Fall 2017 NC Film Festivals Accepting Submissions

Source: Runner1616 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons.
Source: Runner1616 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons.

Filmmakers looking for opportunities to show their film may be interested in submitting entries for these upcoming North Carolina film festivals. Links to submission guidelines are included below. Check out the guidelines to see what categories are being accepted.

For movie-goers interested in attending a film festival in NC, basic festival information (dates, locations) has been included.

Cucalorus Festival

Cucalorus is accepting submissions for its 23rd-annual festival, which will be held November 8-12, 2017, in Wilmington NC.

The (last) Late Deadline for submissions is July 13, 2017. Cucalorus is exploring creativity through three main programs: Film, Stage, and Connect.

  • Cucalorus Film seeks entries from low-budget shorts to award-winning features. Cucalorus Film submissions can include everything from experimental animations to virtual reality and beyond.
  • Cucalorus Stage seeks performances in music, dance, theatre, comedy and installation, with programs showcasing slam poetry, one-woman shows, pork-belly punk bands, stand-up routines, and immersive experiences! Stage programs include Dance-a-lorus, the Bus to Lumberton, and Visual/Sound/Walls.
  • Cucalorus Connect highlights entrepreneurs with pitches, panels, speakers, workshops, and events featuring hot new startups and emerging economic trends. Cucalorus Connect provides thought-leaders, aspiring entrepreneurs, students, and community members a platform to cultivate powerful relationships across a range of different industries, from healthcare to financial services.

“All submissions must include an entry form and fee, and a late night bathroom selfie,” according to the organizers. Note that Wilmington residents do not pay entry fees. Submit on the Cucalorus website. Email with “comments, questions, concerns, and cute cat videos.”

During the five-day celebration in downtown Wilmington, thousands of filmmakers, artists, entrepreneurs, and creative explorers come together for an inclusive, international, and interactive cultural exchange. Accumulated attendance at the 2016 festival was 17,874, with travelers coming from around the world for the retreat-style gathering known for its late night parties and unexpected programming.

Halloween International Film Festival

This film festival is held in Kill Devil Hills NC (Outer Banks, coastal area). Submissions are being accepted now through July 20, 2017 — the “final Last Call Deadline.” Film submission details and links are available at obxentertainment.com/halloweenfilmfestival.

This second-annual film fest is scheduled for October 26-28, 2017. The festival will feature independent films from around the world, and is followed by the Outer Banks Halloween Parade (October 29, 2017).

Tryon International Film Festival

Submissions in all genres that highlight “the beauty, health and welfare of the horse” are being accepted. The regular submission date is September 13, 2017, with extended deadlines to September 23, 2017. Submission guidelines are available on filmfreeway.com/festival/TRIFF17.

The 2017 film festival theme is “It’s all about the horse” and the EQUUS Film Festival tour is joining the festival.

TIFF is scheduled for October 27-29, 2017, in Tryon NC (Polk County, southeast of Asheville). As the festival dates approach, details may be available via their Facebook page.

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