North Carolina Film Festivals
North Carolina proves itself as an important area for the
proliferation of the arts as it has been a hub and a host state for a
number of film festivals that give independent filmmakers the chance to
be shown, and the viewers, a taste of new flavor and perspective in
their way of looking at films.
One of the most celebrated film festivals in North Carolina is the Full
Frame Documentary Film Festival, which is founded in 1998. it aims to
celebrate the power of the medium and give documentary filmmakers a
place wherein they can showcase their work in the theater and attracts
viewers and the industry have them viewed and listened. The New York
Times and indieWIRE has referred Full Frame as the premier documentary
film festival in the United States. Some of their distinguished guests
include directors Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs), Martin Scorsese
(The Taxi Driver, Gangs of New York), Mira Nair (Kamasutra) and Abbas
Kiarostami (A Taste of Cherry). Some of the recently screened films in
the festival which happens every April include Jesse Epstein's
"34x25x35", Tanaz Eshaghian's "Be Like Others" and Tia Lessin and Carl
Deal's "Trouble The Water."
The Cucalorus Film Festival is scheduled in November is being organized
by a non-profit organization with the key objective to have filmmakers'
works reach the general public. It is a grand showcase of narrative
features, experimental shorts, documentaries and other formats from all
over the world, with more emphasis put on filmmakers from North Carolina
and Southern stories.
The 2013 Film Festival marks its 14th year of
supplying the viewers with a diverse choice of creative works. Some of
the films screened in the festival are: John Cameron Mitchell's
"Shortbus", Erica Dunton's "Find Love", and Michael Glawogger
"Slumming." Scheduled every August is the Annual North
Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival which is being produced by the
non-profit Carolina Theater.
It is the second largest gay and lesbian film festival in the
South-east and has been attracting thousands of viewers, and the 2013
festival marks its 13th year. The festival is a showcase of the best
short films, documentaries and feature films that take a glimpse of
lesbian and gay life. Some of the films screened in the festival are: Q.
Allan Brocka's "Boy Culture", Denis Langlois' "Amnesia: The James
Brighton Enigma" and Casper Andrea's "Between Love and Goodbye."
The Carolina Film and Video Festival is a promising student film
festival that is slated on the last week of February. This annual event
is being hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro,
showcasing a good line-up of films from independent and student
filmmakers alike, focusing the young bloods with much respect.
Categories include feature length narratives, documentary, animation and