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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Charlotte Film Festival provides a cultural hub for established and emerging film-artists to showcase their works to the region’s top producers, peers, investors and viewers. Over the years, the Festival has continued to grow, attracting filmmakers locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally as well as festival-goers and enthusiasts from Charlotte, North Carolina, and nearby states.
Charlotte Cinema Arts
The Charlotte Film Festival is coordinated by Charlotte Cinema Arts, a 501© 3 non-profit organization with a mission to promote cinematic works of all kinds in and around the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area
Movies, by the Numbers
We typically receive over 250 entries per festival and from that screen about 60 films in 7 days
What We Show
Our categories range from feature length documentaries and narratives to shorts and student films, with horror, comedy, dramady, mockumentary, melodrama, and everything else in between; we just push ourselves to discover different every year
In 2005 Louis Gurgitano developed his nonprofit, Indie Film Force, to cultivate film happenings in Charlotte, NC. The next year, the Charlotte Film Festival took place under his organization and leadership. Since then, the Festival has grown and changed, but what has remained true is our dedication to both filmmakers and audiences to provide the highest quality festival experience in Charlotte, NC.
Oh, the places we've screened!
The Festival has screened at venues all over Charlotte, including the Levine Museum of the New South, the Mint Museum, the Epi Center Theaters, Park Road theaters, Ballantyne theaters, and more.
We Get By with a Little Help From Our Friends
The Charlotte Film Festival has also partnered with a myriad of local businesses, organizations, and nonprofits (including but not limited to): the Arts and Science Council, Charlotte Jewish Film Festival, UNC Charlotte, The Light Factory, Gay Charlotte Film Festival, and the Charlotte Public Library
The Charlotte Film Festival has also served as a cultural connection to our sister city in Germany: Mecklenburg, having officially participated in several Mecklenburg Exchange
Festivals (so far)
Satisfied Movie Lovers per Festival
Pints of Blood, Sweat, and Tears
Submit Your Film
The 7th Charlotte Film Festival will take place in late September 2015.
SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
The Charlotte Film Festival is committed to rewarding independent movie makers everywhere whom, despite their challenges and restrictions, are able to produce movies rich with stories that not only entertain but also touch us on a deeply human level. Our last year we screened 69 films in five categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Student Film.
Submissions for the 2015 Festival will open January 1, 2015 exclusively through FilmFreeway.
Our criteria for selecting films for competition is as follows:
Documentaries (features and shorts):
- Representation of original ideas
- Importance and relevance of the subject matter
- Objective treatment of the subject matter
- Creative use of the medium as an art
Narrative-style films (including animations, features and shorts):
- Representation of original ideas
- Creative use of the medium as an art
- Strength of the story and acting
- Innovative use of the available technology
How to Enter
Entry Deadlines and Fees
NOTE: All deadlines are “Received By” deadlines. They indicate the dates that films must be DELIVERED BY, either at our post office box or at our office address. No exceptions. No deadline waivers. Entry fees are non-refundable.
|Early bird Deadline – Feb. 28, 2015||Regular Fee||Filmmakers living in NC/SC|
|Narrative & Documentary Features||$40||$30|
|Narrative, Animated & Documentary Shorts||$30||$20|
|Regular Deadline – April 30, 2015||Regular Fees||Filmmakers living in NC/SC|
|Narrative & Documentary Features||$50||$40|
|Narrative, Animated & Documentary Shorts||$40||$30|
|Late Deadline – June 30, 2015||Regular Fees||Filmmakers living in NC/SC|
|Narrative & Documentary Features||$60||$50|
|Narrative, Animated & Documentary Shorts||$50||$40|
|Extended Deadline – July 31, 2011||Regular Fee||Filmmakers living in NC/SC|
|Narrative & Documentary Features||$75||$65|
|Narrative, Animated & Documentary Shorts||$65||$55|
No admissions accepted after July 31st.
1. Submission starts and deadline dates: Open on January 1st, 2015. Early deadline for entries is
February 28, 2015. Regular deadline is April 30, 2015. Late deadline is June 30, 2015. The
extended deadline is July 31, 2015.
2. All deadlines are RECEIVED-BY deadlines. They indicate the dates that films must be
DELIVERED BY or UPLOADED either online, at our post office box or at our office address.
3. Entry fees are non-refundable.
4. Any Preview DVD/Blu Ray copies must be submitted on NTSC DVD (Region 0, Region 1).
However, please note that all categories accept secure online screeners through the FilmFreeway
online submission website.
5. Exhibition copies format varies according to the category of the selected film. See specific
categories for details.
6. A completed entry form and appropriate fee (payable to Charlotte Cinema Arts in U.S. dollars
only) must accompany your entry.
7. Neither preview nor exhibition copies of entries will be returned, unless accompanied by a self-
addressed stamped envelope. North Carolina and South Carolina filmmakers will receive a discount
on their submission fee – please contact the Programming Director for details.
8. Eligible works must have been completed after July 2014 and must not have been publicly
screened in the Charlotte, North Carolina area prior to the 2015 festival dates.
9. Accepted running times are as follows:
NARRATIVE and DOCUMENTARY FEATURES: 50 minutes or longer
NARRATIVE and DOCUMENTARY SHORTS: 49 minutes or shorter
10. Works in Progress are accepted only if submitted by the regular deadline. ‘Work in Progress’ or
‘Rough Cut’ must be clearly marked. The final cut must be RECEIVED by June 30, 2015. Entry fees
will not be refunded for entries that fail to submit a final cut by the required date.
11.Projects in a foreign language must have English subtitles prior to submission.
12. IF SUBMITTING DVD or BLU RAY COPIES, YOU MUST SUBMIT 2 DVD COPIES OF EACH
FILM ENTERED FOR CONSIDERATION. We will not replace your original entry with an upgraded
version after the deadline, unless your film is selected for exhibition.
13. All exhibition copies for accepted films must be received by September 4th, 2015 for inclusion in
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Please read carefully the following terms and conditions in connection
with your submitted entry materials to the Charlotte Film Festival. Submission of your film (either
online or in hard copy format) acknowledges acceptance of the General Rules and Terms and
Conditions of the Charlotte Film Festival:
1. I/We attest that I/we have read and understand and complied with the General Rules of the
Festival, that I/we am/are the sole owner(s) of legal right and title thereto have absolute authority to
submit the Material to the Festival.
2. I/we understand that by submitting said Material, I/we authorize the Festival to exhibit the Material
during the 2015 Festival dates, if the Material is selected for exhibition by the Festival.
3. I/we will indemnify and hold harmless the Festival, its organizers, judges, sponsors, and partners,
individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities
and expenses including legal expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, or
third party claims based on Material submitted to the Festival.
4. I/we understand that the Festival is not responsible for any type of damage to or loss of the
Material while it is in the Festival’s possession, or while en route to or from the Festival, and I/we
release the Festival, its organizers, judges, sponsors, and partners, individually and collectively, from
any and all liabilities regarding damage to or loss of the Material while en route to or from the
Festival or while in its possession.
5. I/We agree that any dispute arising between me/us and the Festival shall be subject to binding
arbitration pursuant to the then effective Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration
Association. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award all appropriate relief, including equitable
or injunctive relief; provided, however, that the arbitrator is not authorized to award punitive
damages. The award issued by any such arbitrator may be entered and confirmed as a judgment in
any court of competent jurisdiction. The state with jurisdiction over any disputes relating to this
agreement is North Carolina, and the sole location for proper venue is Charlotte, North Carolina.
6. Selection into the 2015 Charlotte Film Festival will permit the Festival to use their name, and/or
likeness & publicity stills, film or video footage, title, and logline of Material, in pre & post-competition
publicity & promotional efforts. This may include additional post festival screenings and events.
7. The Festival may, at its own discretion, transfer the submitted Material to a compilation DVD for
Festival screening and the resulting DVD may be used for Festival promotional purposes. However,
said compilations are not sold or distributed by the Festival.
8. Should Material win one or more awards “Award(s)” at the Festival, I/we am/are authorized and/or
empowered by all parties legally representing Material to name the individual(s) listed on the Award
Designation List to receive any and all Award(s). If Material is eligible for Award(s) and no one was
designated to accept it/them, the Award will be deemed forfeit and another award winner will be
JURIED “In Competition” Awards
Best Narrative Feature $300
Best Documentary Feature $300
Best Short Film $200
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Short Film
Become a Sponsor
Sponsorship at the Charlotte Film Festival is a powerful marketing tool with innovative and unique packages custom-designed to support your company’s business objectives and to align your company’s name, image, products, and services with our influential and highly receptive participants. Each sponsor is afforded the opportunity to personalize a key element of the Festival, or as a lead sponsor, to enjoy festival-wide exposure, and to interact directly with festival attendees and filmmakers.