Cucalorus to Receive $25K Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts


Cucalorus to Receive $25K Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Cucalorus Film Foundation has been approved for a $25,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support the Cucalorus Film Festival. This project will provide direct financial support to more than 75 independent filmmakers whose work will be screened at the annual film festival in downtown Wilmington. Cucalorus champions emerging artists and creates unexpected opportunities for audiences and makers to share, advocate, collaborate and celebrate. Cucalorus Film Festival is among 1,073 projects across America totaling nearly $25 million that were selected during this first round of fiscal year 2021 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects funding category. 

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support this project from the Cucalorus Film Festival,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Cucalorus is among the arts organizations across the country that have demonstrated creativity, excellence, and resilience during this very challenging year.” 

“We’re so honored to be recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as a leader in showcasing media makers and creating original programs where the general public can experience the work of visionary filmmakers. This funding is a catalyst for further investment and helps us to build a sustainable economic environment for indie filmmakers,” shared Cucalorus Executive Director Dan Brawley.

The 27th annual Cucalorus Festival celebrates bold new voices in film, performance, community advocacy, and social justice. Fifty percent of all films at the festival are made by women and fifty percent are made by artists of color. Programs explore emerging African-American documentary makers, creative entrepreneurs working toward social justice, storytellers from the US South, and choreographers experimenting with film. Submissions open on FilmFreeway on February 17th, 2021 for all categories. For more information about applying to join the festival’s creative family of filmmakers and presenters, visit

For more information on projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit