The 23rd annual Cucalorus Film Festival takes place November 8-12, 2017 in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. The non-competitive festival showcases more than 300 films from all over the world and attracts an accumulated audience of 17,800 cultural travelers who come to celebrate the art-form and connect with peers. The festival's spirited celebration has been recognized as a breeding ground for young artists, new ideas and future collaborations.
Festival programs focus on dance, music videos, emerging artists, social justice, works-in-progress, and international cinema. Voted "One of the Coolest Film Festivals in the World" (MovieMaker Magazine 2013, 2014, 2015), Cucalorus creates an opportunity for intimate engagement between audience and artist through the festival’s retreat-like atmosphere, resulting in friendships that extend far beyond the festival’s 5-day celebration.
Awards & Prizes
Unlike many film festivals, Cucalorus does not give out awards, preferring instead to foster and support the growth of independent film in a non-competitive environment. At Cucalorus, we focus on breaking down artificial boundaries in order to strengthen the connection between artist and audience.
“Bold, insightful programming, a laid-back rock and roll atmosphere and gorgeous seaside locale no doubt contribute to the ‘summer camp for filmmakers’ vibe, making Cucalorus the best kept secret on the indie fest circuit.” - MovieMaker Magazine
Rules & Terms
Entries to Cucalorus are accepted on a year-round basis. Cucalorus accepts films from all genres by filmmakers of all backgrounds. If you make it, we'll take it.
1. Completed entry form for each submission via FilmFreeway (screener links only, NO DVD's)
2. The applicable entry fee paid via FilmFreeway.
3. Send us a late night bathroom selfie. (**disclaimer** - we may post this on social media!!) Yes, we're serious. Have fun with it!
Please send all packages, checks, toys, baby goats, receipts and films to:
815 Princess Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Exceptions, Payments and Refunds
There are no exceptions to these deadlines or fees, except when we make exceptions!
Please make all fees payable to Cucalorus.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
There are no entry fees for residents of the City of Wilmington.
Bribes are welcomed and encouraged.
Cucalorus endorses reckless behavior, generally.