The CineOdyssey Film Festival showcases diverse, contemporary films from around the world, featuring cutting edge works by filmmakers of color from the African, Caribbean, Latino, Asian, and Native American diasporas, as well as the U.S.

It serves to bring together diverse audiences, bridge cultural understanding, and encourage the artistic development of aspiring filmmakers. Through workshops, panel discussions, celebrated guest speakers, and educational programming throughout the year, the festival's intent is to entertain, enlighten, empower, and engage. The impressive lineup of films boldly address the multicultural issues of today, which meet at the intersection of race, class, and gender, as well as celebrating the creative craft of the art form.

"Best Of Fest" Film (Feature or Documentary)
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Regional Film (North Carolina or South Carolina, short or feature)
Best Smartphone Film


• Films produced, directed, and starring a person who is of African, Caribbean, Latino, Asian, Native American, or African American descent. If producer or director is not a person of color, the film must at least star or prominently feature an actor/actress of the above ethnicities.

Preference will be given to films that have a "Charlotte Premier" status with the CineOdyssey Film Festival

• Films will NOT be accepted if...
- produced prior to June 1, 2019.
- screening on any digital platform (i.e., Vimeo, YouTube, websites, etc.) before submission or acceptance in the 2021 CineOdyssey Film Festival.

• Digital File or DVD/BluRay.

• Total running time for short films must not exceed 30 minutes, features, 120 minutes.

• English subtitles must be included in foreign language films.

• Students must be at least a high school senior. Proof of enrollment with either a school photo I.D. or a letter from a school official at an accredited high school or college is required.

• Entry fees must be paid in USD and are nonrefundable.
- Nonstudent Films: $20.21 by March 31, 2021 (early deadline)
- Student Films: $15.00 through all deadlines
- Submission fees will increase from April 1, 2021 to May 17, 2021 (regular deadline), May 18, 2021 to July 2, 2021 (late deadline), and July 3, 2021 to August 17, 2021 (extended late deadline)

• All submissions must include a trailer and promotional materials (i.e., photo stills, poster, one-sheets), authorized for CineOdyssey Film Festival to use for publicity purposes.

• Films must be submitted either electronically through Vimeo (with link and password) or as a DVD/Blue Ray mailed to the following address:
CineOdyssey Film Festival
4022 Canterbrook Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28269

• All films submitted and accepted will NOT be returned unless filmmakers provide prepaid packaging. CineOdyssey Film Festival will not pay for return shipping nor be responsible for lost, misdirected, or damaged submissions.

• If film is officially selected, filmmakers must provide two preview copies and have festival acceptance/release paperwork, electronic press kit materials, and checklist completed and submitted NO LATER THAN August 23, 2021. We DO NOT provide screening fees.

Any additional queries should be sent to

Overall Rating
  • Janet Marrett

    An excellent festival that took place at several prominent venues in Charlotte NC. Great coordination! We were delighted to have our short film ASUNDER screened as part of CineOdyssey Film Festival 2021 and further thrilled that it was streamed on @kweliTV.

    January 2022
  • Michael Kehoe

    The quality of films and the support of filmmakers and cinema is what drew me to this festival.

    November 2021
  • An honor, a thrill, and a blast to have my film “grist” screen as the #openingnightshort prior to beautiful #openingnightfeature “Queen of Glory” at this year’s festival! Tremendous thanks in general to Tre' and his team for a warm, supportive, edifying, and fun festival experience.

    November 2021
  • Despite the pandemic, CineOdyssey organized an amazing hybrid festival featuring incredible films from around the world — we were honored to be a part of it!

    November 2020
  • Luchina Fisher

    Tre' always comes through with his festival, even during a pandemic. He has so much good will among donors, volunteers, media, the community and filmmakers because he truly loves film and is driven by the mission of bringing diverse voices to audiences.

    November 2020