Halloween International Film Festival
Kill Devil Hills, NC
October 26-28, 2017

Tryon International Film Festival
Tryon, NC
October 27-29, 2017

100 Words Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
November 3-4, 2017

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 8-12, 2017

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 18-19, 2017




Down East Flick Fest
Greenville, NC
Dates TBD, Spring/Summer 2017

FilmSPARK, part of SPARKcon
Raleigh, NC
Dates TBD, Fall 2017

NC Black Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Dates TBD, Fall 2017

North Carolina International South Asian Film Festival
Durahm, NC
Dates TBD, Winter 2018

Triad Jewish Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
Dates TBD, Winter 2018

Praxis Film Festival
Goldsboro, NC
Dates TBD, Winter 2018

DocuTime Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Dates TBD, Winter 2018

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Dates TBD, Winter 2018

Nevermore Film Festival
Durham, NC
Dates TBD, Winter 2018