The Raleigh Film & Art Festival is a creative explosion and a wonderful exploration of the arts. Featuring an amazing mixture of live and virtual environments stacked with entertainment. 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.

We take the screening process very seriously. Members of our programming team watch every single film, and films are considered and discussed by the staff before a final decision is made.

Submissions are viewed at least once by a staff-level member of the RFAF programming team in addition to members of our volunteer screening corps, comprising film industry professionals, filmmakers, avid moviegoers, film students, longtime festival submissions screeners and Oscar Academy Members.

RFAF is the place to be for creators and appreciators to see the best talent of 2021!

Awards are given for the following competitive categories:

Audience Awards:

RFAF Audience Choice Awards are chosen by Festivalgoers themselves through digital ballots cast after screenings.

RFAF Viewers Choice Award based on online views algorithm during the festival.

RFAF Quasar Award
This award was created to support the next generation of emerging directors.

Juried Awards:

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 Still Shot Moment
Best Movie Poster
Best Trailer
Artist Of The Year (Visual)
Best Spoken Word Performance
Best Movie Scene

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.

2021 Raleigh Film Festival TERMS OF ENTERING

• Filmmakers whose films are accepted for the competition will be notified by email by approximately July 21, 2021. 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 2021 Raleigh Film Festival Terms of Entry.

Overall Rating
  • Wonderful festival. So happy to have been a part of it. Well curated lineup of films; highly recommend!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much John!

  • Bryan Wolfinger

    Thank you for having us! We hope to see you again next year!!! Amazing line up!!!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you keep up the great work Bryan!

  • Awesome festival! So honored to have had my short film, "Love Lives in a Void" selected and screened. They made sure the festival happened online with an incredible variety of fantastic films. I also love that it is an art festival as well. I was included in a filmmaker Q&A that was incredibly fun. Chris was an amazing host / moderator. I truly admire all that the festival accomplished. I look forward to submitting more work in the future and urge you to submit too!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    We look forward to seeing more work from you Johnny!

    P.S. We all agree ~Richard Prayer Live at the Sunset Strip~ was gold! lol

  • This was my first film festival and I truly had a wonderful experience. All of the films were great! I also had the opportunity to be interviewed as an industry insider. Christopher and his team were very professional in adapting to this new cultural experience to reach even more people. I look forward to next year!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    This is what. the mission is all about Caletta. We love being a loud platform for the creative minds. Thank you!

  • I would only recommend this fine film festival to get associated with IMDb so I can show my achievements to my fellow filmmakers. Other than that this is a great festival.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Edmundo for your recommendation. It was great, We are setting this up!