Since 2015, the Full Bloom Film Festival has showcased nearly 500 carefully curated films from 34 different countries. Now entering its 7th year, FBFF continues to shed light on global and local communities alike, offering a level of hospitality where each filmmaker feels truly appreciated. Over the course of the three-day festival, filmmakers and festival goers will have a chance to experience a variety of international short and feature-length films, partake in panel events and a filmmaker roundtable, and, of course, enjoy unforgettable parties each night. Each of the festival’s screening venues is custom upfitted in a historic building located in the heart of downtown Statesville (including the town’s “Old Jail”).

The Full Bloom Film Festival is currently accepting films submissions in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Short Narrative, Short Documentary, and Animation. Filmmakers of officially selected films will be given the option of complimentary hotel accommodations (TBA upon selection), as well as assistance getting from and to the Charlotte airport. At the close of the festival, cash prizes will be awarded to winning films in each category, as well as an award for “Best of Fest.”

FBFF 2022 will take place September 8th through September 10th in and around Historic Downtown Statesville. This nonprofit festival is organized by a committed group of area business leaders, film enthusiasts and volunteers. The festival is a collaborative effort supported by:
-Iredell County Arts Council
-City of Statesville
-Iredell-Statesville Schools
-Mitchell Community College
-Statesville Chamber of Commerce
-Statesville Recreation and Parks Department
-Downtown Statesville Development Corp.

Officially selected films will be eligible to receive awards by category, as well as the ranking award for Best of Fest. Prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges based on the film’s overall artistic, narrative, and technical quality.

Winning films in each category will be awarded $250 (Visa gift card or via PayPal).
The winning film for "Best of Fest" will receive $500 (Visa gift card or via PayPal).

Narrative Feature
Documentary Feature
Short Narrative
Short Documentary
Animation (any length)
Music Video

Each official selection will be given two (2) VIP Passes to attend Full Bloom Film Festival screenings and events. FBFF plans to offer networking opportunities and panel discussions for film industry professionals and fellow supporters of the arts community. Attendees representing officially selected films may also be asked to participate in panels and moderated Q&A sessions with the audience immediately following their film’s screening.

In addition, if your feature film has World or Domestic Premiere status, it is eligible for a red carpet premiere. The red carpet premiere will include four (4) VIP Passes, hotel accommodations, and a red carpet entrance with coverage from local and regional news outlets. A red carpet premiere may be granted to up to two (2) feature film selections. Let us know upon submission if you wish to be considered as a premiere film.

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1. The Full Bloom Film Festival is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen items, including films in any medium, while en-route or in our possession, on or off of festival grounds.

2. All fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.

3. The Full Bloom Film Festival retains the right to accept or decline any film, for whatever reason, without notice or explanation.

4. Cash prizes and categories listed online are not set on exact figures and may vary. Contact the Full Bloom Film Festival for current prize and category listings.

5. Filmmaker is responsible for clearing all rights to the content of the film.

6. Filmmaker grants the Full Bloom Film Festival the right to use excerpts from the film including audio, video, names and images to promote the festival. Filmmaker also grants the Full Bloom Film Festival the right to screen any selected film for a period of one (1) year to promote the festival, without any compensation to the filmmaker.

7. Applicant admits that he/she is authorized to submit the film, being the sole rights-holder or authorized representative thereof.

8. Applicant agrees to provide a film representative's Name, Full Address, Phone and all other contact information at the time of submission.

9. Upon acceptance, filmmakers (or primary film contact) will provide an exhibition copy* in one of the following formats:
i. DVD
ii. BluRay
iii. HDCam
iv. QuickTime 1080p HD 8 bit uncompressed or Apple ProRes file or equivalent
(*Format subject to change. Should any issues arise regarding the availability of the intended exhibition copy, films will be screened as scheduled from a format left to the discretion of festival organizers.)

10. Filmmakers are responsible for shipping costs associated with delivering all materials to the Full Bloom Film Festival.

11. All non-English speaking films must have adequate English subtitles.

12. Screening fees must be declared prior to or upon submission. If a screening fee is only indicated after the official selection has been announced, the Festival retains the right to revoke this film's acceptance.

Overall Rating
  • Gordon LePage

    A truly genuine film festival--direct, unpretentious, and accommodating, Communication was first rate. Although not able to attend in person, I was thrilled to have my animated short screened and will submit again.

    September 2021
  • Darren Hunt

    Honored to have had The Paper Angel selected into this wonderful festival. Was unable to attend sadly. But Brandon was very encouraging in his communication with me and was glad to hear film was well received. Motivated to get my next project done and hope to attend some day.

    September 2021
  • This was my first festival, and the premiere of my film, and I honestly could not have had a better time if I had TRIED! This was genuinely one of the most magical experiences I have ever had, the people were so accommodating, warm, and friendly. We watched amazing films and got to talk to so many amazing people. I will 100% submit here again!!

    September 2021
  • Pierre GAFFIÉ

    The "Full bloom" festival was a delight from start to finish. Very good communication, feedbacks, and artistic ambition. Pierre Gaffié ("Apocalypse notes, music is in danger")

    September 2021
  • Evey Wilson Wetherbee

    What a lovely festival! We stayed at a wonderful BnB in Statesville where filmmakers bonded over breakfast! The town was delightful and it could not have been a better experience. Thank you for the hospitality!

    September 2021