The 27th annual Cucalorus Film Festival will showcase over 90 independent and international films with a focus on supporting films directed by women and Black filmmakers.


Performances at the Cucalorus Film Festival include the return of festival favorites like Dance-a-lorus, Visual Sound Walls, and Bus to Lumberton. Additional performances take place before film screenings and at parties during the event.


Conversations at Cucalorus focus on themes around social justice in the film industry and beyond. Previous speakers include Damon Young, Dorian Emerson, and Kim Pevia among many others.

Cucalorus lands on Top 50 list

  CUCALORUS NAMED ONE OF MOVIEMAKER’S 50 FILM FESTIVALS WORTH THE ENTRY FEE April 28, 2021 – MovieMaker Magazine announced that Cucalorus Film Festival has been named one of MovieMaker’s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2021, a year that nearly everyone...

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What is Cucalorus?

Cucalorus is a non-competitive festival focused on supporting innovative artists and encouraging creative exchange. The festival is held each November in historic downtown Wilmington, North Carolina with screenings of more than 300 films from around the world.


2nd Wednesday of Every Month

Via Zoom, is totally free, and is presented by UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in partnership with the Cucalorus Film Foundation.