BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival is an annual short film and screenplay festival that takes place in the heart of the Triangle, Cary, North Carolina. Each fall, engaged audiences, new and established filmmakers, industry professionals, and special guests from around the country come together to celebrate the art and craft of short filmmaking, participate in panel discussions and workshops, and experience a live table read by our screenplay winner.

For more information on the Beyond: The Cary Film Festival, please visit www.thecarytheater.com. For updates, follow Beyond: The Cary Film Festival on Facebook, @CaryTheater on Twitter, and @thecarytheater on Instagram, and join the conversation by using #BeyondCaryFest.

FILM AWARDS:
BEST NARRATIVE (FICTION) SHORT
- $1,000 cash prize
- One 4-month InkTip Pro membership
- One Script + Financial analysis bundle on Slated
- One Digital Download of Final Draft screenwriting software

BEST DOCUMENTARY (NON-FICTION) SHORT
- $1,000 cash prize
- One 4-month InkTip Pro membership
- One Script + Financial analysis bundle on Slated
- One Digital Download of Final Draft screenwriting software

BEST STUDENT SHORT
To qualify for the Best Student Short Award, the film must have been completed while enrolled in an accredited film or media arts course or program.
- $1,000 cash prize
- One 4-month InkTip Pro membership
- One Script + Financial analysis bundle on Slated
- One Digital Download of Final Draft screenwriting software

BEST UNDER 10 SHORT
To qualify for the Best Under 10 Short Award, the film must have a run time of 9:59 or less.
- $1,000 cash prize
- One 4-month InkTip Pro membership
- One Script + Financial analysis bundle on Slated
- One Digital Download of Final Draft screenwriting software

PEOPLE’S CHOICE
- $1,000 cash prize
- One 4-month InkTip Pro membership
- One Script + Financial analysis bundle on Slated
- One Digital Download of Final Draft screenwriting software

SCREENPLAY AWARD:
GRAND JURY WINNER
- $1,000 cash prize
- One 4-month InkTip Pro membership
- One Script + Financial analysis bundle on Slated
- One Digital Download of Final Draft screenwriting software

FOR FILMS:

ELIGIBILITY
Short films completed after January 1, 2021, are eligible for Beyond 2022. Films 40 minutes or less are considered shorts. Films that have been publicly broadcast in the U.S. are ineligible. Note – Films that have been digitally screened with restricted availability as part of an online festival selection are still eligible.

FILMMAKER BENEFITS
Each official selection will receive two (2) festival passes to attend screenings and events at Beyond 2022. Filmmakers will have the opportunity to participate in filmmaker Q&As. More information will be available at the time of acceptance.

ROUGH CUTS, WORKS-IN-PROGRESS, UPDATED CUTS
We strongly encourage filmmakers to submit the most complete version of their film. Only one version of the film may be submitted. Beyond cannot guarantee that multiple versions or updated cuts of a submitted film will be reviewed. Works-in-Progress and Rough Cuts are not accepted.

PREMIERES
Beyond does not have a premiere requirement. Note – Films that have been publicly broadcast in the U.S. are ineligible.

NOTIFICATION & FEEDBACK
All films will be notified of their status in June 2022. If your contact information or premiere status changes between submission entry and our notification date, please update your information in Film Freeway and email changes to Beyond. Beyond does not provide feedback on submitted films.

TERMS & CONDITIONS
By agreeing to the terms and conditions on the entry form for Beyond: The Cary Film Festival, the applicant submitting an entry (short film) acknowledges that he/she/they has read and agreed to the following rules and guidelines:

1. Authorization – The Applicant is legally authorized to enter the short film in Beyond: The Cary Film Festival, and the short film is not subject to any claims or litigation and is not threatened by any claims or litigation.
2. Eligibility – Short films completed after January 1, 2021, are eligible for Beyond 2022. Films 40 minutes or less are considered shorts. Films that have been publicly broadcast in the U.S. are ineligible. Note – Films that have been digitally screened with restricted availability as part of an online festival selection are still eligible.
3. Rough Cuts, Works-in-Progress, Updated Cuts – Beyond strongly encourages filmmakers to submit the most complete version of their film. Only one version of the film may be submitted. Beyond cannot guarantee that multiple versions or updated cuts of a submitted film will be reviewed. Works-in-Progress and Rough Cuts are not accepted.
4. Student Award – To qualify for the Best Student Short Film Award, the film must have been completed while enrolled in an accredited film or media arts course or program.
5. Subtitles – Non-English language shorts must be subtitled in English. For accessibility, English language short films must have the option of English captioning.
6. Entry – Beyond can only accept, consider, and notify entries submitted with valid entry form and non-refundable entry fee. To be considered, Applicants must fill out the entry form on Film Freeway and submit a secure online screener. Entry fee payment must be made online through Film Freeway.
7. Screening Fees – Beyond does not pay screening fees for short films in competition.
8. Status – To verify Beyond has received your entry, please check your film’s status in Film Freeway before emailing us with further questions.
9. Notification – All films will be notified of their status in June. If your contact information or premiere status changes between submission entry and our notification date, please update your information in Film Freeway and email changes to Beyond.
10. Entry Materials – Entry materials cannot be returned.
11. Rights & Clearances – It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to obtain all rights, licenses, or necessary permissions thereto: to the fullest extent permitted by Laws and Regulations. The applicant shall indemnify and hold harmless the Town of Cary, its officers, and employees, from and against all claims, costs, civil penalties, fines, losses, and damages (including but not limited to professionals’ fees and charges and all court or other dispute resolution costs), by whomsoever brought or alleged, arising out of, resulting from, or in connection with:
a. Any break by the Applicant of any term or condition or Contract,
b. Any breach or violation by Applicant of any applicable Law or Regulation,
c. Any other cause resulting from any act or failure to act by Applicant under this Contract, but only to the extent cause by any negligence or omission of the Applicant.
d. This indemnification shall survive the termination of Contract.
12. Acceptance – If your short film is selected to screen at Beyond, the Applicant hereby agrees to the following rights and requests and grants to Beyond without reservation, conditions, or qualifications:
a. Beyond reserves the right to screen an exhibition-quality digital file of the short film (accepted formats: .mp4, .mov, Pro-res) during Beyond.
b. Beyond reserves the right to coordinate ALL publicity and press outreach concerning the short film’s presentation at Beyond, including but not limited to:
i. The right to use excerpted clips, still images and/or titles, and information from or relating to the short film for promotional purposes in all media including The Cary Theater and Beyond website.
ii. The right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the short film and to use all associated names, likenesses, and biographical information.
c. Beyond reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any submission fees, any entry which is in violation of the guidelines and participation agreement.

FOR SCREENPLAYS:

ELIGIBILITY
Screenplays completed after January 1, 2021, are eligible for Beyond 2022. Screenplays must be written in English and under 40 pages in length. Screenplays that have been optioned, purchased, or produced at the time of submission are ineligible.

SCREENWRITER BENEFITS
The grand jury winner of the screenplay competition will receive two (2) festival passes to attend screenings and events at Beyond 2022, a live table read of his/her/their screenplay at the festival, and the opportunity to participate in a Q&A following his/her/their table read. More information will be available at the time of acceptance.

NOTIFICATION & FEEDBACK
All screenwriters will be notified of their status in June 2022. If your contact information changes between submission entry and our notification date, please update your information in Film Freeway and email changes to Beyond. Beyond does not provide feedback on submitted screenplays.

TERMS & CONDITIONS
By agreeing to the terms and conditions on the entry form for Beyond: The Cary Film Festival, the applicant submitting an entry (screenplay) acknowledges that he/she/they has read and agreed to the following rules and guidelines:

1. Authorization – The Applicant is legally authorized to enter the screenplay in Beyond: The Cary Film Festival, and the screenplay is not subject to any claims or litigation and is not threatened by any claims or litigation.
2. Eligibility – Screenplays completed after January 1, 2021, are eligible for Beyond 2022. Screenplays must be written in English and under 40 pages in length. Screenplays that have been optioned, purchased, or produced at the time of submission are ineligible.
3. Format – Screenplays must follow the Standard Screenplay Format (https://www.nfi.edu/screenplay-format/). Beyond only accepts PDF versions of screenplays.
4. Updated Versions – Beyond strongly encourages screenwriters to submit the most complete version of their screenplay. Only one version of the screenplay may be submitted. Beyond cannot guarantee that updated versions of a submitted screenplay will be reviewed.
5. Language – All screenplays must be written in English.
6. Entry – Beyond can only accept, consider, and notify entries submitted with valid entry form and non-refundable entry fee. To be considered, Applicants must fill out the entry form on Film Freeway and submit an online PDF version of their screenplay. Entry fee payment must be made online through Film Freeway.
7. Status – To verify Beyond has received your entry, please check your screenplay’s status in Film Freeway before emailing us with further questions.
8. Notification – All screenwriters will be notified of their status in June. If your contact information changes between submission entry and our notification date, please update your information in Film Freeway and email changes to Beyond.
9. Entry Materials – Entry materials cannot be returned.
10. Rights & Clearances – It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to obtain all rights, licenses, or necessary permissions thereto: to the fullest extent permitted by Laws and Regulations. The applicant shall indemnify and hold harmless the Town of Cary, its officers, and employees, from and against all claims, costs, civil penalties, fines, losses, and damages (including but not limited to professionals’ fees and charges and all court or other dispute resolution costs), by whomsoever brought or alleged, arising out of, resulting from, or in connection with:
a. Any break by the Applicant of any term or condition or Contract,
b. Any breach or violation by Applicant of any applicable Law or Regulation,
c. Any other cause resulting from any act or failure to act by Applicant under this Contract, but only to the extent cause by any negligence or omission of the Applicant.
d. This indemnification shall survive the termination of Contract.
11. Acceptance – If your screenplay is selected as the grand jury winner at Beyond, the Applicant hereby agrees to the following rights and requests and grants to Beyond without reservation, conditions, or qualifications:
a. Beyond reserves the right to coordinate ALL publicity and press outreach concerning the screenplay’s presentation at Beyond, including but not limited to:
i. The right to use excerpts from the screenplay for promotional purposes in all media including The Cary Theater and Beyond website.
ii. The right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the screenwriter and the screenplay and to use all associated names, likenesses, and biographical information.
b. Beyond reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any submission fees, any entry which is in violation of the guidelines and participation agreement.

Overall Rating
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Networking
  • Matthew Ramsaur

    Had an amazing experience being a filmmaker at this festival. Their hospitality and communication went above and beyond. I felt very appreciated. The staff are all wonderful. Will be submitting again.

    April 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind words, Matthew! We look forward to reviewing your new work and welcoming you back to BEYOND!

  • It was a wonderful experience attending the festival. Everything well organized, the attention was wonderful and the workshops were very good!

    October 2021
  • John Sexton

    So sorry We could not attend this year. However, our friends reported that it was a very nice festival. Thank you for including our film

    October 2021
  • Larry Collins

    This was an absolutely FANTASTIC film festival and an extremely rewarding experience. It was professional, welcoming, and offered wonderful networking opportunities. This film festival is a screenwriter's dream - with a top-of-the-line table read experience.

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Larry! It was a pleasure to have you in attendance and to be able to feature your winning screenplay with our live table read. Please keep us in mind for any future projects.
    Robbie

  • Randolph Benson

    Thanks for a wonderful festival and a terrific filmmaker experience. Couldn't be happier. I'll definitely be submitting in the future!

    October 2021