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 16th 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.

Join us November 19 – 21, 2021.

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.

Overall Rating
  • Evan Kidd

    Fantastic festival celebrating local North Carolina film and beyond! Look forward to it every year. Thank you for playing my most recent feature film Panda Bear It at the 2020 festival!

    December 2020
  • Great festival focusing on the Southeastern US. This year's challenges were met head-on, and the festival staff were communicative and definitely promoted the content showcased. I hope next year to be there in person!

    December 2020
  • Eryk Pruitt

    It's not easy to put on a film festival in the middle of a global pandemic, but don't tell that to Carrboro Film Festival. Life gave them lemons and they made margaritas. This innovative, outside-the-box approach to a catastrophe provided me, and many others, an opportunity to see light in the cracks of the tunnel. While CFF2020 wasn't the festival experience we hoped for, it offered a glimpse at what this highly creative team might have in store for when we finally get together in person again. Def in my top five experiences of 2020

    December 2020
  • Brook North

    Love this festival focusing on Southern Film. Lots of great people involved who love film. It’s non-competitive, so if awards are your thing be aware. There won’t be any major stars or Hollywood producers, just great artists and audiences that are interested in new work.

    December 2020
  • James Babbin

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

    February 2020