Now celebrating its twelfth year, The Carrboro Film Festival has grown to become the premiere festival in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Featuring world class films of every length and genre, CFF is known for packed houses and standing ovations.

This two day celebration of Film ART, NOT Film Business, is recognized by filmmakers the world over as a place to immerse themselves with like minded Film creators, creators of art in cinema. Audiences respond positively to the short films, feature films, narratives documentaries, the experimental and every film genre in between. The Carrboro Film Festival is eclectic and powerful, humorous, and moving.

The Festival organizers take great pains to present the films in the best way possible, huge screens and state of the art sound systems. Presentation is paramount for us.

In addition to two days of wonderful films, we have parties, workshops and networking opportunities throughout the fest weekend.

Beginning in 2006, and now in it’s 12th year, The Carrboro Film Festival is honored to screen films from around the region and around the world.

Awards & Prizes

We present a variety of awards such as Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary. We pride ourselves in being a creative town and have original trophies made by Mike Roig, renown Carrboro sculptor.

Rules & Terms

Films can be narrative, documentary, experimental or music video. ANY genre is considered.

- Films must be submitted exclusively through FilmFreeway with an online screener. Please note: we only screen films in the h.264, mp4, 720p. If your film is selected for inclusion into the film festival, we will provide you with more information about screening format if your film is selected.

- Films must have been completed after January 1st, 2016. Films must be available for screening during the Carrboro Film Festival, November 18-19, 2017

- We accept films that have screened at other festivals and venues. In addition, The Carrboro Film Festival is looking for Piedmont and triangle premier's.

- Please let us know if your film will be a premier screening if accepted.

- If your film is accepted, we look forward to promoting your film within the festival marketing, and expect you to not screen your accepted film in the five weeks prior to our festival within 65 miles of Carrboro, NC.

- Carrboro Film Festival reserves the right to change submission categories at their discretion.

- Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees

- You MUST include your physical address in your FilmFreeway entry. Please do not submit a film without giving us your mailing address, phone number and email address, which we need for our records.

- Please include in your submission if your film was SHOT IN North Carolina (include locations) or made by North Carolina FILMMAKERS.

5 Reviews

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    Bradley Bethel

    The Carrboro Film Festival always has engaged audiences, and the folks running the festival are great people.

    November 2016
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    Monique Velasquez

    Carrboro has a good audience. It is a good for NC films and has quality story telling as well as the usual cinema. It is was a pleasure to meet the filmmakers willing to come to NC for the screenings.

    November 2016
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    Kyle Klubal

    Fantastic festival, great communication, I had a wonderful time.

    November 2016
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    Michael & Cindy Salerno

    The 11th annual Carrboro Film Festival was the first film fest our movie has been accepted into and it was a terrific experience! It’s a great place for filmmakers and film lovers to gather and we had a blast. We were so well received by the festival staff, the audience and the community. It was a great weekend enjoying a wide variety of films and voices from all over the world. There were so many interesting films and we enjoyed talking with everyone. Whether you’ve been to lots of fests or are new to them, The Carrboro Film Festival is “must-do” destination. Our thanks to Nic Beery and everyone on the staff for organizing and putting on such a great event!

    All our best,
    Cindy & Michael Salerno
    Vinyl Dinosaurs

    November 2016
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    Greg Dorchak

    This is a great little festival for real film lovers! The town of Carrboro is super friendly and interesting, and the food in the area is fantastic. Everyone we met was fun to talk too, and the other filmmakers really enjoyed talking shop... or about almost anything. The films themselves were quite different from what you expect from a smaller festival, wide range of genre and subject matter, a lot of shorts, a few docs, a few features - all of them interesting.
    If you have done all the big festivals, I highly recommend the Carrboro Film Festival, it'll recharge your batteries.

    November 2016