Cat Fly is an Asheville-based film festival that serves up and coming indie film artists of the Southeast Region, cultivating community and the passion of homegrown filmmaking.

We are a mostly non-competitive film festival. We prefer to keep the focus on the art of filmmaking. An audience reaction award will be given to the film with the best crowd reaction.

Now Accepting submissions for the 2019 spring festival!

Submission Requirements:
-Independently produced
-Short films and features will be considered.
-All genres acceptable
-MUST be associated with the Southeast region of the United States in a significant way (i.e. film was shot in the Southeast; directors, producers, actors are from or based in the SE; the story is about Southern culture; etc.)
-Please include your FILM POSTER, LOGLINE, any BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS and HOW TO CREDIT YOUR FILM ON THE POSTER IF SELECTED with your submission. By submitting these materials with your film, the submitter and filmmaker(s) agree to grant Cat Fly Film Fest permission to share them for marketing and promotional purposes of the festival. If no film poster or BTS photos are provided at submission, Cat Fly will not be able to promote your film to our audience.

-We consider short films to be 1 minute - 30 minutes in length
-Longer independent shorts (30 minutes or more) will also be considered.
-1 feature length film will be accepted as our Spring Feature Film Spotlight.
-We consider feature films to be 60-120 minutes in length.
-Any genre will be considered including experimental films and music videos.
-No cutoff date for when the film was made
-Payments made to Cat Fly cannot be refunded
-Cat Fly believes in inclusivity of minorities, women and the queer community in film.

Overall Rating
  • Jeremy Thao

    Very fun and spooky Halloween film festival!

    October 2018
  • Great festival that is only getting better! The opening night party was over-the-top amazing, with red carpet photo ops, endless drinks included and amazing food in a beautiful venue. This is an awesome film festival with well curated films. I'm excited to see how it grows in the coming years.

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for the review, Katie! We loved having you at the 2nd Annual Cat Fly Film Fest and hope to see more of your work soon! :)

  • Evan Kidd

    This is a fantastically run & coordinated North Carolina film festival founded by great people. Coordination and social media game is strong too. Would recommend for sure!

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for a wonderful review, Evan. It was a pleasuring meeting and hosting you! Please keep in touch :)

  • Jennifer Trudrung

    This film festival is amazing! So much fun and super supportive of creative independent film. The communication is superb, the venues are exciting, and the films are thought-provoking and entertaining. Great job!!!

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words, Jennifer! We were very excited to host you for a second time and hope to see you back again in the future!

  • Kira Bursky

    An amazing film festival! Last year was fantastic. Every night was sold out. The venues were super cool. Really gives you a taste of Asheville. Can't wait to see what they have in store next! And the team behind the festival is wonderful. I adore Cat Fly.

    December 2017