The Raleigh Film & Art Festival is a creative explosion and a wonderful exploration of the arts. This three-day event includes amazing venues showcasing filmmakers, painters, tattoo artists, jewelry makers, fashion designers, live music, spoken word, playwrights, panels/seminars, and networking. At the largest University in North Carolina.

The place to be for creators and appreciators to see the best talent of 2020!

Jury awards are given for the following competitive categories:

Best Short
Best Mid-length
Best Feature Film
Best New Music Video
Music Video Of The Year
Best Animated
Best Experimental
Best Documentary
Best Cinematography
Best Special Effects
Best Playwright (Short Scripts )
Best Student Film
Best Abstract Photography
Best Surreal Photography
Photography Moment Of The Year
Painting Of The Year

Jury award prizes vary from year to year as sponsorship allows but typically includes goods, services, and awards. Winners also gain the opportunity for distribution.

2020 Raleigh Film Festival TERMS OF ENTERING

• Filmmakers whose films are accepted for the competition will be notified by email by approximately July 13, 2020. All the privileges due to filmmakers will be specified in this correspondence.

• All filmmakers with a film in competition will receive a VIP pass, giving free access to all events and screenings (subject to availability) at the Festival. These passes are non-transferable and must be worn at all times in a clear view. Passes are not sent by mail but must be picked up in person at the designated Festival site.
• Raleigh Film Festival promotes the schedule of screenings via media including newspapers, emails, television, and radio. Raleigh Film Festival encourages filmmakers to help promote their films by promoting their screening(s) to industry professionals, distributors, the press and the general public.
• For entries selected to the 2020 Festival, an exhibition print or video of the film in the proper format (35mm, BetaSP, DigiBeta, DVCam, Mini DV, HDCam, DCP or File (MP4 or MOV (H.264)). Failure to comply with technical specifications may result in the removal of the film from Festival competition.
• Filmmakers may not install banners or posters at the theaters without the official authorization of the Raleigh Film Festival.

***all entry fees are non-refundable***

Exhibiting filmmaker (“Exhibitor”) represents and warrants that:

1. All persons who are featured in the film have given unrestricted permission for use of their images, words, and performances, waiving or assigning to Exhibitor all rights including but not limited to copyrights and moral rights.

2. To the extent any pre-existing material is used in the film that is not original to Exhibitor, except brief clips of video and/or audio material used only to the extent reasonably necessary for purposes of public criticism, commentary and documentary reporting relevant to the thesis of the film, Exhibitor has obtained unrestricted permission from all rights holders for use of the material in the film and for display and performance of the film or any portions thereof in any and all venues and media, including for promotional purposes.

3. To the extent any remaining rights relating to the film are owned by third parties, Exhibitor warrants that Exhibitor has all rights and permissions necessary to permit the showing of the film at the Raleigh Film Festival (a program of Artist Christopher Terrell Inc referred to hereinafter, collectively, as “Raleigh Film Festival”) and any other events sponsored by Raleigh Film Festival at which Exhibitor agrees or has agreed the film may be exhibited, and for use of excerpts or portions thereof in any and all venues and media, including for promotional purposes.

4. All materials submitted to Raleigh Film Festival are otherwise the original work of Exhibitor (and its employees, if any), and not of any third party.

5. The exhibitor has a good and marketable title to the entire submitted work. Exhibitor shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Raleigh Film Festival from any and all liability, loss, costs, damage, judgment, or expense (including reasonable attorneys fees) resulting from or arising in any way out of any such claims by any third parties that are based upon, or are the result of any breach of the warranties in this Exhibition Agreement.

By completing the online entry form, the Exhibitor constitutes his/her full and complete acceptance of the terms hereof and that Exhibitor has read and complies with the 2018 Raleigh Film Festival Terms of Entry.

Overall Rating
  • Nicole Amelio-Casper

    I wasn't able to attend because of a surgery! However, I hear it was amazing and I sooo regret I couldn't be there!

    October 2019
  • Russell Emanuel

    Great festival, thank you for everything!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Russell!

  • Ace Blankenship

    Great all around films with an awesome team. It was a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful event. The theater facility was awesome and I hope that this festival can find some growth in the upcoming years. Great Job!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much, Ace!

  • Great communication! We were unfortunately unable to attend, but we followed on social media and we are so sorry we missed such an opportunity to network and hang with fellow artists! We are so thrilled we won an award, we will be back as audience for sure, but hopefully, with a new submission as well. Thank you so much to the organizers!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much, Sara!

  • Fran Burst-Terranella

    Raleigh Film & Art Festival 2018 showed a wonderfully curated selection of films and we were honored to participate and earn Raleigh's best feature film award. Terrific festival run by very talented and welcoming team.

    July 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Fran we appreciate you!