50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2019

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Cucalorus Film Festival

Wilmington, North Carolina / November 13-17, 2019 / cucalorus.org

The charming river town of Wilmington plays a central role in the genial vibe at Cucalorus, which producers consider more a creative retreat than a festival. Throw in spirited social gatherings and you have a festival that the producers say, “We think of it more like a summer camp.” The festival is filmmaker-centric, as exemplified by its residency program, which offers retreats from 10 days to three weeks to help filmmakers develop new work. Adding to the collegial feel is that the festival is award-free, an attempt to eliminate “hierarchies” according to the festival producers. As a testament to the positive energy, festival producers point to a strong bond with alumni, who often return. Premieres included John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm (U.S. premiere) and Nick Westfall’s 8 Slices (world premiere).

Charleston, NC hip-hop group Langston Hughes III performs at the Visual/Sound/Walls Lounge, Cucalorus Film Festival 2019’s interactive music, comedy, performance, and drinking venue. Photograph by Viet Nguyen, courtesy of Cucalorus Film Festival

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  1. Tommy

    April 25, 2019 at 11:13 am

    No film festivals of diversity, not event the American Black Film Festival? Disappointing!

  2. Lucifer

    April 24, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    SDUFF is the best!!!

  3. Ryan Betschart

    April 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    San Diego Underground Film Festival!!!!! YAY!!!

    • Ron Tucker

      April 24, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      I can assure you that the Beaufort International Film Festival held each February in Beaufort, SC is well worth the entry fee. See the recap here -https://vimeo.com/321820933

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