The 5th annual Lumbee Film Festival takes place July 6 to July 8, 2023 in Pembroke, NC. The festival showcases bold, original new films made by American Indians, with special interest in those from Southeastern American Indian communities and especially members of the Lumbee Tribe of NC but any active member of a tribe is encouraged to apply.

The Festival takes place during Lumbee Homecoming, which is the largest American Indian cultural celebration in North Carolina and the Southeast. It is scheduled this year for June 20th – July 2nd.

“Each year the Lumbee Film Festival gets better and better. I am so excited about this year’s lineup of short and feature films. Some are traditional and some have us thinking out of the box. Some are local and some are far away. Just like in real life. Something for everyone. Come join us. You will be glad you did,” – Kim Pevia, Festival Director

The Lumbee Film Festival is a partnership between the Lumbee Tribe of NC and the Cucalorus Film Foundation.

Lumbee Film Festival supports the growth of independent filmmaking in the American Indian community. Stay tuned for more info about awards at this year's festival.

American Indian filmmakers can submit narrative, documentary or experimental films of any length or genre to the festival by April 20, 2023. Only films directed or co-directed by individuals who identify as American Indian, Native American, or Indigenous and are members of a tribe may apply. Do not apply if you do not identify as an American Indian, Native American, or Indigenous North American.

Overall Rating
  • André Luís Lopes Neves

    We definitely recommend this festival, which highlights indigenous modes of existence around the world. The possibility to watch other relative's films was wonderful and powerful. Besides several differences we have in different countries, mostly in the production conditions, the festival helps our communities to get closer and stronger, exchanging our images and speeches. Thank you very much and we hope you can continue this work!

    July 2020
  • Joey Clift

    I can't recommend this fest enough. They were very communicative, helpful and it was a great fest all around. Definitely submit to this!

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for everything and more, Joseph!! We can't wait to see what you do next!