The Golden Hour Film Festival was created to give filmmakers a chance to showcase their work and talent in the beautiful Foothills of North Carolina. The founders of the festival are filmmakers themselves that have been through the film festival circuit for many years. With their knowledge of films, festivals, and competitions combined, they got together, shared their experiences and decided to create a film festival that is different from others.

Filmmakers spend numerous hours to create a film, hard work in accumulating the funds to submit to festivals and then wait months to hear if they are accepted. Most never knowing why their film did not make the cut. This is something that can be extremely disheartening and frustrating to filmmakers, especially those just entering the festival circuit. That is why we want to offer the opportunity for reviews, in hope to give these talented filmmakers the opportunity to know their strengths and where they may need to grow. The Golden Hour Film Festival wants to help every filmmaker keep their passion and give them hope to keep creating great films!

Another way The Golden Hour Film Festival is a festival for all filmmakers is because we want to offer tiers and awards for all types of filmmakers from young to ‘mature’, from novice filmmakers to those who have been through the ringer. It is hard to submit your film and compete with those who have expensive equipment, large crews or people who do this as a profession when all you have is a few friends and a cell phone. We want to give every filmmaker from all walks of life a chance to be recognized.

This is a festival created by and made for down to earth filmmakers looking to showcase their art, talent, work, and skills. We want everyone to be proud of what they do. If you took the time to create it, then you should be proud, you did more than most. If your film didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to, don’t be disappointed. Learn from it and grow from it. And we want to help you do just that. Too many filmmakers give up because of the lack of support. The Golden Hour Film Festival is a place where you can be surrounded by like minded filmmakers.

We are passionate about creating not only film, but an environment with the goal of making you feel like the amazing filmmaker you are. We can’t wait to meet you.

Awards will be given in each Level.
(Levels: Apprentice, Journeyman, Master Craftsman)



*Winners will be given their awards in the form of trophies, certificates, and/or plaques.

**Awards subject to change

- Films must be 20 minutes or less, including credits

- All films must be in English or with English subtitles

- Films that are publicly available for viewing online will not be eligible for awards.

- All films must be made within 2 calendar years prior to film festival.

- By submitting, you agree to grant the festival the right to use film images for promotional purposes.

- Submission fees are non-refundable

- It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to clear all rights before your film screens at the festival. By submitting your film you indemnify and hold harmless The Golden Hour Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Lisa Shawn

    Had the pleasure of attending the Golden Hour Film Festival where our film Walking Contradictions was screened. This event was amazing! From the hospitality to the scenery of the venue. We truly enjoyed it. Thank you again for selecting our film. We can’t wait to support the next event

    August 2021
  • Shawn Robinson

    Incredible event and humbled to be a part of it. The staff made you feel very comfortable and a part of something special. The knowledge of everyone involved was extremely helpful. Do yourself a favor and submit to this with the review. Looking forward to the next event.

    July 2021
  • Loring Murtha

    Do yourself a favor and submit to Golden Hour. Love, love, love this festival! I really can't recommend it enough to any and all filmmakers who want to screen their films in an amazing venue in front of a full house. It was very clear that every single person running this festival truly cared about creating the most positive experience for everyone. I can only hope they'll have us back next year!

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much! It was so great to meet you! Looking forward to seeing more from you!

  • Jennifer Trudrung

    Awesome locations, great people, incredible communication and tons of support and love for filmmakers. Definitely will be submitting here again! Thank you so much!!

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    It was truly a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for sharing your film with us! Hope to see more in future seasons.

  • Kathleen Brigham

    These guys are awesome! From the get-go, communication with them was great. They understand that filmmakers have to start somewhere so they offer three different categories (amateur, journeyman and masters) as well as provide written and valuable feedback on your film. Their screening locations are unique and quaint. For 2021 they held two events: one at a winery and the Carolina Theatre. They provided a live video of the awards ceremony on FB so we could partake even from afar. Something with seeing fellow filmmakers live and clapping along with them felt so wonderful. They are so well organized. I would have no hesitation to submitting a film to these folks again. Thank you for making the World Premiere of Date Night Facades such a positive experience.

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! We look forward to seeing more from you in the future!