A free-to-attend film festival that highlights the best short- and feature-length documentary and narrative films in a place that recognizes that filmmakers and film fans DO make history—this is Longleaf. This weekend festival screens films that demonstrate a Tar Heel State connection, through the people involved in making them or through their subject. Filmmakers with the designated North Carolina connections and all former Official Selection filmmakers are eligible to enter Longleaf.

The North Carolina Museum of History serves as home base for Longleaf Film Festival, which celebrates the vibrant community of independent film in our state and beyond. We invite you to be part of Longleaf and help us share films in a place that tells the stories that connect us all.

For 2020, we are excited to welcome as our presenting sponsor, @ComeHearNC, a yearlong initiative from North Carolina’s Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Arts Council. @ComeHearNC celebrates the rich legacy of North Carolinians’ groundbreaking contributions to American music while recognizing the many contemporary artists who continue this tradition of making innovative music.

All narrative festival submissions are eligible for a $500 Judges’ Choice/Narrative Film award; All documentary festival submissions are eligible for a $500 Judges’ Choice/Documentary Film award. All films entered in the Middle and High School Student Film category are eligible for a $250 Best Student Film award. Additionally, all original posters submitted with film entries will be considered for a $250 Best Film Poster prize (filmmakers may opt out of consideration for this prize). For 2020, we are pleased to announce a special $500 @ComeHearNC prize, awarded to the film that best depicts a North Carolina story about the state’s heritage and ongoing contributions to the art, craft, and business of music. Other prizes may be awarded in the categories listed below.

Animated Film
One prize may be awarded for each of the following subcategories:
• Best Overall

Documentary Feature
One prize may be awarded for each of the following subcategories:
• Best Overall

Documentary Short
One prize may be awarded for each of the following subcategories:
• Best Overall

History+
Entries must reflect or depict a topic in history from a unique perspective of insight and accuracy. One prize may be awarded for each of the following subcategories:
• Best Narrative
• Best Documentary

Middle and High School Student Film
One prize may be awarded for each of the following subcategories:
• Best Narrative
• Best Documentary

Music Videos
One prize may be awarded for each of the following subcategories:
• Best Overall

Narrative Feature
One prize may be awarded for each of the following subcategories:
• Best Horror–Sci-Fi
• Best Comedy
• Best Drama

Narrative Short
One prize may be awarded for each of the following subcategories:
• Best Horror–Sci-Fi
• Best Comedy
• Best Drama

Original Film Poster
One prize may be awarded for the following subcategory
• Best Overall

Eligibility to enter Longleaf!
To be eligible for selection and awards for Longleaf 2020, filmmakers and/or films must have a North Carolina connection and/or be a former Official Selection filmmaker. Connections include:
--film was made in North Carolina and/or;
--filmmaker or key production member (screenwriter, cinematographer, producer, documentary subject or lead actor) lives here now and/or grew up in the state and/or attended college or university here and/or;
--the submitting filmmaker is a former Longleaf Official Selection filmmaker and/or;
--the story or topic is a North Carolina subject.

Visiting friends and family or regularly vacationing in North Carolina is NOT sufficient for entry. We do encourage entries from out of state and around the world, if they demonstrate that Tar Heel Tie-In.

Other rules and requests
--Longleaf Film Festival reserves the right to refuse films depicting excessive nudity and/or gore.
--Longleaf Film Festival holds no responsibility for lost films.
--Longleaf Film Festival does not pay screening fees.
--We accept films that have screened at other festivals and venues, however we encourage premieres! Please, let us know if your film will be a premier (including a North Carolina premier) screening if accepted.
--Because we want to promote your film as part of Longleaf and we expect Official Selections to NOT screen in the month prior to the festival, within 60 miles of Raleigh.
--And, of course, we expect your film to be available for screening during the festival.
--You must include your snail mail address on your FilmFreeway entry.
--Except for middle and high school student films (see that category), films submitted for Longleaf 2020 must have been made between January 1, 2018, and March 1, 2020.
--Longleaf Film Festival reserves the right to not award a prize in any category.
--Longleaf Film Festival reserves the right to award prizes outside of the category of entry.
--All submissions to Longleaf 2020 will be handled through FilmFreeway. No manual submissions will be processed.
--Once a submission is accepted to the festival, a digital screening version of the film must be provided to the Longleaf Film Festival.

GENERAL TERMS and CONDITIONS
I (the entrant) have read and agree to all Longleaf Film Festival rules and procedures. Further, I warrant that I am the owner of the submission; I have not infringed upon or violated any copyright, privacy rights, or publicity or similar rights; I have obtained all rights, licenses, or necessary permissions thereto; I will indemnify the Longleaf Film Festival against any claims related to this submission; I will hold the Longleaf Film Festival harmless for any damages, costs, liabilities, and expenses related to the submission, screening, and use of this entry; I limit and liquidate all claims to no more than the cost of the entry fee; and I expressly grant the Longleaf Film Festival permission to use, broadcast, or publicly display clips of the submission (or its film or sound components) for publicity, teaching, and other related purposes.

Signature of Acknowledgment: ___________________________________________________________
Date of Acknowledgment: ________________________________________________________________

Overall Rating
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  • It was a great experience. Everyone and everything was very professional. Our film got a lot of exposure and an award. What more do you want? Thank you so much.

    July 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Wow, thanks for your kind words, Johnnie!

  • Marilyn Gordon

    what an incredible group of people, location and selection of films and filmmakers. Thank you so much from the When All That's Left is Love Documentary team.
    The tile is gorgeous btw...

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Marilyn!

  • Joanne Hock

    Thank you for including us in your festival. The communication between filmmakers was top notch and we appreciate you hosting this wonderful event.

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Joanne! We appreciate your kind words--

  • Larry Evans

    Great festival. Hats off to Sally Bloom and her crew.

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for this!

  • Meredith Snow

    This is a great NC Film Festival. I particularly enjoyed the Movies-n-Moonlight block where films were screened on a gigantic inflatable screen on a beautiful night in the plaza in front of the museum. Additionally, Sally Bloom is a marvelous communicator and such a kind and gracious hostess. Nothing but good here.

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Meredith--much appreciated!