Experience the magic of TRUE indie cinema at the Spring Lane Film Festival on April 6th! Submit your films by January 31st for a chance to see your work on the big screen. This festival boasts the friendliest and most welcoming atmosphere, providing filmmakers with an unforgettable experience! Enjoy filmmaker Q&As, local vendors, and indulge in the greatest popcorn that will ever enter your body.

Submit your films using the link below!


The event will take place on April 6th, 2024 from 12 pm-8pm at Spring Lane Cinemas in Sanford, NC! We hope to see you there!!

Categories vary for each event. All winners will be notified the day after the festival.

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
  • Elytra Collective

    Jared is a phenomenal festival runner and person. We were so grateful to have our short film "bodybag" premiere at Spring Lane. It has bee nothing but perfect accommodation for the film.

    April 2024
  • Thanks Spring Lane Film Festival for awarding our film "Breaking In" with Best Screenplay. They were great with communication and very accommodating!

    April 2024
  • 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