A free-to-attend film festival . . . that highlights the best of state, regional, and international short- and feature-length documentary and narrative films . . . in a place that recognizes filmmakers and film fans do make history—this is Longleaf!

The North Carolina Museum of History is home base for this festival that celebrates the vibrant community of independent film in our state and beyond.

Exploring historic and contemporary stories from the state, the country, and the world through narrative and documentary movies, the 3rd annual Longleaf Film Festival will take place on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Longleaf Film Festival 2017 continues the celebration of storytelling through film that is central to our understanding of the world around us. As a place that connects people, stories, and history, we believe that the North Carolina Museum of History is in a unique position for showcasing films from everywhere. Of course, we hold near and dear those films with a Tar Heel Tie-In.

Awards & Prizes

All festival submissions are eligible for the $500 Judges’ Choice award.

All films made in North Carolina are eligible for the $500 Made-in-NC award (filmmakers must present documentation of their North Carolina filming location(s) with their submission to be considered).

All films NOT made in North Carolina are eligible for the $500 Yonder award.

All films entered in the Middle and High School Student Film category are eligible for the $500 Best Student-Made Film (students are required to provide a photocopy of their student ID, a recent grade report, or current schedule for documentation purposes).

In addition, let us know about your Tar Heel Tie-In: Were you born in the Tar Heel State or did you go to school here? Does your family live here? Leading actor a North Carolinian? Or, do you have another special connection to the Tar Heel State? Reveal your Tar Heel Tie-In when you submit your film.

Narrative Feature
Entries in the Narrative Feature category must be between 50 and 90 minutes in length. The category is open to all genres.

One prize will be awarded for each of the following subcategories:
Horror/Sci-Fi
Comedy
Drama
Overall

Documentary Feature
Entries in the Documentary Feature category must be between 50 and 90 minutes in length.

One prize will be awarded for each of the following subcategories:
Best Historical
Overall

Narrative Short
Entries in the Narrative Short category must be between 1 and 49 minutes in length. The category is open to all genres.

One prize will be awarded for each of the following subcategories:
Horror/Sci-Fi
Comedy
Drama
Overall

Documentary Short
Entries in the Documentary Short category must be between 1 and 49 minutes in length.

One prize will be awarded for each of the following subcategories:
Best Historical
Overall

Middle and High School Student Film
Entries in the Middle and High School Student Film category must be between 1 and 20 minutes in length. The category is open to all genres. For this category, films must have been produced between January 1, 2016, and March 1, 2017.

Films in this category must be primarily written, filmed, and produced by students currently enrolled in middle and/or high school. Filmmakers submitting to this category must include a photocopy of their student ID, a recent grade report, or current schedule for documentation purposes.

One prize will be awarded for each of the following subcategories:
Best Narrative
Best Documentary

Rules & Terms

GENERAL RULES
Longleaf Film Festival has five main categories for entry:

Narrative Feature (between 50 and 90 minutes total running time);
Narrative Short (between 1 and 49 minutes total running time);
Documentary Feature (between 50 and 90 minutes total running time);
Documentary Short (between 1 and 49 minutes total running time);
Middle and High School Student Film (between 1 and 20 minutes total running time).

Longleaf Film Festival reserves the right to refuse films depicting excessive nudity and/or gore.
Longleaf Film Festival holds no responsibility for lost films.
Longleaf Film Festival does not pay screening fees.
With the exception of student films (see that category), films submitted for the festival must have been made between January 1, 2014, and March 1, 2017.
Longleaf Film Festival reserves the right to not make an award in the genre categories.

Once a submission is accepted to the festival, a digital screening version of the film and a press kit must be provided to the Longleaf Film Festival. Contents of the press kit must include:
 Still photos of the production (digital)
 Photo of the director (digital)

GENERAL TERMS and CONDITIONS
I (the entrant) have read and agree to all Longleaf Film Festival rules and procedures. Further, I warrant that I am the owner of the submission; I have not infringed upon or violated any copyright, privacy rights, or publicity or similar rights; I have obtained all rights, licenses, or necessary permissions thereto; I will indemnify the Longleaf Film Festival against any claims related to this submission; I will hold the Longleaf Film Festival harmless for any damages, costs, liabilities, and expenses related to the submission, screening, and use of this entry; I limit and liquidate all claims to no more than the cost of the entry fee; and I expressly grant the Longleaf Film Festival permission to use, broadcast, or publicly display clips of the submission (or its film or sound components) for publicity, teaching, and other related purposes.

Signature of Acknowledgment: ___________________________________________________________
Date of Acknowledgment: ________________________________________________________________

SPECIAL AWARDS CONSIDERATION
____ Please consider my entry for best Tar Heel Tie-In, and here’s why:
____ Please consider my entry for the Made-in-NC award; include proof of the film’s shooting location, or provide other information, for documentation purposes, below:
____ Please consider my entry for the Middle and High School Student Film category; attach a photocopy of student ID, recent grade report, or current schedule for documentation purposes.

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    Evan Kidd

    Longleaf is the kind of festival all us filmmakers want to attend. Not only do they treat you well and with respect they go out of their way to get you into the panels and allow you to make your festival experience truly well rounded. Come for both great North Carolina and world films! Loved screening my feature film Son of Clowns there this past year and would easily submit and recommend again to others out there.

    May 2016
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    Dylan Crumpler

    An excellent way to experience my first film festival. The festival staff was very welcoming and informative. I was always kept up to date with emails but not too often as to spam my inbox. Also, I was impressed that the popcorn butter was dairy free (I cannot have dairy, so this is important to me)!

    May 2016
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    Bradley Bethel

    Sally Bloom and the rest of the staff have done an excellent job organizing this festival, and I have no doubt this will become a festival that sells out its tickets before long.

    May 2016
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    Michael Raab

    Sally and her cohorts did a fine job at the Longleaf. They were well organized, polite, helpful and made everything run very smoothly. For it being only the second year, it was very impressive.

    The only complaint I have is small. Why are festival t-shirts all bright yellow this year? CFIFF shirts were all bright yellow, too. Most of us filmmakers are sloppy and spill and need shirts that don't show this. I bought last year's Longleaf tee because it was green.

    May 2016
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    Andrew Huggins

    Excellent festival! As a filmmaker, I was treated with great hospitality. Very well organized and efficient.

    May 2016