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. Of course, we hold near and dear all (current and former) Longleaf Official Selection filmmakers.

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.

Awards & Prizes

All narrative festival submissions are eligible for the $500 Judges’ Choice--Narrative award. All documentary festival submissions are eligible for the $500 Judges’ Choice--Documentary award. All films entered in the Middle and High School Student Film category are eligible for the $500 Best Student-Made Film award. Other prizes may be awarded as 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

Rules & Terms

The list and the rules.

Longleaf Film Festival has 8 categories for entry:
• Animated Films, (shorts or feature length between 1 and 90 minutes total running time)
• Documentary Feature (between 40 and 90 minutes total running time)
• Documentary Short (between 1 and 39 minutes total running time)
• History+ films (narrative and documentary films, features and shorts, between 1 and 90 minutes total running time)
• Middle and High School Student Film (between 1 and 20 minutes total running time)
• Music Videos (between 1 and 8 minutes total running time)
• Narrative Feature (between 40 and 90 minutes total running time)
• Narrative Short (between 1 and 39 minutes total running time)

Eligibility to enter Longleaf!
To be eligible for selection and awards for Longleaf 2018, 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 2018 must have been made between January 1, 2016, and March 1, 2018.
• 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 2018 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: ________________________________________________________________

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    Dylan Powers

    The people that run the festival really care about each individual project and filmmaker. Such a great experience. Honestly, you should go.

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Dylan! We do value all filmmakers do--and want to share their work with film fans new and old!

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    Andrew Brewster

    Longleaf has become a hallmark of the local indie film scene in NC and for good reason. Terrific selection of films from around the world, great venue, great hospitality, and decent networking opportunities. But there's definitely room for this new and growing festival to improve. Unless your film is screened in the main hall it probably won't be seen by too many people and it would be nice if some of the blocks could include a greater variety of films (comedy, drama, horror, etc.). Grouping them by theme is interesting, but drags a bit in the blocks with heavy, dark dramas. Still, I plan on submitting again in the future and encourage other filmmakers to as well! Awareness for the event is growing and has only gotten better each year.

    August 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Hey Andrew! We appreciate your thoughtful feedback and understand about the smaller rooms. The screens there are the same large size--but wayfinding in our building is a real challenge. We seek to improve every year and hope to have more folks attend and see these amazing films.

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    Kim Best

    Longleaf Film Festival is just three years old. But its organizers are clearly passionate and dedicated to: 1) celebrating storytelling (both narrative and documentary), 2) promoting connections among filmmakers, and 3) creating opportunities for filmmakers to share their knowledge and experience. The quality of films this year was very good, and the festival was run efficiently. It was an honor to be included in this event, a pleasure to see such a variety of films, and fun to meet several other filmmakers. Kudos to Sally, Jerry, Stephen, Chelsea, Cassie and all Longleaf folk whose hard work and welcoming ways were clearly apparent and appreciated!

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Kim! Dedicated filmmakers like you help make Longleaf thrive.

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    George Hage

    Truly enjoyed being part of the film festival and seeing a strong variety of films and works. Staff was kind and overall great experience.

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks George! Much appreciated.

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    Yaser Talebi

    "This is a great festival my film was in. Longleaf film festival was professional and communicated extremely well. Looking forward to submitting again. Highly recommend"

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Yaser! Much appreciated.