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Festival Passes

Pegasorus Pass | $200

The Pegasorus Pass gains you full access to the 27th annual Cucalorus Film Festival. This means priority access to all film screenings, performances, conversations, parties, and other super-secret social events! All-access, all the time, November 10-14, 2021.

The Pegasorus Pass is still the easiest way to float through the festival, giving you access to all events without a ticket. Please make sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before each event begins to get a seat. We do not guarantee seats for late arriving passholders. Get your Pass now at www.cucalorus.org while they last.

You can pick up your pass at the lobby located in Thalian Hall.

Festival Tickets

General Admission | $10

Festival tickets give you access to an individual event at a specific date and time during the 27th annual Cucalorus Film Festival, November 10-14, 2021. All individual screening tickets are being sold through the Thalian Hall Box Office this year and their Spektrix ticketing system. For all your ticketing needs, please visit https://www.thalianhall.org/Cucalorus or call 910-632-2285. 

Music at Hi-Wire

General Admission | FREE


More Information

The 27th annual Cucalorus Film Festival takes place November 10-14, 2021 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. Voted ‘One of the Coolest Film Festivals in the World’ and ’50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,’ Cucalorus creates an opportunity for intimate engagement between audience and artist through the festival’s retreat-like atmosphere, resulting in friendships that extend far beyond the festival’s 5-day celebration.

Proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus is required to attend this year’s events. Masks will be required at all venues.

The Box Office is sponsored by TD Bank.






Where can I get tickets or passes to the festival?

You can buy tickets and passes to the festival online now at the Cucalorus box office

If you haven’t already received your pass, there are a few opportunities to grab it before the festival.

  • Pick up your pass from Cucalorus Headquarters anytime from now through Monday, Nov. 8. Our offices are in Wabi Sabi Warehouse located at 19 N 9th Street in Wilmington, and we’ll be open from 9a-5p Monday-Friday.
  • Pick up your pass from the Cucalorus TicketBox in Thalian Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 9 and Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 12pm-5pm. Thalian Hall is located at 310 Chestnut Street in Wilmington. When you walk into the lobby, the Cucalorus TicketBox is all the way to the left in the atrium. You can’t miss us!
  • Pick up your pass at the Kickoff Party at Hi-Wire Brewing. It’s going to be so fun, so you don’t want to miss it! We’ll have a pass station out front and this is a great time to grab yours. Hi-Wire is located at 1020 Princess Street in Wilmington.
  • Pick up your pass at the festival from the Cucalorus TicketBox in Thalian Hall. If you don’t grab it earlier, we’ll be there by 9am on Thursday morning and that’s where you can find us for the duration of the festival.


During the festival, tickets can be purchased at each venue on the day of the screening. Advance tickets for screenings can be purchased at the Thalian Hall Box Office (910-343-3664) or online at thalianhall.com

Do I need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend Cucalorus?
Pack your vaccine card, or snap a picture of it before heading out to the festival! We’ll have vaccination checkpoints in front of both our screening venues: Jengo’s Playhouse and Thalian Hall. You will need to present a digital or printed copy of your vaccine card, plus your photo ID, and in return we’ll give you a purple wristband to wear throughout the festival. You’ll need this wrist band to get into every event!! No worries if you have to remove it, you can always come back to the table for another one.
In addition to that purple wrist band, masks will be required at every indoor event throughout the festival.
What is the capacity at the venues?
Both Jengo’s Playhouse and Thalian Black have limited capacity. We only have 35 seats for Passholders at Jengo’s, and 50 seats for Passholders at Thalian Black. We’re not able to guarantee a spot, but recommend you arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of time to get in line. 
What kind of films screen at Cucalorus?

Cucalorus screens a little bit of everything. Look for lots of shorts and docs scattered throughout the schedule. Short films range from super brief (30 seconds) to 39 minutes. Cucalorus attempts to represent the artform in all its diversity and contradiction.

Can I bring my children to Cucalorus?

Maybe. Most daytime screenings are suitable for children. Reading the Festival Program Guide and the online descriptions of festival films should give you an idea of content. If not, feel free to ask staff which films would be appropriate.


Many of the events during Cucalorus are physically and programmatically accessible. All film screenings containing closed captions will indicate as such in their synopses on www.cucalorus.org. For questions and comments about venue and event accessibility, please visit www.cucalorus.org/attend/venues or contact our accessibility coordinator, Rachel Taylor, at rachel@cucalorus.org