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

Charlotte Region

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
February 14-March 1, 2015

GayCharlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
April 24-27, 2014

Real to Reel Film Festival
Kings Mountain, NC
July 9-12, 2014

100 Words Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
November 22, 2014


Durham/RTP Region

Nevermore Film Festival
Durham, NC
February 20-22, 2015

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Durham, NC
April 9-12, 2015

Strange Beauty Film Festival
Durham, NC
June 12-14, 2014

NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Durham, NC
August 14-22, 2015

Escapism Film Festival
Durham, NC
September 19-22, 2014

Ava Gardner Festival
Smithfield, NC
October 3-5, 2014

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 22-23, 2014


Eastern North Carolina Region

Eastern NC Film Festival
Winterville, NC
September 12-13, 2014

Down East Flick Fest
Greenville, NC
March 20-22, 2015

Northeast North Carolina Region

NC Family Film Festival
Murfreesboro/Ahoskie/Winton, NC
September 19-21, 2014


Piedmont Triad Region

Carolina Film & Video Festival
Presented by UNC Greensboro
Greensboro, NC
February 26-March 1, 2014

Triad Jewish Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
February 22-March 8, 2014

Reynolda Film Festival
Presented by Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC
March 24-27, 2014

RiverRun International Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
April 17-26, 2015


Wilmington Region

NC Black Film Festival (formally Cine Noir)
Wilmington, NC
March 2015 (exact dates TBA)

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
April 3-6, 2014

Visions Film Festival and Conference
Presented by UNC Wilmington Film Studies Department
Wilmington, NC
April 4, 2014

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
April 29-May 3, 2015

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 12-16, 2014


Western North Carolina Region

Dirty Dancing Festival
Lake Lure, NC
August 15-16, 2014

Howl-O-Palooza Film Festival
Lenior, NC
October 25, 2014

Asheville Cinema Festival
Asheville, NC
November 7-10, 2014