Updated for 2020-2021! Looking for somewhere to screen your next masterpiece? North Carolina is home to an ever-growing number of film festivals both large and small. Below we’ve organized a list of each North Carolina film festival we could find, arranged by location. If we’ve missed a film festival, please drop us a comment below and we’ll be sure to add them to the list.

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Charlotte Region

Charlotte Black Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
June 14-20, 2021
(Submissions accepted June 24-December 19, 2020 (regular deadline), March 31, 2021 (late deadline)

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte, NC (held virtually)
February 4-28, 2021

Reel Out Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
May 2021
Submissions TBA

Real to Reel Film Festival
Kings Mountain, NC
July 21-24, 2021
Submissions accepted October 15, 2020-March 5, 2021 (reguar deadline), May 14, 2021 (extended deadline)

CineOdyssey Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Summer 2021
Submissions TBA

Joedance Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
August 5-7, 2021
Submissions accepted October 17, 2020-April 30, 2021 (regular deadline), June 1, 2021 (final deadline)

Full Bloom Film Festival
Statesville, NC
September 16-18, 2021

Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 22-26, 2021
Submissions accepted now-May 1, 2021 (regular deadline), June 1, 2021 (late submission deadline)

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
October 13-17, 2021
Submissions accepted January 4-June 30, 2021 (regular deadline), July 23, 2021 (extended deadline)

Carolina Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
October 2021
Submissions TBA

Stranger Days Independent Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
November 20-21, 2021
Submissions accepted January 4-July 5, 2021 (regular deadline), November 1, 2021 (final deadline)

 


Triangle/RTP Region

Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival
Chapel Hill, NC
February 20-21, 2021
Submissions closed July 1, 2020

Hayti Heritage Film Festival
Durham, NC
March 1-6, 2021
Submissions closed November 20, 2020

Bull City International Film Festival
Durham, NC (held virtually)
March 5-8, 2021
Submissions closed January 15, 2021

Wake Forest Film Festival
Wake Forest, NC
Early Spring 2021
Submissions TBA

Longleaf Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
May 14-15, 2021
Submissions closed on February 1, 2021

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Durham, NC
June 2 – 6, 2021

BEYOND: The Film Festival
Cary, NC
Summer 2021
Submissions TBA

OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival (formerly NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival)
Durham, NC
Late Summer 2021
Submissions TBA

Raleigh Film & Art Festival
Raleigh, NC
October 1-3, 2021
Submissions accepted October 8, 2020-May 1, 2021 (regular deadline), July 7, 2021 (late deadline)

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 19-21, 2021
Submissions accepted January 25-August 31, 2021 (regular deadline), September 22, 2021 (late deadline)

FilmSPARK, part of SPARKcon
Raleigh, NC
Fall 2021
Submissions TBA

Motion for Pictures
Cary, NC
First Wednesday of every month

Film Fest 919
Chapel Hill, NC
Fall 2021

North Carolina South & East International Asian Film Festival
Durham, NC
April 3, 2022
Submissions accepted March 1-May 29, 2021 (regular deadline), September 17, 2021 (extended deadline)

 


Eastern NC/Outer Banks Region

 

Tarheel Shorties Film Festival
Wilson, NC
Spring 2021
Submissions TBA

Praxis Film Festival
Goldsboro, NC
February 3-4, 2017

Down East Flick Fest
Greenville, NC
Late Summer/Early Fall 2021
Submissions TBA

Surfalorus
Outer Banks, NC
September 22-25, 2021
Submissions accepted January 5-April 28, 2021 (regular deadline), May 18, 2021 (late deadline)

Halloween International Film Festival
Kill Devil Hills, NC
October 2021
Submissions TBA

Beaufort Film Festival
Beaufort, NC
November 11-14, 2021
Submissions accepted December 1, 2020-May 1, 2021 (regular deadline), July 1, 2021 (late deadline)

 


Fayetteville NC/Sandhills Region

Lumbee Film Festival
Pembroke, NC
July 8-11, 2021
Submissions accepted February 3-April 22, 2021 (only deadline)

Indigo Moon Film Festival
Fayetteville, NC
October 8-15, 2021
Submissions accepted January 15-May 1, 2021 (regular deadline), July 31, 2021 (last, last minute deadline)

 

 


Northeast NC Region

 


Piedmont Triad Region

Triad Jewish Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
February 25-March 14, 2021

RiverRun International Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC (with events also scheduled in Greensboro)
May 6-16, 2021
Submissions closed December 15, 2020

Wreak Havoc Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
September 17-18, 2021
Submissions accepted January 1-June 30, 2021 (regular deadline), July 31, 2021 (last chance deadline)

OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
September 30-October 3, 2021
Submissions accepted April 1-June 1, 2021 (regular deadline), July 1, 2021 (extended deadline)

Reel 2 Reel Student Film Festival
Burlington, NC
October 8, 2021
Submissions accepted January 8-September 6, 2021 (deadline)

Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival
Clemmons, NC
October 15-16, 2021
Submissions accepted February 1-June 6, 2021 (regular deadline), August 1, 2021 (final deadline)

 


Wilmington Region

Reel Teal Film Festival at UNCW
Wilmington, NC
February 13, 2021
Submissions closed on December 31, 2020

Visions Film Festival and Conference
Presented by UNC Wilmington Film Studies Department
Wilmington, NC
March 24-28, 2021
Submissions closed on January 25, 2021

NC Black Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Late Spring/May 2021
Submissions TBA

Cinema Sisters International Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
June 10-13, 2021
Submissions accepted October 21, 2020 – January 31, 2021 (regular deadline), February 28, 2021 (late deadline)

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Summer 2021
Submissions TBA

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 10-14, 2021
Submissions accepted February 17-June 16, 2021 (regular deadline), July 13, 2021 (extended deadline)

 


Western NC Region

Foothills Film Festival
Shelby, NC
February 18-20, 2021
Submissions closed December 5, 2020

Dirty Dancing Festival
Lake Lure, NC
September 24-25, 2021 (2020 event cancelled due to COVID-19)

Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 22-26, 2021
Submissions accepted now-May 1, 2021 (regular deadline), June 1, 2021 (late submission deadline)

Tryon International Film Festival
Tryon, NC
October 8-10, 2021
Submissions accepted December 1, 2020-August 2, 2021 (regular deadline), August 22, 2021 (late deadline)

Cat Fly Film Festival
Asheville, NC
Spring/Summer 2021
Submissions opening TBA

Micropolitan Film Festival
Marion, NC
Summer 2021
Submissions TBA