24th Annual

Cucalorus Film Festival

November 07, 2018 to November 11, 2018

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815 Princess Street
Wilmington NC 28401
Phone: 910-343-5995
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Anything goes at Cucalorus! You make it, we watch it. Submissions made through our online form or through Withoutabox are considered for a wide range of festival programs focusing on emerging and innovative filmmakers, North Carolina artists, social justice, student films, films by youth, shorts, and international cinema. The festival strives to showcase diverse, international artists of all ages, genders, races, economics, hairstyles, religions, and backgrounds.
The Works-in-Progress Lab (WiP) focuses on strengthening community impact of documentaries about social justice and supporting the development of African American filmmakers. Cucalorus accepts submissions from African-American filmmakers working on social justice documentaries at various stages in the production process. WiP supports filmmakers through developing engagement strategies through an immersive residency, taking place before and during Cucalorus Film Festival. Filmmakers receive extensive community feedback during a week of screenings, workshops, and outreach. The 2017 program will showcase five projects and provide direct financial support to filmmakers through honorariums, travel stipends, lodging, airfare and rental fees. WiP includes community engagement events, public and private screenings, impact strategy sessions, and one-on-one consultations.
Music Videos
Visual / Sound / Walls is a curated collection of mind-blowing music videos from all over this planet Earth. This eye-popping, ear-pleasuring immersive experience of music videos is projected onto a dozen screens at our opening party. How can you jump on this??? Just make a music video and send it to us. Booom. No really, send us your music video, we really really wanna see it.


Cucalorus brings people together to celebrate, discover and create. The annual festival provides a non-competitive environment to showcase and support filmmakers, artists, and entrepreneurs.


The 24th annual Cucalorus Festival takes place November 7-11, 2018 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 19,000 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), and "50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" (MovieMaker Magazine 2015, 2016, 2017), 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.


Becca Ederer (Communications Director); Dan Brawley (Director); Rachel Taylor (Programming Director)


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 (screener links only, NO DVDs!)

2. The applicable entry fee.

3. Send us a photo or drawing of the best thing in your closet (literal, figurative, dreamed up, criminal, etc.) Yes, we're serious. Have fun with it!
**disclaimer** - we may post this on social media!!



- There are almost no exceptions to these deadlines or fees, except when we make exceptions!
- Please make all fees payable to CUCALORUS.
- Foreign entry fees should be drawn on travelers checks in U.S. dollars, or international money orders.
- Entry fees are non-refundable.
- Cucalorus encourages irrational behavior, generally.