The 28th annual Cucalorus Film Festival will showcase 136 independent and international films featuring festival faves The Pez Outlaw and premieres like Zoo Lock Down and Pinball – the Man Who Saved the Game.  Click here for more…

Darwin's Smile

Isabella Rossellini returns to Wilmington to perform her new one-woman show Darwin’s Smile at Thalian Hall. The show is a lesson on evolution and acting, in her usual comical tone exploring the mysterious nature of animals and their emotions.


A cherished festival tradition, Dance-a-lorus pushes boundaries by pairing filmmakers and choreographers for a mutual exploration of cinema and dance for a kinetic feast of innovation and entertainment.

What is Cucalorus?

The Cucalorus Film Festival takes place in Wilmington, North Carolina every November for five days of new indie films, paired with bold performances and deep discussions about justice and the future. Cucalorus brings together bold, emerging creatives to share stories that challenge us to look at the world in new ways.

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The 28th annual Cucalorus Film Festival takes place November 16-20, 2022 in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. The non-competitive festival showcases more than 90 films from all over the world. Filmmakers, performers, activists, and community members come to celebrate the art-form and discover new work. Festival programs focus on social justice, dance on camera, emerging voices, southern stories, horror & the bizarre, and the finest indie films of the year.

Festival Passes

Pegasorus Pass | $250

Festival Tickets

General Admission | starting at $15