Submissions are open for the fifth annual Full Bloom Film Festival!

The Full Bloom Film Festival is dedicated to bringing quality, diverse cinema to Statesville, a multifaceted art-conscious city in North Carolina, just north of Charlotte. FBFF aims to shed light on our local and global communities, whether a film examines the emotions of a seemingly mundane interaction, points to environmental injustice, or recalls a momentous event in history.

FBFF 2019 will take place this year from September 19th through September 22nd in and around Historic Downtown Statesville.

The 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

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)

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 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.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

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.

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.

Overall Rating
  • Matthew Stacey

    The warmth and hospitality of Full Bloom is absolutely astounding and second to none. You're treated like an old friend and feel like a member of the family by the time you leave.

    Caity Gordon and her team are so genuinely passonate about the festival, the films and everyones experience that it comes through in each event. The program was bold, brave and inspiring, with a fantastic mix of films from around the globe and you can feel how much care has gone into each selection, with every category well thought out.

    Considering there was a hurricaine on the festivals doorstep this year, the screenings were very well attended and extremely well organised. I also want to say how fantastic the festival was at making sure all filmmakers would be taken care off should their flights be cancelled because of the weather.

    Full Bloom is one of those gems of the festival circuit that I cannot recommend highly enough!

    September 2018
  • A great festival that, excuse the pun, is blooming into something homegrown, nurtured, and plentiful. With a programme that both entertains and is varied it's always a joy when we have a client screen here. This festival may be small now, but it's only going to grow!

    September 2018
  • Joseph Day

    As far as I'm concerned, this festival is unparalleled in hospitality compared to other festivals I have attended. Not only did they pick me up from the Charlotte airport, drive me an hour up to the festival, house me, feed me, and provide an open bar at nightly after parties, but after Hurricane Florence swept through my hometown of Wilmington (an event that happened during the festival), they assisted me by providing a free place to stay for an additional 5 days while I waited for flood waters to clear from the roads leading back home.

    Beyond that, the quality of selected films was impressive and the after parties were a blast. Their attention to detail was meticulous and though they were only in their fourth year, it seemed as if they'd been around for ten. I can't recommend this festival enough.

    September 2018
  • Joshua Overbay

    Honestly, this was the best festival experience I've ever had. The hospitality was jaw-dropping. The energy of the staff was warm and inviting. And the screening venues were really fascinating/lively. As soon as we arrived, we were met by hugs, smiles, and affirming comments about our film. Not only had they seen it, they were articulate about why they loved it. This type of energy and attentiveness is a filmmaker's dream. I've never felt so appreciated and cared for. A week has past since the festival, and I remain incredibly grateful for the gift of this festival. Thank you Full Bloom! Side note: their programming was also top-notch and very internationally-minded.

    September 2018
  • Amy Claire Nelson

    Great communication and so well-organized. Festival Director Cait Gordon was kind, welcoming and asked great questions during the Q&A. A charming experience all around!

    September 2018