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Submit a Film to Cucalorus

The Cucalorus Film Festival showcases bold and innovative new works in cinema. Submissions are accepted all year and almost anything goes. There are not time limits or specific genres for film submissions – if you make it, we take it – from features to shorts, music videos, web series, tv commercials, branded content and beyond. Films should have been completed within the past two years. Films with world premieres before November 2016 are not eligible.

Follow these simple instructions to submit your film!

Complete an entry form on:

  • Online Entry Form + Pay an Entry Fee on Paypal [These are non-refundable. But residents of Wilmington submit for FREE!]
  • FilmFreeway
  • Withoutabox
  • Send in a Late Night Bathroom Selfie to programming at cucalorus dot org [yes we’re serious, have fun with it!!]
  • Feel free to send bribes. We welcome and encourage them 🙂
  • Be aware that there are no exceptions to these deadlines or fees, except when we make exceptions!

Submissions made through Film Freeway, Withoutabox or our online form 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.

For some more detailed information about our programs, check out our submission guidelines.



  • Early Submissions Deadline: June 1
  • Regular Submission Deadline: June 22
  • Late Submission Deadline: July 13
  • Cucalorus Festival: Nov 8-12