The Experimental Film Fest features Avant-Garde and Experimental films in any sub-genre. We want the unusual, the macabre, the offbeat, the beautiful, the ugly, and the truly experimental film. We want you to explore the medium in ways that are not only unconventional but entertaining.

New this year is the Best Student Film award. Student films are judged with all of the other films for awards but are also judged separately for Best Student Film. This award is meant to encourage young filmmakers to participate in film festivals and to bring new talent to the screen for audiences.

The Festival date: September 18, 2021 (Subject to change based on COVID-19)
Bank of the Arts 317 Middle St, New Bern, NC 28560

2021 Awards:

Festival Winner - Swimming Upstream - Caren Messing - United States

Critic's Choice - Meet Me at the Station - Roderick Coover - United States

Audience Favorite - Us Against Them - Ronnel Parham - United States

Five Finalists:

(crude) Oil - Lisa Danielle Buch - United States
Bass Rally - Barsik - Poland
Gas - Gilnaz Arzpeyma - Canada
Fleeting: Here & There - Bailey Maätita - United States
I Try to Dream - Braddon Mendelson - United States

Best Student Film: Candy - Xilin Hong - Qatar

Honorable Mention:

The Flight of a Bird Does Not Scar the Sky - Robin Starbuck - United States
The Colonel Cries for the Red-Haired Woman - Gergő V. Nagy - Hungary
Woken From A Dream - Taj Kokayi - United States
Nothing is Here - Kaiyun Yang - Taiwan
Us Against Them - Ronnel Ricardo Parham - United States

Film must be downloadable via FilmFreeway. If your film is password protected, please send the password to the festival director.

Selection for the festival does not guarantee screening during the festival. We may contact you for permission to include your film in special film event nights as festival selections.

This year there is a 15 minutes-ish time limit for films.

Overall Rating
  • DT Kofoed

    The double-whammy of pandemic & protests kept me from attending, but I applaud the festival for persevering. There are far too few with such curated taste, and the director's podcast invitation was a delightful bonus.

    September 2020
  • Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    Thanks for supporting experimental film! The podcasts are pretty awesome.

    June 2020
  • Christian Lauchenauer

    It was a great honor to me to be a part of the Experimental Film Fest! Also the Podcast with Ken was a great experience.
    Unfortunately I could not take part in Tulsa, but on the pictures it looks great I hope to be a part also next year.
    I love the attitude of the Festival and the way how the communicate to the participants.

    June 2020
  • Isaac Zambra

    It was a sensitive and very well organized experience.

    June 2020
  • martin del carpio

    A great festival to be a part of this year!

    June 2020