Wake Forest Film Festival

Mark your calendars for a cinematic tour de force; at the Wake Forest Film Festival! This event aims to spotlight passionate, creative and thought-provoking movies by some of today's most promising and accomplished local, national, and international filmmakers. The festival is a 2-day film showcase that will engage audiences with films of all lengths and genres that include short and feature, Documentary, Student, Sci-Fi, Family, and Music. This festival is intended for both the general public and film professionals.

Awards for:

*Best Documentary Film
*Best Student Film
*Best Sci-Fi Film
*Best Family Film
*Best Music Film


Dear Filmmaker:

The 2023 Wake Forest Film Festival is an opportunity for filmmakers to showcase films in a unique location to a discerning audience.

All submitted films should convey to the audience the best story possible.

Foreign Films must have subtitles.

Requirements and restrictions:
• We accept narrative features, narrative shorts, documentary features, documentary shorts, animated features, animated shorts, sci-fi features, sci-fi shorts, family features, family shorts, music features, music shorts, and student films in all categories (High School & College - see requirements for a film to qualify as a student submission).
• We do not pay a screening fee or travel expenses for filmmakers whose films have been selected for screening at the festival.
• We cannot consider or screen films that are available for sale on Youtube, Netflix, Amazon, or any other consumer site.
• Your film must have completed filming in 2017 or later.
• Aside from other film festivals, the film must not screen within 100 miles of Wake Forest, North Carolina, from date of selection to the end of the festival in which the film appears.

By submitting your film you agree to the following:
• That you have clearance of rights.
• That the authorized rights holder of the film grants to the Wake Forest Film Festival the right to screen this movie at the Wake Forest Film Festival during the agreed upon dates.
• That excerpts of the film can be broadcast on the festival website or any other publication of the Wake Forest Film Festival for promotional purposes.
• To the best of your resources, you will appropriately promote the screening on your end.

No additional grant of rights is implied or intended, and filmmaker retains all other rights to the film.

We strive to keep our entry costs as low as possible. Sorry, no waivers or discounts of entry fees are available for any reason.

Requirements IF your film is chosen as a finalist for the Film Festival:
• Two digital copies will be required by January 23, 2023.
• These should be mailed to the selection committee at the address below.

Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts
Film Festival Selection Committee
405 S. Brooks Street,
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Film Festival Contact: Debbie Dunn
ddunn@wakeforestnc.gov or 919-435-9567

Overall Rating
  • Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation

    Thank you so much to Wake Forest Film Festival awarding our animation not with one prize, but with two! We feel very honoured! Thannk you sending us the awards and for the great communication. We wish we could have attended the festival in person.

    March 2022
  • Wonderful little festival. Great communication and facilities. Lovely audience who asked many questions. We enjoyed this festival very much!

    March 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Kelley. One of the highlights for the audience is getting to meet filmmakers like yourself. We appreciate you being a part of the 2022 Wake Forest Film Festival and wish you every success with your filmmaker's endeavors.

  • Great communication.
    That is what I what.

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Dave. We appreciate your participation and wish you much success with your film making.

  • An amazing festival - I am honored to have been a part of it! I wish I could have attended!

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    We missed you Ashley but were grateful that Marty attended for you. Maybe we will all have the chance to meet soon.

  • Giorgi Tkemaladze

    Thanks you for everything, it's very excellent to get awards, I want to saying what best wishes and biggest luck for your festival

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    George - we enjoyed getting to know you "virtually" and look forward to the day when we can meet face to face. Wishing you every success in life.