Motion For Pictures is a bi-monthly screening series designed entertain and inspire the local film community as well as the general public by curating a lineup of the best independent cinema from around the world.

Screenings take place on the first Wednesday of even-numbered months (February, April, June, August, October, December), at the state-of-the-art Cary Theater on downtown Cary, North Carolina and consist of one 60-90 minute block featuring a mix of different styles of film.

We accept films from every genre, including- but not limited to- drama, horror, comedy, sci-fi, documentary, music video, experimental, student film, etc. The only requirement is that it be GREAT!


1. ANY FILM WE RECEIVE IS ELIGIBLE FOR ANY SCREENING. We have several screenings per year. Ideally our submission period would be open indefinitely, but FilmFreeway requires us to set an end date. Therefore we've made each year a different season. To be clear, the films we receive in a given season (2019 for example), will be eligible for any event we have in 2019, 2020, 2021, etc. Your film is always in contention and does not need to be resubmitted in the next season.

2. THE STATUS OF ALL FILMS WILL BE CHANGED TO "SEMI-FINALIST." FilmFreeway does not allow us to leave the status of a film "undecided" indefinitely. Eventually the system will automatically change the status to "not selected." The only way to prevent this (as suggested to us by the FilmFreeway tech support staff) is to change the status of all the films to "semi-finalist."

TO SUMMARIZE: On the notification date your film's status will be changed to "semi-finalist" in Motion For Pictures. We ask that you PLEASE DISREGARD any notification you receive regarding this status change. It is not indicative of a decision being made about your film, it's a trick we have to play on the FilmFreeway system in order to make sure your film remains eligible for future screenings. As stated earlier, your film will always be in the running for all our future screenings, but you will receive an email from us if it's selected. If you haven't heard from us, your film has not yet been picked and it is still in contention.

Each film screened will receive exclusive "Official Selection" laurels.

At each screening the audience will vote on their favorite film of the night. The winner will receive exclusive "Audience Choice" laurels.

Films must be submitted through our FilmFreeway page and conform to all rules and guidelines set out by FilmFreeway. Since the series is ongoing, you only need to submit your film once and it will remain in consideration for future screenings. Once a submission fee has been paid it will not be refunded.

The lineup for each screening will be publicly announced two weeks prior to the show. Notifications will be sent out to entrants one month prior to the screening.

A film may be withdrawn from consideration at any time for any reason until it has been selected for screening. No refunds will be given for withdrawals. Once a film has been selected for screening and the entrant notified of the selection, the film may not be withdrawn for any reason.

By submitting, the entrant agrees that all content in the film is their original work and/or they have obtained all necessary rights and permissions to screen the project as well as any copyrighted, trademarked, or proprietary material contained within. Entrants may be asked to show proof that they have permission to elements of the work that fall into question. Any work found to violate copyright laws will be immediately disqualified without refund. Entrant assumes any and all responsibility for any legal issues arising from the screening of the work they submit.

Overall Rating
  • Hi, I am really feeling very glad that our children feature film selected as semi-finalist at Motion For Pictures. My best wishes.

    February 2019
  • Thanks for the selection of my short film - Basic Instinct.
    Nice communication.

    February 2019
  • I had the honor of having my music video, "The Letting Go," selected as a semi-finalist. Great communication!!

    February 2019
  • Being a monthly event, happy to be a part of this series

    February 2019
  • Ram Alladi

    Thank you very much for the selecting "Chiseled" film at your festival.

    Ram Alladi

    July 2018