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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. 

About the Festival

The 21st annual Cucalorus Film Festival and CONNECT Conference takes place November 11-15, 2015 in downtown 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, 2015." 

Cucalorus is a multi-disciplinary arts organization supporting emerging and innovative creative professionals through our annual film festival, a residency program, a summer camp for teen filmmakers, a micro-cinema, and an extensive community engagement program. More than 20 years in the making, Cucalorus has since grown into one of the largest film festivals in the South. More than 200 films screen each year at venues all over downtown Wilmington, attracting a large number of participating artists (300+) and thousands of fans and industry professionals (accumulated attendance in 2014 was 15,743). Festival programs focus on dance, music videos, emerging artists, social justice, works-in-progress, and international cinema. Cucalorus education and outreach programs include Global Perspectives, Works-in-Progress Lab, Latino Lens, Media Literacy, and Racial Rewind. Cucalorus is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on funds from individuals, businesses, and grants to fund its annual celebration.

This year, Cucalorus is diving into the world of venture capital and entrepreneurship with Cucalorus CONNECT. Integrated into the overall film festival, CONNECT has 50+ events from keynotes, to panels, workshops and endless parties.  


Press Contacts

For Film Festival:  Zoë VanDerPloeg,, 757-871-6506

For CONNECT Conference:  Margee Herring,, 910-233-2466


Cucalorus 21 Press Passes

To apply for press credentials, please email and someone from our team will be in touch shortly.


Cucalorus 2015 Downloads

Classic Cucalorus Logo

          Transparent / B&W / 300 dpi / PNG (with real sugar from canes)

          B&W / 300 dpi / JPEG (gluten free)

CONNECT Conference Logo

          Transparent / B&W / 300 dpi / PNG

          B&W / 300 dpi / JPEG

Cucalorus Film Festival 21

          Cucalorus Film Festival Postcard

          CONNECT Postcard

          Cucalorus At-A-Glance (Program info and festival stats)


Stills (300dpi) Downloads - Cucalorus 21

Narrative Features

A Light Beneath Their Feet


Booger Red

He Hated Pigeons 

Henry Gamble's Birthday Party

It Had to Be You 

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet 

Lace Crater

Men & Chicken

Tired Moonlight

Welcome to Happiness

Waffle Street

Documentary Features

Above and Below

The Anthropologist

Chairman Jones - An Improbable Leader

Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck

Sailing a Sinking Sea



Welcome to Leith

Wilmington on FIre


In the News

Star News:  Cucalorus Countdown: What to See at the 21st Annual Festival

NCArts:  Cucalorus Film Festival Features Inaugural CONNECT Conference

ExitEvent: Can Cucalorus Create a SxSW Experience in Wilmington?

WWAY TV Cucalorus Film Festival Starts Next Week

WECT TV Cucalorus Film Festival Adds Business, Entrepreneurship to the Mix

Hyperstarter: Introducing Cucalorus CONNECT, 5 days Celebrating Tech and Entrepreneurship

Greater Wilmington Bus Jrnl:  At 21, Cucalorus Aims to Look Forward with Focus on Business and Film

Greater Wilmington Bus Jrnl: Cucalorus Unveils Highlights of New Startup Focused Conference

Greater Wilmington Bus Jrnl:  Cucalorus Announces Second 10x10 Filmmaking Challenge

Port City Daily:  Tech Leaders Innovative Businesses Appear Cucalorus CONNECT

Greater Wilmington Bus Jrnl: Cucalorus Plans Startup Connection 2015

Star News:  Cucalorus Connects With Entrepreneurs

Port City Daily: Cucalorus Launches Business Conference Alongside Film Fest

MovieMaker Magazine: 2014 Year-End Film Festivities 

Indiewire: How the Cucalorus Film Festival Survived 20 Years


Past Press Releases

Cucalorus Announces 2015 Fest and Conference Lineup

Cucalorus Announces Early Selections for 2015 Festival

Cucalorus Connect Brings the Art of Business to Film Fest

Cucalorus Seeks Surf/Aquatic Films for Surfalorus Film Fest

MovieMaker Magazine Names Cucalorus One of the Coolest Film Festivals in the World

Cucalorus Screens SELMA at Portia Hines Park, Wilmington