Wilmington Film Festivals

With more than 400 film and television credits over the last 35 years to its name, Wilmington supports several notable film festivals every year. These marquee events—headlined by the one-of-a-kind Cucalorus Festival every November—draw filmmakers, critics and cinephiles from around the world to this film-friendly city known affectionately as "Hollywood East."


Established as a small local film festival in 1994, the Cucalorus Festival has grown into one of the largest film festivals in the South and has been dubbed "One of the coolest film festivals in the world" by MovieMaker Magazine three years running.

Now more than just a film festival, Cucalorus is a multi-disciplinary arts organization supporting emerging and innovative creative professionals through the annual November film festival, a residency program, a summer camp for teen filmmakers, a community cinema and an extensive community engagement program.

North Carolina Black Film Festival

Since 2001, Tthe North Carolina Black Film Festival has celebrated fine film from the African-American community. This four-day juried and invitational festival continues to grow every year and features independent motion pictures, as well as shorts, animations and documentaries that celebrate African-American culture.

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival

The annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival features a week full of films by some of today's most influential Jewish filmmakers. This popular event aims to entertain through cinematic arts, inspire appreciation for the various forms of Jewish identity and to foster a warm sense of community.

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival

Filmmakers and film lovers flock to the annual Cape Fear Independent Film Festival in downtown Wilmington each June to view the freshest independent works. The festival showcases local, regional, national and international films in all genres. Awards are given in 10 categories.