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 a retro-hip Drive-In (made out of shipping containers!), plus we've got a more 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 2023: THE BFF KINGDOM RISES is coming (back) to Beaufort, North Carolina, next Fall.


The Beaufies! Only the Coolest Awards & Prizes in Town!

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
  • 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
  • Thank you for this great festival and for honoring Kaliderson.

    November 2022
  • Russell Emanuel

    Great film festival that treated us well! Thank you so much!

    November 2022
  • Evan Kidd

    A fantastic North Carolina film festival is born. Screened at the first year of the festival this past October with my narrative feature Panda Bear It. William and his team were warm, welcoming, and full of artistic joy for all in attendance. I can't wait to return to this festival in the future. Thanks for a great time Beaufort!

    November 2021