The Asheville Film Festival celebrates the art of film making! Great film making. The kind of film that can only be described with sentences that end with an exclamation mark! Films that excite, entertain and make us walk out of a theater and say, “I’m changed.” Our goal is to showcase thought-provoking films and offer a venue where movie lovers who appreciate independent vision can celebrate this unique art form.

We are dedicated to bringing unique, interesting, quality, challenging and entertaining films to Western NC by providing a cultural hub for an emerging film-artists community to showcase their works to the region’s top producers, peers, investors and viewers.

Just watch as we earn the title of the premiere film festival of Western NC. We are dedicated to providing opportunities for emerging and innovative creative professionals through our annual film festival, summer camp for teen talent, year round online screenings and an extensive community outreach program.

Awards & Prizes

Judge's Choice
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Documentary
Best Horror / Thriller / Sci Fi
Best Student Film
Best Experimental
Screenwriting Award

Rules & Terms

RULES & TERMS for film submission

In order to be eligible for submission:
• All submissions are received through www.filmfreeway.com.
• Provide access to a full screening of your film for judging (through filmfreeway.com)
• You must provide a 3 sentence Tag Line that describes your film
• Provide the genre of your film (Documentary / Drama / Comedy / Action)
• You must include any necessary warnings of (Nudity / Violence / Language / Adult Situations)
• You must provide English sub titles if the language of the film is not in English
Should you become an "Official Selection" for the 2017 Asheville Film Festival you must provide a DVD (sorry, we are not able to screen Blu-ray)
• Provide a JPEG of your Film cover
• Send a separate email that includes the above information to info@ashevillencfilmfestival.com.
• You will have to mail a DVD copy to the address below for actual screening at the festival. (The digital version is for the judge's screening ONLY)
• If you would like Asheville Film Festival to provide T-Shirts of your movie - You must provide a marketing visual

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
By entering your film for consideration for the 2017 Asheville Film Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Additionally, you agree that your film does not violate any copyright laws. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2017 Asheville Film Festival.

Each entry understands that submitting a film does not ensure that the film will be chosen as an "Official Selection". Only "Official Selection" films will be screened by the selection committee.

Each "Official Selection" understands that the judges will vote their choice. All of the judges’ scores will be added together. The official selection with the highest combined score will win. Nominees for each award will be posted on the website and social media pages prior to the event on September 16, 2017.

Each entry is required to pay a submission fee of $20 by the regular deadline.

Entries understand and give permission to the Film Fest, Director, Kaleigh Group Entertainment, Indie Spotlight Network and their subsidiaries to utilize the entry's film visuals on the Indie Spotlight Network and in the Kaleigh Group Entertainment for marketing purposes. All films submitted are eligible for review for distribution through Kaleigh Group Entertainment. If a film is selected for distribution, it will only be done AFTER filmmaker signs the film distribution agreement. Kaleigh Group Entertainment will provide revenue earning opportunities for the film maker at each screening of said film at events after the Eastern NC Film Festival has concluded for that year.

Each entry is required to include a 3 sentence log line to describe the film and provide any warnings (such as, adult themes, nudity, language violence, etc...)

Non-English speaking films must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

Please do not send press kits or any other print materials until they are requested by the festival staff.

RULES & TERMS for Screenwriting Competition

In order to be eligible for submission:
Call For Entries will end on July 14, 2017 at 11:55 pm (EST)
Winner will be announced at the 2017 Asheville Film Festival.
$30 Entry Fee

Eligibility
Submitted scripts must be original screenplays, and the sole property of the applicant(s).
All ages are eligible.
All entries must be in English.
Screenplays must be no more than 10 pages in length. Absolutely no exceptions.
There is no limit to the number of screenplays you may submit.
All entries must be uploaded in PDF format.
Screenplays will not be returned.
If a submitted screenplay becomes optioned, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, that screenplay will no longer be eligible.
Competition judges, employees of the Asheville Film Festival, Kaleigh Group Entertainment or Indie Spotlight Network, past and present, and their immediate friends and families, are not eligible to enter.
Screenplays, including outlines, treatments, pitches, log lines or any developmental material related to screenplay, that have previously won any contest, competition, grant, lab, fellowship, mentorship, reading or award of any kind, are not eligible.
Screenplays submitted under a pen name will be immediately disqualified.
Screenplay titles cannot be changed upon resubmission under any circumstances.

All submissions are received through www.filmfreeway.com.

By entering your script for consideration for the 2017 Asheville Film Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Additionally, you agree that your script does not violate any copyright laws. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2017 Asheville Film Festival.

Each entry understands that submitting a script does not ensure that the script will be chosen as an "Official Selection". A selection committee will review each script to ensure that it meets the rules and guidelines listed here. If all rules and guidelines are met your script will then be an Official selection and forwarded for the judging process.

Each entry understands that submitting a script does not ensure that the script will be chosen as an "Official Selection". Only "Official Selection" scripts will be read by the judges.

Each "Official Selection" understands that the judges will vote their choice. All of the judges’ scores will be added together. The official selection with the highest combined score will win. Nominees for each award will be posted on the website and social media pages prior to the event on September 15, 2017.

Each entry is required to pay a submission fee of $30 by the deadline.

The winner understands and gives permission to the Film Fest Director, Kaleigh Group Entertainment, Indie Spotlight Network and their subsidiaries to provide the production process for your turning your script into a film. Red Carpet and distribution opportunities will be made available as well..

Each entry is required to include a 3 sentence log line to describe the script and provide any warnings (such as, adult themes, nudity, language violence, etc...)

All scripts must be submitted in English.

SELECTION & NOTIFICATION
All entries will be read by the selection committee. The Festival will make no cuts or changes. Official Festival selections will be announced on or around July 21, 2017. All Official Selection entrants will be notified by email. Official Selection script Titles and author name will be posted on our website. The festival does not pay rental fees for submitted work.

By entering your script for consideration for the 2017 Asheville Film Festival Screenwriting Contest, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Additionally, you agree that your script does not violate any copyright laws. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2017 Eastern NC Film Festival and through the distribution channels of Kaleigh Group Entertainment.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Asheville Film Festival, Kaleigh Group Entertainment, Indie Spotlight Network and any other agents, owners and employees of said entities 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.)

MAILING ADDRESS
Submit by mail:
Asheville Film Festival
PO Box 1323
Winterville, NC 28590
All submissions that become “Official Selections” will automatically be eligible to receive distribution services from Kaleigh Group Entertainment.

Festival Date, September 16, 2017
FILM SUBMISSION DEADLINE July 14, 2017. ($20 entry fee per entry, non-refundable)
SCREENWRITING SUBMISSION DEADLINE July 14, 2017. ($30 entry fee per entry, non-refundable)

SHIPPING
Cost of shipping is the responsibility of the entrant. DVDs must be sent to the festival prepaid. C.O.D.'S will be refused. All DVD's must be labeled with the title of the entry, running time, genre, viewer warnings and the name of the director. The festival cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit.

Please note: Do not use registered or certified mail. Use First class, Priority, Airmail or Media Mail. FedEx, UPS and DHL is not accepted.

RETURN OF SUBMISSION DISCS AND SCRIPTS
We strongly encourage you to only send materials you do not wish to have returned, it's cheaper and easier for all involved. Please do not send us masters, originals, your only copy, etc. Videos and scripts will not be returned.

By entering your film or script for consideration for the 2017 Asheville Film Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Additionally, you agree that your film does not violate any copyright laws. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2017 Asheville Film Festival and through the distribution channels of Kaleigh Group Entertainment.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Asheville Film Festival, Kaleigh Group Entertainment, Indie Spotlight Network and any other agents, owners and employees of said entities 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 or scripts entered.)

7 Reviews

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    Tom Gore

    Great venue, in a beautiful area. Open communications allow for a positive experience.

    September 2017
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    Brynna Robinson

    This festival was my first acceptance for my student film. I could not be more unhappy with how it played out. There was 0 communication. I called, emailed, facebook messaged, regarding where to send my DVD's and in what format and some other questions. No response. I found the address on filmfreeway and sent them in. They were sent back to me two days before the festival! I don't even know if my film actually showed. It was to the point where I began to wonder if somehow the festival was a hoax. I planned on attending but since the DVDs were sent back I cancelled my plans to drive to Asheville. I wasted my money on entry fee, DVD's, and mailing them there. What a disappointment for my first ever film festival acceptance. The photos don't look like I missed anything. Wish I could give 0 stars. If reviews are giving them stars on communication then they must be employees or related to the festival somehow. Do not waste your money submitting.

    October 2017
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    Robert Phillips

    The location of the festival in beautiful downtown Asheville drew me to apply to this festival. Though I read some of the lukewarm reviews from the previous year, I figured that a festival just finding itself would make some substantive adjustments, so I was excited by our selection. Prior to composing this review, I reread the reviews from last year, and I'm sad to report that my experience is virtually identical to David Weintraub's from a year earlier. There was clearly an effort to reach out to the press because I noticed some social media sharing of news items about the fest, which is evidently an improvement from last year. On the AB Tech campus, which is a very attractive community college campus, there was little to no signage, save a handwritten note that read "Film Fest" taped to an exterior window of an AB Tech building, and I saw no posters or signage outside the venues. I'm sympathetic to the expense of generating signage, but it is so important for patrons trying to navigate unfamiliar terrain. There may also have been a hospitality room, though I wasn't directed toward it, and there were some seminars for filmmakers that I missed out on that may have helped me with networking. However, if there was a designated location or hospitality room where filmmakers were gathered, it wouldn't have been possible to easily distinguish filmmakers from patrons from staff. Most festivals offer some sort of wearable credential that allows you to quickly identify a person's role in the festival, which is absolutely necessary for strangers to mingle and connect. The perfectly nice folks at check in handed me a "Filmmaker Pass" on card stock, cut into the shape of a ticket, which frankly doesn't function as an appropriate credential. As I moved from check-in, the screenings were all scheduled in various community college classrooms in one building, which is fine by the way, and our screening, which was attended by no one, was in well-appointed auditorium that could easily seat more than a hundred. Sadly, I was the only one in that auditorium. For a town that loves and embraces the arts, I was stunned by the poor attendance, which was amplified by the choice to screen too many films at the exact same time. Though all festivals use this strategy to some extent, there's usually enough patrons to avoid empty screening rooms. I'm deeply disappointed by a missed opportunity to connect with a new audience, and I hope that the festival organizers make some significant adjustments to how they promote, publicize, organize, and build community partnerships. The town and the venue go a long way toward making this festival attractive and successful, but nothing can replace eager patrons ready to share a screening experience. I wish the organizers all the best as they move forward with their planning for next year.

    September 2017
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    Craig Nachsin

    The positives:
    Ron picked a beautiful campus to showcase the film festival. To see my film played in an auditorium of quality was really enjoyable.
    So many smaller festivals don't have the right facility. This was not the case here. I would give the location a 10 out of 10. Ron was also very accessible. He always answered my calls and seemed to take pride in the festival's location and had a sincere passion for film and people.
    It's really hard for me to evaluate how much effort was given in the promotion of the festival.
    The negatives:
    The festival had such a small turn out. While I was in the town of Asheville, I didn't feel any vibe about the festival. I don't want to be overly harsh here which I can see why some people would be. It felt like such a waste of a beautiful festival location because so few were there.
    The bottom line: I'm glad that I got to see my film up on the big screen again, but I was disappointed with the lack of attendance.

    Suggestion: Ron, you were a pleasure to work with, If you have another one, which I think you should, please be sure to have it at the same place and do whatever you can to get those seats filled. I really think you can have a great festival here, just need to get the word out there.

    October 2016
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    Suzin Daly

    First year festival, everyone worked hard to be helpful. Very friendly festival and being in Asheville is a plus. Great excuse to do a mini vacation as well as attend the festival. I recommend that those thinking for next year, book early to get the best price. Easier to cancel than get a room last minute.

    October 2016