Cucalorus named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” 2023


Cucalorus Film Festival named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee 2023

Wilmington, NC – MovieMaker just announced that Cucalorus Film Festival has been named to its annual list of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, celebrating festivals that serve moviemakers and audiences in some of the best destinations in the world.

MovieMaker, a film magazine and website based in Los Angeles, compiles its annual list based on surveys, filmmaker testimonials, and visits to festivals, among other factors. Key considerations include how much assistance a festival provides to traveling filmmakers; recent premieres at the festival; opportunities to meet distributors, fans, fellow filmmakers and press; and whether festivals are Academy-qualifying.

“With the film world in a state of constant change in recent years, festivals are more important than ever to help audiences and distributors find new films, and to remind all of us why we devote so much of our lives to making and loving movies,” said MovieMaker editor Tim Molloy. “The festivals on this list work incredibly hard to make it feel effortless.”

Here’s MovieMaker’s 2023 list of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, in alphabetical order:

American Black Film Festival

American Documentary and Animation Film Festival (AmDocs)

Atlanta Film Festival

Austin Film Festival

BendFilm Festival

Bentonville Film Festival

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Brooklyn Film Festival

Busan International Short Film Festival Calgary International Film Festival

Calgary Underground Film Festival

Camden International Film Festival Cannes Indie Shorts Awards

Chicago International Film Festival

Chilliwack Independent Film Festival Cleveland International Film Festival Cucalorus


EnergaCamerimage International Film Festival Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival Fantasia Film Festival

Fantaspoa International Film Festival Female Eye Film Festival

Festival du Nouveau Cinema


Galway Film Fleadh

Hamptons International Film Festival Heartland International Film Festival/ Indy Shorts

HotDocs Canadian International Film Festival IndieLisboa International Film Festival Indie Memphis

Locarno Film Festival

Louisiana Film Prize

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

Nashville Film Festival

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles

New Hampshire Film Festival

New Orleans Film Festival

Newport Beach Film Festival

Provincetown International Film Festival Santa Barbara International Film Festival Santa Fe International Film Festival SCAD Savannah Film Festival


Slamdance Film Festival

Tallgrass Film Festival

Tribeca Festival

True/False Film Festival

Warsaw International Film Festival

Whistler Film Festival

Woodstock Film Festival

MovieMaker is dedicated to the art and craft of making movies. The list of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2023 is in the Spring 2023 issue, with Owen Wilson on the cover.

Early bird Pegasorus passes are currently on sale for the 29th annual Cucalorus Film Festival, to be held Nov. 15-19, 2023 in Wilmington, NC. Visit for more information.