New. Southern. Film.

Carrboro has always been a little different. In Carrboro, Southern hospitality means everyone is welcome, and the folks here are curious about the world, engaged in their community, and lovers of the arts. That’s why our town is a great place for a film festival.

Now in its 15th year, Carrboro Film Fest has an established history as a dynamic event that brings filmmakers and audiences together for a heartfelt celebration of independent cinema.

Carrboro Film Fest is not just a film festival in the South — it is a Southern film festival through and through. Our mission is to showcase the year's best Southern independent films and provide a venue for both celebrating and interrogating Southern culture.

Due to the pandemic, the festival this year will feature virtual screenings, live-streamed filmmaker panels, and prize giveaways.

Join us November 20 – 29, 2020.

Carrboro Film Fest is a non-competitive festival. Our focus is on providing a dynamic experience in which filmmakers and audiences come together for a vibrant celebration of Southern film and exploration of Southern culture.

We’re looking for new films with Southern connections. If your film was shot in the South, set in the South, features characters from the South, or is in some other way connected to the South, we want to see it.

Preference will be given to films that premiered after October 31, 2019, and that have not yet screened in the Triangle area of North Carolina.

Overall Rating
  • James Babbin

    Such a nice, warm community. Very good communication and it's definitely going to grow and expand.

    February 2020
  • Many thanks to the Carrboro Film Festival! A hospitable and really thoughtful festival well worth submitting to and attending. Was honored to screen alongside some fantastic North Carolina filmmakers and eager to attend in the future. Will definitely submit again!

    November 2019
  • Andrea Millard

    I was very impressed with the level of care and accommodation this film festival provided for its filmmakers. The selections were as high quality as the filmmakers who made them. If you are a Southern filmmaker or your film has connections to the South, you should definitely submit!

    November 2019
  • Philip Scarborough

    I had a great time at this small, cozy, very friendly and accommodating festival! And Carrboro is a great, funky little town! Saw some great films too!

    November 2019
  • Kempson Bellington

    Very fun, some some interesting stuff. It's a LONG event, you have to pick what you're going to see, but I enjoyed it. Staff was helpful and nice.

    February 2019