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In addition to campus events, be sure to check out the vibrant film culture of the Triangle.

The Arts Center, Carboro

An ongoing film series, the Second Sunday Film Series at The ArtsCenter highlighs local narrative and experimental films.

Once a month the series shows a new line-up of locally made films followed by Q & A's with the film makers.

A/V Geeks
With more than 20,000 16mm educational and industrial films, local film geek and NCSU graduate Skip Elsheimer shares his funny and informative collection at various locations in Raleigh and throughout the Triangle.  He is also a co-founder of Home Movie Day Raleigh at NCSU.

Carolina Production Journal
Print journal with film news about NC and SC industry

Center for Documentary Studies
This interdisciplinary center, affiliated with Duke University, offers workshops, courses, and certificate programs as well as a wide range of events. On the third Wednesday of every month, the CDS and the Southern Documentary Fund invite documentary artists to share their work in progress with an enthusiastic and supportive audience

ChathamArts Sustainable Cinema Series screens
Sustainable Cinema is a film series featuring documentaries, narrative and independent films involving producers, directors, subjects and/or locations in North Carolina. Screenings take place Jan-June and Sept-Nov at the Fearrington Barn in Fearrington Village, Pittsboro. Admission at the door is $5 except for special events.

Cinema INC.
A venerable organization - $20 get you 12 classic films.

Cinema Overdrive
A monthly film series curated by local film collectors Matt Pennachi and Adam Hulin, Cinema Overdrive presents rare exploitation, horror and cult films and trailers on the big screen in their original 35mm format. Featuring some extremely rare titles, each screening take place on the second Wednesday of each month at the Colony Theater in Raleigh. Showtime is 8:00pm

Duke's Screen Society

Screen/Society provides a film and video exhibition program for the Triangle community, with an emphasis on screening challenging and thought-provoking work in its original format, whether 35mm, video, or 16mm.

North Carolina Film Office
Facilitates film production in the state.


North Carolina Latin American Film Festival

Founded in 1986, the North Carolina Latin American Film Festival celebrates the power and artistry of Latin America's film and audiovisual production.

NC Museum of Art
The museum offers a winter film series of cinema classics as well as a number of summer films screened outside.

Screen Arts (Chapel Hill)

Film programs from the Communication Studies program at UNC Chapel Hill.

Screen Line (Raleigh)
A local institution. For more than ten years, this screenwriters' group has met bi-weekly on the NCSU campus to discuss writing issues, to read each others' work, and to sponsor contests.

Tarheel Films
A North Carolina film production news and information portal


NC Film Festivals

Blue Sky Film Festival
Chapel Hill, NC
Link to Blue Sky Film Festival

BluMoon Independent Film Festival
Eastern NC.
Link to BluMoon

Lego Shorts Film Festival - Durham, NC
Link to BrickFlix

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Link to CFI

Carolina Film and Video Festival
Student run - UNC Greensboro
Link to Carolina Film and Video Festival

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
Link to CFF

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Link to Charlotte FF

Wilmington, NC
Link to Cucalorus

ECU Film Festival
ECU - Greenville, NC
Link to ECU

This local film society, which holds bi-monthly screenings, celebrated the art of short films that originated on Super 8 or 16mm format.
Link to Flicker

Full Frame Documentary Festival
Full Frame has become the premier documentary film festival in the United States. The festival welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to the historic Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning to midnight smorgasbord of films, panel discussions, seminars, Q&A sessions, and southern hospitality.  NCSU Film Studies has partnered with the festival and we select five Film Studies Majors and MA students each year as Full Frame Fellows, who attend special filmmaker panels and screenings in addition to the regular festival offerings.  Read comments from past NCSU student fellows here.
Link to Full Frame

IndieGrits Film Festival

The festival’s mission is to highlight the best and the most innovative of DIY and experimental filmmaking in the Southeast, US.

Link to IndieGrits


Modern Film Fest
Kannapolis, NC
Link to MFF

NC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Durham, NC
Link to NCGLFF

Nevermore Film Fest
Horror Film Festival, Durham, NC
Link to Nevermore

Pinwheel Film Festival
This festival, held annually on the NCSU campus, highlights local and independent short films, especially from student filmmakers. Link to Pinwheel.

Real to Reel
Kings Mountain, NC
Link to Real to Reel

Reynolds Film Festival
Wake Forest University - Winston Salem, NC
Link to Reynolda

Riverrun International Film Festival
Winston Salem, NC
Link to Riverrun

Strange Beauty Film Festival
Films that walk the line between terrifying normality and sublime fever dream.  Durham, NC
Link to Strange Beauty

Visions Film Festival

Visions is an event that aims to showcase the superlative efforts of national and international undergraduate filmmakers and scholars at UNC Wilmington.

Link to Visions

Independent Theaters

Rialto Theatre
1620 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27608
(919) 856-0111

Colony Theatres
Colony Shopping Center,
Six Forks Road at Millbrook
Raleigh, NC 27608
(919) 856-0111

Mission Valley Theaters
2109-124 Avent Ferry Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 834-8520

Carolina Theater
309 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC 27701
box office: 919.560.303

Chapel Hill:
Carolina Theatre
108 E. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (919) 933-8464

Varsity Theatre
123 E. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (919) 967-8665

620 Market Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 932-9000

Chelsea Theater
Timberlyne Shopping Center
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 968-3005

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