Tarheel Shorties showcases a slate of the coolest indie films from North Carolina artists. The 4th annual Tarheel Shorties Film Festival kicks off May 8, 202o in Wilson, North Carolina with screenings at the historic Edna Boykin Cultural Center. This homegrown festival highlights films created with roots in North Carolina. The festival was launched ten years ago to showcase the legacy of indie film in NC showcasing filmmakers like Norwood Cheek, Francesca Talenti, Dave Monahan, and dozens of the states most talented creators. Join us as we plant Tarheel Shorties in Wilson, NC for many years to come.

Tarheel Shorties supports the growth of independent filmmaking in North Carolina. Stay tuned for more info about awards at this year's festival.

North Carolina filmmakers can submit narrative, documentary or experimental films of any length or genre to the festival by March 5, 2020. All films should have been made in the past two years by North Carolina residents, natives, or be filmed in NC.

Overall Rating
  • Stephanie Diane Ford

    I love what Dan and the team at Cucalorus are doing with this festival to promote local/regional talent. This is a great showcase for NC filmmakers and I hope to see it grow into a pipeline for some of NC's best talent. Would love to see more music videos in the program.

    September 2020
  • So much fun and such a charming, accepting town. I hope more filmmakers find this on their upcoming submissions!!! The venue is beautiful, the forum was so informative and the work was off the rails!!! Thank you so much for letting me be part of this wonderful festival...I sure hope you have me back!!!

    June 2019
  • This was an amazing experience. From the communication of the programmers and staff to the actual event it was smooth and great! Cucalorus treats filmmakers extremely well. This festival emphases filmmaking and filmmakers in NC, and does a great job at it! It was A very enjoyable festival and extremely worth the submission! I look forward to submitting and attending again soon!

    June 2019
  • Patti Price

    Tarheel Shorties is a truly wonderful film festival! Dan, Lauren, and Rachel were very much on top of all communication and were so very supportive of all of the filmmakers in attendance. The venue was great! We had ample opportunity to meet and interact with several filmmakers. We very much enjoyed attending the festival and hope to be part of the festival in coming years.

    June 2019