Filmed in NC Fund

To apply for the Filmed in NC Fund for 2023, click here.

The Filmed in NC Fund supports the production of indie film and video projects by artists who are permanent residents of North Carolina, as well as full-time students at colleges or universities in North Carolina living in the state year round. 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 is intended to support the development and production of new and ongoing projects with total budgets under $250,000. Selected projects are supported with funds ranging from $500 to $3,000 per project.

The Filmed in NC Fund 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). While the program prioritizes funding for female filmmakers, filmmakers of color, and LGBTQ+ identifying filmmakers, anyone and everyone is encouraged to apply.

Submission Deadline: August 9th, 2023

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.

2022 Filmed in NC awardees:

  •  Holland Gallagher for May the Lord Watcha documentary feature that recounts the rise, breakup and reunion of rap group, Little Brother
  • Sarah Sloan for Quiet as It’s Kept, a documentary feature that follows choreographer Kevin Lee-Y Green as he produces a dance performance in his rural hometown, capturing his experiences with Blackness, sexual trauma and southern culture.
  • Ivan Weiss and Cagney Gentry  for North on Thurmond, a documentary feature that tells the history of a neighborhood through personal remembrances and the sights and sounds of its streets.
  • Elizabeth Miller-Derstine for Blooma documentary feature that follows four doulas and the mothers they advocate for. It questions why a country that values personal freedom limits how parents exercise it at birth.
  • Evelyn Lorena for Gabrielaa short narrative that focuses on a young, undocumented Guatemalan woman that dreams of joining the country club swim team in the American South
  •  Tiffany Albright for Keepsakea narrative feature about a photographer that finds herself at the heart of a sinister ritual when hired to document a family hike for the last people to see her sister alive
  •  Rodrigo Dorfman for The Making of the Nuevo Southa television series that explores Southern history from the perspective of the Latino immigrant experience
  • Ashley Maria and Kate E. Hinshaw for The Corner Gas Station, a short narrative that centers on the weekly “kid switch,” common with divorced parents
  • Kate E. Hinshaw for Teflon Body Rotan experimental film that explores the human cost of an industry that poisoned the water in coastal Carolina
  • Aileen Lassister for What Happened to Ottie B. Graham?, a narrative feature that centers on the journey to find the gaps in history in the life of the filmmaker’s great-grandmother
  • Parrish Stikeleather  for Long Drive to Yadkina narrative feature that recounts the story of a recently widowed Bible salesman on a journey to reconnect with his estranged son
  • Justin Lacy for Carousel, an experimental, stop-motion animation set to three original songs about a bee, a beekeeper and pollinator caught in a loop
  • Tylen Watts for Fading Inka short narrative about a memorial shirt printer that comes to terms with the vulnerability of fatherhood

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