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Cucalorus Festival

The Cucalorus Film Festival takes place every November showcasing more than 150 independent films with a focus on supporting films directed by women and by people of color. Screenings are paired with bold performance art, fringe-style theatre and deep discussions about social justice. The spirited celebration has been recognized as a breeding ground for young artists, new ideas, and future collaborations. Cucalorus brings together emerging creatives with new ideas that challenge us to look at the world in new ways. Festival programs focus on dance, justice, comedy, performance, cocktails and more.

This year’s event takes place November 16-20, 2022 in Downtown Wilmington, NC.


History of Cucalorus

Cucalorus was founded in 1994 by the underground filmmaking collective Twinkle Doon. Launched as a single evening of film at Water Street restaurant by the Cape Fear River, Cucalorus has since grown into an interdisciplinary organization supporting innovation in film, performance and business with programming throughout the year from our growing creative campus in the Soda Pop district. The festival, our largest annual event,  takes place every November, celebrating independent and international film, creativity on stage, and innovation in entrepreneurship for five days in historic downtown Wilmington, NC.