The Mission of the North Carolina Film Awards (NCFA) is to strengthen the independent film, television and video industry. While the North Carolina Film Award is NOT a live screening film festival, think Telly, the NCFA shall identify and recognize an array of talented filmmakers and their movies from across the state, region, nation and the world. Features and shorts, are welcome at the North Carolina Film Awards, bringing in the widest array of artists from different disciplines.

The North Carolina Film Award draws motion pictures and talent from around the world to North Carolina, a state recognized as one of the top movie and television producers in the United States. Our awards will identify the top achievers in their category. Every producer and director hopes to create an award-winning movie. To a worthy cadre of independent industry craftsman, It is our honor to bring these hopes to fruition.

There are three recognition tiers per category. The three recognition tiers are:

Founder’s Award – Our most prestigious award
Director’s Award – Our award for superior effort
President’s Award – Our award of distinction

The categories are:
Shorts: Action/Adventure - Shorts: Animation - Shorts: Comedy
Shorts: Drama - Shorts: Horror/Science Fiction - Shorts: Faith Based
Feature: Action/Adventure - Feature: Animation - Feature: Comedy
Feature: Drama - Feature: Horror/Science Fiction - Feature: Faith Based

To be eligible for consideration:
(1) Entrants must comply with the Entry Rules & Regulations, including deadline(s) and
selected material requirements.
(2) Films must be in their complete form, no works-in-progress accepted.
(3) Non-English language works must either have English subtitles or be accompanied by dialogue lists in
both English and the original language.

Shorts - 45 minutes
Standard Deadline: Price Listed
Features - 60-120 minutes
Standard Deadline: Price Listed


- 45 minutes or less running length is considered a SHORT
- 46 minutes up to 120 minutes is considered a FEATURE

Categories & Tiers

There are three recognition tiers per category.

The three recognition tiers are:
Founder’s Award – Our most prestigious award
Director’s Award – Our award for superior effort
President’s Award – Our award of distinction

The categories are:
Horror/Science Fiction
Faith Based

Each film invited to be part of the Festival will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Each entered work must be accompanied by its own entry form and a separate online link. Each entry must have a separate PayPal entry fee.

A panel of industry experts will screen for accepted works in each category.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring their entry link and password plays correctly. If it does not play when viewed by the Judges, you will be notified of the play problem via email once only.

Applicants will be notified of their status via email by January 02, 2018. Please update the festival with any changes in contact information to be sure notification is received in a timely manner.

April 1, 2018 Beginning of Online Festival – Submissions Open
May 31, 2018 End of Online Festival – Submissions Closed
June 1, 2018 Judging Commences
June 30, 2018 Judging Complete – Applicants Notified

The North Carolina Film Awards will not be held responsible for any legal issues that might arise from the inclusion of uncleared materials in your film. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the film to secure permission from the copyright holder of the material in question such as music, stock footage, or any other elements that could violate an existing copyright.

Overall Rating
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    Yaser Talebi

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

    December 2016
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    Peter Dimako

    A complete waste of people's money. I don't know how they actually call this a festival as your Fim does not even screen in a festival with any viewers but more a panel of judges who accept your film then shoot you an email saying oh didn't win, and give you a discount for the Nextel festival. In short, this could be anything bad you don't even know if you're missing actually being watched or not. What are you paying for? Nothing in the end as no film screens for the public, you get no exposure from professionals or viewers and don't network with anyone. Avoid at all costs.

    August 2016
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    Kenneth Sanabria

    Good to have retribution for our work. People from this competion are kind and had good communication. For me, it needs something else than a laurel for the winners. Maybe a throphy or a certificate

    June 2016
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    Cameron Goad

    Communication was nonexistent. Did not reply to emails or phone calls until after multiple multiple attempts. Once you did get any kind of info from them, the info was never accurate. Deadlines were consistently not met. One positive was that you did get feedback from each of the judges on your film. Although the feedback was about as helpful as reading the table of contents from "Filmmaking for Dummies". If you want to be accepted to a film festival just to be constantly left in the dark about what is actually going on, by all means submit to this festival.

    May 2016
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    Adam Renkovish

    Excellent festival. A good experience all around. Just know that this is not a screening event.

    May 2016