The Eastern NC Film Festival is a filmmaker-friendly festival encouraging and promoting both amateur and professional filmmakers and actors both from the United States and from all over the world.

Located in beautiful Winterville, North Carolina , the Eastern NC Film Festival is different. Giving filmmakers, actors and screenwriters the opportunity to be noticed is our priority. That is why we have developed relationships with production and distribution companies.

The Eastern NC Film Festival was formed to discover ground-breaking cinema; providing development opportunities for filmmakers, actors and screenwriters through showcases, events, the annual ENCFF Film Festival and film production and distribution options.

Last time was great, but we raised the bar. With more films, more classes, more industry experts.... we are even going to have an Independent Film Industry Resource Center! Plus, several more surprises. Have fun while viewing some of the most amazing independent films! We welcome celebrity guests, film lovers, and local filmmakers alike with the best in dining, entertainment and spectacular settings.

Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Action / Adventure
Best Comedy
Best Documentary
Best Drama
Best Experimental
Best Horror / Thriller / Sci-Fi
Best Fiction
Best Animation
Best Green Film
Best In Show
Best Screenwriting

RULES & TERMS for film submission

In order to be eligible for submission:
• All submissions are received through FilmFreeway
• All films must have a maximum runtime of 40 minutes
• Provide access to a full screening of your film for judging (through
• You must provide a 3 sentence Tag Line that describes your film
• Provide the genre of your film (Documentary / Drama / Comedy / Action, etc...)
• You must include any necessary warnings of (Nudity / Violence / Language / Adult Situations)
• You must provide English subtitles if the language of the film is not in English
Should you become an "Official Selection" for the 2024 Eastern NC Film Festival you must provide an online private link for your film.
• Provide a JPEG of your Film cover
• Send a separate email that includes the above information to

By entering your film for consideration for the 2024 Eastern NC Film Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Additionally, you agree that your film does not violate any copyright laws. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2024 Eastern NC Film Festival.

Each entry understands that submitting a film does not ensure that the film will be chosen as an "Official Selection". Only "Official Selection" films will be screened by the selection committee.

Each "Official Selection" understands that the judges will vote their choice. All of the judges’ scores will be added together. The official selection with the highest combined score will win. Nominees for each award will be posted on the website and social media pages prior to the event on February 24, 2024.

Each entry is required to pay a submission fee

Entries understand and give permission to the Film Fest, Director, Kaleigh Group Entertainment, Indie Spotlight Network, and their subsidiaries to utilize the entry's film visuals on the Indie Spotlight Network and in the Kaleigh Group Entertainment for marketing purposes. All films submitted are eligible for review for distribution through Kaleigh Group Entertainment. If a film is selected for distribution, it will only be done AFTER the filmmaker signs the film distribution agreement. Kaleigh Group Entertainment will provide revenue-earning opportunities for the filmmaker at each screening of said film at events after the Eastern NC Film Festival has concluded for that year.

Overall Rating
  • Ken Hanenberg

    We had a great time at the ENCFF in Winterville, NC where we saw some amazing films and met some wonderful people. The director, Ron Cooper was open and warm. It's a new(ish) festival so there were some growing pains, but overall, it was a great time and we look forward to attending and (hopefully) submitting next year.

    May 2017
  • Pasha Gray

    I had a great time at this festival! The audience was engaged and the communication is great! Thank you for having me.

    May 2017
  • Congratulations on a wonderfully successful festival.

    May 2017
  • Having films entered in the first two years of the festival, I very much enjoyed it's energy and enthusiasm. Everyone was friendly, if a bit harried. It's a new festival, the organizer, Ron, is ALWAYS open to ideas for improvement and has implemented them each year. It keeps getting better and better. Great group of volunteers as well.

    Again, it is fairly new and yes, a bit grass-roots, but it keeps growing and getting stronger. Ron is constantly working to improve the experience for both filmmakers and filmgoers alike.

    February 2017
  • As a winner of another fest, was entered here. The organizer was rude and was poor at communicating. No laurels or anything.

    May 2016