A free-to-attend festival that highlights the best of independent film in a place that strives to tell the stories that connect us all—this is Longleaf. Our weekend festival screens films that demonstrate a Tar Heel State connection, through the people involved in making them or through their subject.

The North Carolina Museum of History serves as home base for Longleaf Film Festival. As we enter year eight in 2022, Longleaf continues to grow, even though, due to COVID-19, Longleaf 2020 and Longleaf 2021 became a series of online and live-streamed events. Still, through our community of filmmakers and film fans, we were able to promote the art and craft of filmmaking and the passion of film to viewers in Raleigh, the Triangle, and beyond.

Looking Forward, Again
Longleaf Film Festival seeks to reflect the diversity of talent and imagination that exists throughout the filmmaking world and—as a place that helps tell the stories that connect us all—we believe that the North Carolina Museum of History, our host, is in a unique position for showcasing those films. Throughout our short history, we have been grateful for the impactful stories regarding race and community that have been told in past festivals. We strongly believe that the art and craft of filmmaking help connect us and offer avenues for insight, as well as entertainment. We want to share your stories—all of your stories: animated, documentary, and narrative films, music videos, spoken word productions, and web series.

To help in our small way, we want to provide easier access to Longleaf for everyone; so, as in 2021, we are again waiving fees for directors who identify as Black, Latinx, or Indigenous—we can do so with help from many caring folks. Their support also means that, for 2022, Longleaf will be able to offer recognition to the best films made by historically underrepresented filmmakers (see the prize list, below, for details). Contact co-director Sally Bloom, sally.bloom@ncdcr.gov for a waiver. Waivers MUST be requested before submission and all other submission requirements apply.

It is our intent and dearest hope that we can have an in-person festival on May 13 and 14, 2022, at our home base, the North Carolina Museum of History—following all guidelines from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services regarding COVID-19. If an in-person event is still not feasible, we will pivot to a virtual program as necessary.

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.

For 2022, we are also excited to announce three new awards that support the creative works of filmmakers from historically underrepresented communities: a $250 American Indian Heritage Celebration Prize for the best film by an Indigenous filmmaker, a $250 African American Cultural Celebration Prize for the best film by a Black filmmaker, and a Celebrating Latin American Communities Prize for the best film by a Latinx filmmaker.

Other prizes may be awarded in the categories listed below. All winners receive a unique, hand-crafted (in North Carolina, no less, to celebrate the state’s heritage of pottery making) tile. Tiles are accompanied with plaques that denote the film’s title and winning category. Only enough Award Tiles are crafted for each winner to take one home!

Animated Film
One prize may be awarded in the following subcategory: Best Overall

Documentary Feature
One prize may be awarded in the following subcategory: Best Overall

Documentary Short
One prize may be awarded in the following subcategory: Best Overall

History+ Film
One prize may be awarded for each of the following subcategories: Best Narrative and
Best Documentary

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

Music Video
One prize may be awarded in the following subcategory: Best Overall

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

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

Spoken Word Production
One prize may be awarded for each of the following subcategories: Best Overall

Web Series
One prize may be awarded for each of the following subcategories:
Best Web Series
Best Web Pilot

Eligibility to enter Longleaf!
To be eligible for selection and awards for Longleaf 2022, 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.

• 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, if accepted, let us know if your film will be a premiere (especially a North Carolina premiere) screening.
• Because we want to promote your film as a part of Longleaf Film Festival, we ask that Official Selections NOT be screened within 60 miles of Raleigh during the month between notification that you are an Official Selection and the weekend of Longleaf Film Festival.
• And, of course, we expect your film to be available for screening during the festival dates of May 13 and 14, 2022.
• Longleaf Film Festival and its jurists do not research authenticity of submissions which must be original works of the applicant.
• You must include a valid surface-mail address on your FilmFreeway entry.
• Except for middle and high school student films (see that category), films submitted for Longleaf 2022 must have been made between January 1, 2019, and March 1, 2022.
• 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 2022 will be handled through FilmFreeway. No manual submissions will be processed.
• Once a submission is accepted as an Official Selection, a digital screening version of the film must be provided to 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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  • Thanks for showing my film. And thanks for patiently answering my many questions. The virtual event was well-organized. Hopefully we can meet in-person for 2022!

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for your kind words! We are hoping for in-person for 2022.

  • A great and fun festival organized by folks who love and appreciate quality films and filmmakers!

    May 2021
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    Response from festival:

    So grateful, for your participation in Longleaf and your kind words!

  • Michael Pearce

    Thank you so much to Longleaf for a wonderful festival experience! Communication was great throughout and they really created a welcoming environment. Can't wait to meet in person in the future!!!

    May 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for participating in Longleaf 2021 and for helping to make the festival folk connect!

  • L. Ash

    Excellent festival experience! Longleaf was extremely well run and I was grateful to be a part of it. Very organized, welcoming, great communication. They really made the experience feel special even though it had to be virtual this year. Highly recommend!

    May 2021
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    Response from festival:

    WOW! Thanks So Much! We appreciate your thoughtfulness and hope to see everyone for 2022!

  • Walter Haussner

    Best film festival experience ever. Sally is incredible. Great communication, very well organized, absolutely top-notch. Thank you for selecting Dulce et Decorum Est and for the Best Spoken Word Award. So proud to have participated.

    May 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Wow! You made our day. Thanks for your kind words and for your outstanding film. Looking forward to what's next!