NC Filmmakers: Submissions Open for 2017 Film Festivals

Filmmakers looking for festivals to show their films may wish to submit to these upcoming film festivals.

Links to submission guidelines are included. Check out the guidelines to see what categories are being accepted.

Festival dates have been included, for filmmakers and for those who just want to go check out the selected films.

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival

Call for entries is open for this 17th-annual film festival. CFIFF film submission regular deadline is 

For those interested in attending, the festival is June 15-17, 2017, in Wilmington NC.  See more at

Real to Reel International Film Festival

Submissions are open for  documentaries, features, shorts, and animation.The early bird deadline has passed. The regular deadline is March 10, 2017, with the last deadline is April 7, 2017. A “Withoutabox” extended deadline is listed as May 5, 2017. Fees vary from $25 to $55 depending on date submitted, and professional vs. amateur/student film designation. See guidelines at

According to the festival description:

Our goal is to showcase thought-provoking films and offer a venue where movie lovers who appreciate independent vision can celebrate this unique art form.

This Cleveland County Arts Council festival is scheduled for July 26-29, 2017, in Kings Mountain NC. In addition to the regular screenings, “Real to Reel Kids Fest” screenings take place Saturday.

Glass Tulip Film Festival

Film submissions are being accepted until March 15, 2017. Film submission fee is $50 in each category. See available categories, guidelines, and film submission information here.

This festival features “Amateur and Student films from North Carolina.” Films made by NC high school, college or university students may be submitted. The site definition of “Amateur” is “non-student, non-professional full-time film makers.”

For those interested in attending the festival and viewing the films, the festival is April 14-15, 2017, at the Historic Turnage Theatre in Washington NC. See more at

Tryon International Film Festival

Submissions are 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

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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