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What is a Cucalorus?

cuc•a•lor•us n., [orig. Gk. kukaloris, the dance of the shadows.]1. a film set apparatus placed in front of a light source to create a dappled lighting effect on a subject or background. also cookie, UK. gobo. 2. a film festival in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Cucalorus was founded in 1994 by the underground filmmaking collective Twinkle Doon. At the inaugural event, crowds wrapped around the block to see 16 local films screening at Water Street restaurant by the Cape Fear River. These days Cucalorus takes place every November, celebrating independent and international film for five days in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. MovieMaker Magazine recently recognized it as "One of the Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2013." 

The 20th annual Cucalorus Film Festival takes place November 12-16, 2014 in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. Known for its gorgeous riverside setting and its laid-back, rock n' roll atmosphere, the non-competitive festival showcases more than 200 films from all over the world and attracts an accumulated audience of 14,800 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 lifelong friendships. Festival programs focus on dance, music videos, emerging artists, social justice, works-in-progress, and international cinema. Passes are available at

2014 Cucalorus Press Passes

Bold, insightful programming, a laid-back rock and roll atmosphere and gorgeous seaside locale no doubt contribute to the ‘summer camp for filmmakers’ vibe, making Cucalorus the best kept secret on the indie fest circuit. — MOVIEMAKER Magazine

A festival for the rest of us. — TIME Magazine

Apply for your free press pass to receive priority seating and exclusive access to filmmakers, content, & private parties. For questions, contact Communications Manager, Ryan Jaccard.  

Festival Downloads

20th Anniversary Cucalorus Logo

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Classic Cucalorus Logo

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Cucalorus 20

          Call For Entries Postcard

Press Kit Downloads- Cucalorus 20

Narrative Features- Coming Fall 2014

Documentary Features- Coming Fall 2014  


Stills (300dpi) Downloads- Cucalorus 20

Narrative Features- Coming Fall 2014

Documentary Features- Coming Fall 2014  

Press Releases

Cucalorus 20, Martha De Laurentiis slated to hit the stage at Cucalorus 20, September 24, 2014

Cucalorus 20, Cucalorus Announces Compelling Line-up of Early Selections, September 9, 2014

Cucalorus 20, PNC & Cucalorus Announce Launch of Family Films Program for 20th Annual Fest, August 13, 2014

Cucalorus 20, Cucalorus Resident Shona Thomson Screens Scottish Archives, August 7, 2014

Cucalorus 20, Cucalorus Seeks Submissions for Dance Program, August 4, 2014

Cucalorus 20, Final Deadline, Submit your films for free by midnight, July 23, 2014

Cucalorus 20, Filmmaker Joanna Arnow Screens at Jengo's Playhouse, July 22, 2014

Cucalorus 20, Open Staff Positions for Cucalorus 20, July 16, 2014

Cucalorus 20, Cucalorus Seeks Film Submissions for Final Deadline, July 16, 2014

Cucalorus 20, Cucalorus Seeks Submissions for 20th Anniversary Festival, May 21, 2014

Cucalorus 20, Cucalorus Hires New Development Director

Cucalorus 20, Oscar Celebration Supports 20th Annual Festival

Cucalorus 19, Festival Breaks Box Office Records, November 19, 2013

Cucalorus 19, Festival Schedule Announced, October 22, 2013

Cucalorus 19, Works-In-Progress Announced, September 16, 2013

Cucalorus 19, Kickstarter Launch, September 6, 2013

Cucalorus 19, Early Selections Announced, August 29, 2013

Cucalorus 19, Early Passes On Sale, August 13, 2013

Surfalorus 2014, Endless Summer 50th Anniversary, July 18, 2013

Cucalorus 19 Local Call for Entries Release, May 30, 2013 

Cucalorus 19 Call for Entries Release, May 30, 2013

Camp Cucalorus Release, April 22, 2013

Graphic Designer Release, March 28, 2013

Finance Manager Release, March 28, 2013

Cucalorus 18 Post-Fest Release, November 12, 2012

Main Festival Release, October 18, 2012

Call For Entries Release, June 21, 2012

Cucalorus In The News- 2012

Spring 2012- MovieMaker Magazine- "Festival Beat: Cucalorus"

10/25/12- Lumina News- "Cu-ca-lor-us"

10/31/12- Encore Magazine- "The Cucs are Upon Us"

11/01/12- StarNews- "Sex, Madness, and Antipodes"

11/04/12- StarNews- "Strange Beauty"

11/05/12- Greater Wilmington Business Journal- "Sponsorships Fund Cucalorus growth, outreach"

11/07/12- Encore Magazine- Front Page

11/07/12- Encore Magazine- "By-The-Numbers: Cucalorus Festival Director Breaks Down the Film Fest"

11/07/12- Encore Magazine- "Snarling, fangled monster" (Film: 'Wolf')

11/07/12- Encore Magazine- "The Spirit of an Artist" (Film: 'God in My Fingers')

11/07/12- Encore Magazine- "Moment of Humanity" (Film: 'Between Friends and Family')

11/08/12- StarNews- "Opening this Week"

11/08/12- StarNews- "Tukel to raise a 'Red Flag'"

11/08/12- StarNews- "Film, dance merge for Dance-a-lorus"

11/10/12- StarNews- "Crazy for Cucalorus"

11/12/12- StarNews- "Cucalorus Wraps Up"

11/13/12- StarNews- "More Attendees to 2012 Cucalorus" 


Check out the Cucalorus blog for up to the minute festival updates and film-like pontifications.