Cucalorus Film Foundation Seeks Applications for 2023 Filmed in NC Fund


Wilmington, NC-  Applications are currently being accepted for the 2023 Filmed in NC Fund.  The Filmed in NC Fund is made possible through the partnership between the NC Film Office and Cucalorus Film Foundation, and through the generosity of Artless Media in conjunction with The Magnifying Glass. It supports emerging and established artists with a proven record for producing singular and original work, exhibiting potential for meaningful community impact and generating substantial economic activity in North Carolina.


This program supports narrative, documentary, and experimental films and includes projects at various stages of production (new and existing projects). Although the program prioritizes funding for female filmmakers, filmmakers of color, and LGBTQ+ identifying filmmakers, anyone and everyone is encouraged to apply.


2016 grant recipient Jacqueline Olive enjoyed a successful run at numerous film festivals for her documentary, Always in Season. It went on to win the Special Jury award at Sundance Film Festival in 2019.


Award-winning Wilmington on Fire director Christopher Everett says, “When I received the Filmed in NC Grant back in 2018, it gave me a much needed boost to start my next documentary entitled Grandmaster: The Vic Moore Story, which chronicles the life and teachings of 4-time martial arts champion Vic Moore. The grant helped me start production by allowing us to film a few days with Grandmaster Moore and turn that footage into a nice work sample that allowed me to receive other funding opportunities. The Filmed in NC Grant was the first grant that I received for this project and we wouldn’t have made it this far without it.”


Latino filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman has been telling the stories of the Great Latino Migration and the birth of the Nuevo South in several noteworthy films, including his 2019 grant-winning documentary, Bulls and Saints.


Cucalorus Executive Director Dan Brawley says, “Cucalorus is delighted to be able to put money in the hands of filmmakers living in North Carolina. Funding from the Filmed in NC program helps to amplify the work of the talented artists living and working in our state and to highlight the long heritage we have as a leader in developing filmmaking talent.”


Applications for the 2023 Filmed in NC Fund are accepted until August 9, 2023. Funding ranges from $500 to $3,000 per project, and is  intended to support the development and production of new and ongoing projects with total budgets under $250,000. To learn more,  visit Notification date for all applicants will be in the fall and a public announcement of the awards, along with a presentation of the checks, will happen during the 29th annual Cucalorus Film Festival, November 15-19, 2023.