The 5th Annual Film Festival for Down East Flick Fest (DEFF) will be a celebration of all the collaborative arts that make filmmaking possible. We have established valuable partnerships that will provide our filmmakers with opportunities that are above and beyond the event itself. Set in an area rich in stories and the artists who tell them, DEFF is a platform for independent voices and new stories within and beyond our geographic community as we advance the growth of the independent film community and foster creative collaboration. There will be opportunities to promote your craft, network with working filmmakers, and talk with industry professionals who will attend be attending the festival events held in Greenville, NC, a thriving art community, which is the home of East Carolina University.

While the COVID-19 pandemic led us to pause to reflect on the best way to move forward with this year’s film festival. We will offer live streaming option for select filmmakers. Seated screening events that surpass the current guidelines and best practices for the safety of all viewers are also part of our plan. We will announce the details concerning live streaming and seated events closer to the festival dates to ensure their viability.

Filmmakers who identify themselves as High School Students and request a unique code will be judged separately from the regular entries. Fees will be waived for High School filmmakers from North Carolina schools and reduced by one/half for all other High School filmmakers. See Rules and Terms for specific details on how they should be submitted.

The festival will be a juried event that is open for both emerging and experienced filmmakers. We are establishing partnership opportunities above and beyond the event itself.

Note: We added "Kid-Friendly" as a new category last year. Be sure to read the description and requirements under the category "Kid-Friendly" before submitting it.

This year we have added a timely but temporary category, COVID-19 Pandemic Reflections. Entries must relate to the current pandemic. We are living in an unprecedented time in which none of us have experienced the specific details of the challenges before us. This category is for reflective works that share knowledge, wisdom, and viewpoints to inform and inspire. For this category, we welcome all styles, including hybrid film projects of 2 or more genres.

This year the overall winner will win a total of $500 in cash and prizes. All the filmmakers will be awarded and highlighted for their outstanding entries, but there will be no losers. There will be special VIP offerings for the winning filmmakers. All filmmakers will receive notification of the status of their films. In the coming weeks and months, visit our website for more details at

By submitting an entry, each entrant warrants and represents that the Entrant owns all rights to the entry he/she is entering into the Down East Flick Fest (DEFF) without limitation including the video or digital recording and the performance contained in each entry. Each entrant further warrants and represents that the entrant has obtained permission from each person who appears in the entry, give the promotional rights to the Project Parties (DEFF) as described in these Official Rules on the website at (, and will submit copies of permissions to the DEFF Parties upon request. By submitting an entry, the entrant agrees to the Official Rules, and further agrees to indemnify and hold the Down East Flick Fest, it’s organizers, their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any independent contractors engaged (collectively, the “DEFF Indemnitees”), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the DEFF Indemnitees due to or arising out of the entrant’s entry materials in Down East Flick Fest including but not limited to Official Screenings, Websites, or any Promotional Materials/Activities or the Entrant’s conduct during and in connection with the festival, including but not limited to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation. Entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless DEFF and the DEFF Parties from any and all claims that any advertising, presentation, web content or any other material subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of DEFF or the DEFF Parties of any infringement on the rights of Entrant's work as contained in any entry.

Selected filmmakers may expect the following:

1. Filmmakers whose films are accepted for the competition will be notified initially by email via FilmFreeway platform. All the privileges due to filmmakers will be specified in this correspondence.

2. All filmmakers with a film in competition will receive a pass giving free access to certain events and all screenings subject to availability. Passes will not be sent by mail but emailed to the addresses provided with their entries.

3. DEFF will promote the schedule of screenings via media including newspapers, emails, the web, and other media outlets.

DEFF encourages filmmakers to help promote their films by promoting their screening(s) to industry professionals, distributors, the press and the general public. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit links to their own sites that promote their films to DEFF. The inclusion of such links on the DEFF website will be at the discretion of the DEFF organizers.

All entries to the 2019 festival should be submitted with a downloadable link via FilmFreeway at the time of entry. For certain situations a hard copy may be requested no later than 14 days before the start of the festival in order to be screened.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The individual or corporation submitting this film additionally grants the Down East Flick Fest the right to one or more public screenings of the entry during the dates of September 24, 2020, through August 30, 2021. Filmmakers will be notified of all screenings of their film via the email provided with their submission. Entries that are not completed or available for screening must pull their entry prior to June 1, 2020, or the film will be screened as entered.

The organizers of the Down East Flick Fest Festival reserve the right to decide all questions regarding rules and regulations. Submission of a film constitutes that the filmmaker accepts the rules and regulations set forth herein.

Entries from High School Students will be judged separately from the regular entries if they self identify themselves. Otherwise, they will be judged with the regular entries.
Fees can be waived for High School filmmakers from North Carolina schools and reduced by one/half for all other High School filmmakers. A teacher, school administrator, or parent must submit the film for all students under 18. A pass-code will be sent out for this purpose upon their request. Each student's eligibility must be verified by DEFF representatives.

If you have any questions about rules, terms, or other issues you may email us at Leave your number if you want us to call instead of responding by email.

Overall Rating
  • Thanks for selecting us. Awesome to be apart of this festival

    March 2021
  • Victor Jones

    Thank you for accepting my film "Free Weekend". Winning Best Comedy as well as Best of the Fest Awards was an awesome surprise. Congratulations to all of the filmmakers. Special thanks to the organizers.

    October 2020
  • Livia Sampaio

    We are very grateful for the nomination of our film Plaits at this festival. It is an big honor !!

    October 2020
  • Thanks for all, good festival

    October 2020
  • hi dear festival thank you i hope to see u again best regards

    October 2020