Cucalorus Film Foundation and the NC Film Office Present Eleven “Filmed in NC” Filmmaker Grants


Cucalorus is excited to announce the eleven filmmakers awarded “Filmed in NC” grants. The grant is an initiative from the Cucalorus Film Foundation and the NC Film Office to support the production of indie film and video projects by artists who live in the state. This year’s initiative supports narrative, documentary and experimental films and videos, prioritizing funding for female and non-binary identifying, African American and Latinx filmmakers. The grants are funded by the NC Film Office and awarded through the Cucalorus Film Foundation.

The eleven projects awarded range from narrative features to short docs and were chosen from 78 applications. The panel of judges for this year’s round of grants included 2020 grant recipients. In an effort to embrace the diversity of the film industry, the “Filmed in NC” Grants are supporting nine female and non-binary identifying directors, six projects from African American filmmakers, and one Latinx filmmaker. 

The 2021 grant recipients are:

A Song For Imogene a narrative feature by Kristi Ray

Duality: A Collection of Afro Indigenous Perspectives, a documentary feature by Frederick D. Murphy.

Iba Obinrin a short by Tamara Williams

Ma’s Kitchen a narrative feature by Debbie Vu

Mañana Negra a short by Valentina Hueck

Seed Sowers (Working Title) a short by Laura Asherman

The Boys Outside a short by A.J. Riggins

The Place of All Places a short by Zachary Smith

The Selves a narrative feature by Rotisha Geter

This Belongs to Us a documentary feature by Atinuke Diver

Unlearn: The Consequences of Racism a documentary feature by Toni Autry & Martin Buchanan

Read more about the films on the Filmed in NC page: