Join us for an evening of eye-opening entertainment as we celebrate the art of truly independent cinema in Charlotte, North Carolina and showcase the very best of original short films from around the Carolinas and beyond!

Recognizing the contributions of independent filmmakers from all around the world, with a strong emphasis on locally and regionally produced short films, the Stranger Days Independent Film Festival strives to build community and establish positive connections by offering an outlet to artists often overlooked by the mainstream and providing viewers with an interactive experience in a diverse environment that is both welcoming and inclusive for all people.

The event will feature over ten hours of film screenings over two days, an awards ceremony honoring the very best in show, and a fully-interactive film mixer afterparty featuring a full bar, hookah lounge, food trucks, and fun, friendly, inclusive environment.

All award winners will receive an official award certificate, with the grand prize winner of "Best in Show" also receiving a custom-engraved trophy.

Winners will be selected for the following categories:
- Best in Show (overall best picture)
- Best Genre Shorts (Comedy, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense, etc.)
- Best Short Documentary
- Best International Short (filmed outside the USA)
- Best Regional Short (filmed in NC/SC, by NC/SC filmmakers)
- Best LGBT Short (directed/written by and/or focused on LGBT issues)
- Best Micro-Short (films with a total runtime of 5 minutes or less)
- Best Arthouse/Underground Short (for art, underground, and/or experimental films that don't fit into any traditional genre)
- Audience Choice Award (as voted on by attendees during the festival - any screened film is eligible)

SHORT FILMS PREFERRED.
We mostly showcase short films (no more than 21 minutes in length). While we do accept a few features each year, we cannot accept many. This is due to time constraints set by the venue.

INDEPENDENT FILMS ONLY.
This is a showcase of independent films. No major studio/major distribution films need apply.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE OR ENGLISH SUBTITLES ONLY.
All films must be in English, or otherwise be fully subtitled in English.

NO REFUNDS. NO RETURNS. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Once a film has been accepted, it cannot be withdrawn from competition. No refunds of any submission fees will be refunded for any reason, and no submitted materials will be returned for any reason. No exceptions.

NO WAIVER CODES. NO EXCEPTIONS.
We purposely keep our submission fees low so that as many people as possible can participate. Our event is free to attend, so submission fees is how we keep the event up and running. Furthermore, we respect and obey the laws of all countries. If your country does not allow you to spend money in the United States, we cannot allow you to participate in our festival.
**DO NOT CONTACT US ASKING FOR A WAIVER CODE
با ما تماس نگیرید ورودی رایگان نیست.**

Submission to the Stranger Days Independent Film Festival will be considered to be an acknowledgement of and agreement to all film festival rules, and grants the SDIFF full authorization to use the submitted film for any/all screening and promotional purposes during the year it was submitted. Submission does not guarantee acceptance. SDIFF reserves the right to reject any film for any reason. Selection and awards are chosen by the awards committee and their decisions are final.

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  • Michael Fausti

    Outstanding festival with hosts that really know the indie horror scene. Wasn't able to make it person but received first rate communication throughout. The festival has a strong social media presence and some superb branding. What's more our film, Dead Celebrities, won an award for Best International Short! Highly recommended.

    February 2020
  • Very happy to have been a part of Stranger Days this year! Thank you again for selecting & screening Lucky Luke!

    December 2019
  • A great little festival, run by some really cool people. You should definitely submit your genre films to this one!

    November 2019
  • Scott Simerly

    We really enjoyed our film ‘Alien Guy Tim’ being selected to Stranger Days. The team was very responsive and supportive of our film both prior to and during the festival. A very fun overall event. Winning Best Comedy and Audience Choice Award was icing on the cake. Thank you for a great festival experience!

    November 2019
  • Derek Silver

    Very well organized. Everything ran smoothly and on time and presented well to a packed house. All of the films were high quality, making for a very fun event. I look forward to submitting future projects.

    November 2019