The Spring Lane Film Festival returns for Volume 2! We strive to bring you the ultimate in indie entertainment! The event will take place on April 1st, 2023 from 12 pm-8 pm and will be presented on the big screen! Hosted once again at Spring Lane Cinemas in Sanford, NC - The heart of North Carolina! Featuring various vendors and food trucks, this is an event you don't want to miss!

Even during the resurgence of COVID-19, Spring Lane Cinemas is dedicated to keeping you safe! Their auditoriums remain at limited capacity, hand sanitizer stations and regular theater sanitizing remain in place, and masks--while not required--are encouraged.

Categories vary for each event. All winners will be notified the day after the festival. Winners in attendance will take home a super spicy certificate!

1. Films can be any length.
2. Submissions are only accepted through FilmFreeway.
4. Foreign language entries must have English subtitles.
5. Cast and crew credits must be provided in full.
6. You agree that you own all rights to all materials within your project and that we have full permission to download your film, and use photos, titles, and other information from your film for promotional reasons.
7. Theater owners, theater staff, festival staff, and judges, are not responsible for claims of liability, losses, copyright infringement, trademarks, or credits involving your film.
8. Submission fees are not refundable.
9. No waivers.
10. We do not offer travel expenses for filmmakers.

Overall Rating
  • Andrew Dyson

    Jared and the team at Spring Lane were gracious and made sure all filmmakers felt welcomed. Very glad to have WEREDEER be a part of the inaugural Spring Lane festival!

    April 2022
  • Piero Cannata

    Wonderful festival! Thank you very much for the awards for Best Foreign Film and for Best Director. See you soon!

    April 2022
  • Jessica B. Smith

    What an amazing festival! I'm so glad that the Elle Rose Series won Best Local Production. I don't think you'll find this level of greatness at such an affordable cost. The certificate I was awarded was beautiful. To be able to see your film within a large theater while eating popcorn is always an amazing experience. Communication was great throughout the whole process. Venue was amazing. I'll definitely be submitting to this festival again!

    April 2022
  • Dave Harlequin

    An absolutely outstanding festival in an excellent venue with a wonderful staff in charge of things. The communication and hospitality were top-notch, and it was an honor to be part of such a great lineup. Being named an award winner was just the icing on an already great cake. Will definitely be submitting again, as well as recommending this festival to every filmmaker I know!

    April 2022
  • William Lilly

    A big theater with small town charm, Jared and the theater crew made it a fun and inviting experience! Everything was organized and ran on schedule. I hope to be submitting again next year.

    April 2022