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 23-26, 2015

Real to Reel Film Festival
Kings Mountain, NC
July 22-25, 2015

Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
Sept 25-27, 2015

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Sept 25 - Oct 3, 2015

100 Words Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Fall 2015 (exact dates TBD)


Durham/RTP Region

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

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

Longleaf Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
May 2, 2015

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

Escapism Film Festival
Durham, NC
September 18-20, 2015

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

Strange Beauty Film Festival
Durham, NC
October 23-24, 2015

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 21-22, 2015


Eastern North Carolina Region

Eastern NC Film Festival
Winterville, NC
June 13, 2015

Down East Flick Fest
Greenville, NC
April 10-11, 2015

Praxis Film Festival
Goldsboro, NC
February 5-6, 2016

Northeast North Carolina Region

NC Family Film Festival
Murfreesboro/Ahoskie/Winton, NC
September 2015 (exact dates TBD)


Piedmont Triad Region

Carolina Film & Video Festival
Presented by UNC Greensboro
Greensboro, NC
Winter 2015 (exact dates TBD)

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

Reynolda Film Festival
Presented by Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC
April 20-25, 2015

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


Wilmington Region

NC Black Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
March 26-29, 2015

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
April 19-29, 2015

Visions Film Festival and Conference
Presented by UNC Wilmington Film Studies Department
Wilmington, NC
April 17, 2015

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
June 11-14, 2015

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 11-15, 2015


Western North Carolina Region

Dirty Dancing Festival
Lake Lure, NC
August 14-15, 2015

Howl-O-Palooza Film Festival
Lenior, NC
October 2015 (exact dates TBD)

Asheville Cinema Festival
Asheville, NC
November 2015 (exact dates TBD)