Everyone knows that Beaufort, North Carolina is the "Coolest Small Town in America," right? Well, did you know that the Beaufort Film Festival is the Coolest Film Festival in America?

We're again looking to treat and inspire an otherwise under-served (festival-wise) and appreciative audience of movie-lovers all along the so-called Crystal Coast -- it's beautiful here at the beach, and we've got our boats and our books and our beers all lined up, but what we're looking for now is <wait for it> "boffo box-office, bay-bee."

We seek submissions of all stripes: student film, experimental, short, feature-length, you name it. And then we'll select the "coolest" flicks to screen at one of our (honestly) cool movie venues -- we've got an intimate indoor venue (right next door to a micro-brewery), where we can celebrate both the art of film and the practice of popcorn.

Either way, the BEAUFORT FILM FESTIVAL 2024: THE BFF KINGDOM RISES is coming (back) to Beaufort, North Carolina, next Fall.


The BeauShow Cup! Like the Stanley Cup, only *better*.

The following rules govern all film submissions to the Beaufort Film Festival (“BFF” or the “Festival”)

Submissions must be accompanied by the applicable submission fee PER ENTRY and a completed online entry form. All films must be in English or have English subtitles at the time submitted.

Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform, an MP4 file, a password-protected streaming URL, or on Blu-ray or DVD with NTSC or PAL formatting (please test before sending).

Films that are selected to screen at the Festival may not necessarily be selected to be “in competition” for awards purposes. Notifications regarding potential selection for competition status possibly may occur subsequent to notifications of acceptance for exhibition.

Films must be the original work of the applicants. If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to the Festival. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you represent that you have secured all necessary rights.

Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. BFF expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.


Overall Rating
  • I'm very proud that my short film LATE SLEEPER was chosen to be shown at this festival! Wish I had planned out my November better so I could have arranged to attend!

    November 2023
  • Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the Beaufort Film Festival this year. I would've loved to have had the opportunity to visit the NC coast in November, but maybe next year. The communication was excellent, and I know fellow NC filmmakers who have won awards there in the past, so it's a great festival for local filmmakers.

    November 2023
  • Ned Daly

    Very sorry I could not attend. Thrilled that WET was the opening film on the second Saturday. Great comunication from what sounds like a fun bunch of people.

    November 2023
  • Holger Borggrefe

    Thank you for being part of your festival. It was a pleasure. Hope to meet you in Beaufort in the future!

    January 2023
  • Great fest. Hope to attend next year!

    November 2022