Fall 2021 Arts Sneak Peek: Local Film Festivals


Raleigh Film & Art Festival | October 1-3 | North Carolina State Centennial Campus

Variety is the keyword at the Raleigh Film & Art Festival, which features nearly 200 films.

Participants will have the chance to network, attend discussions with award-winning filmmakers and assimilate performances in other disciplines, from painters to fashion designers to oral poetry. General admission tickets are free and available to book on Eventbrite.

BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival | October 7-10 | Cary Theater

With 37 independently produced shorts on the program, BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival is sure to have downtown Cary buzzing with cinematic activity. In addition to the three days of programmed short film blocks, the festival will also offer three film making workshops, questions and answers from the filmmakers and a reading table for the winning script of the event. Come for movies ranging from animation to horror to comedy, stay for a taste of Cary’s vibrant arts community. Full program to be published.

Film Festival 919 | October 18-24 | Carraway Village Drive-In and Silverspot Cinema

In just its fourth year of operation, Film Fest 919 has already hosted many Oscar-winning actors, crews and films. A hosted festival showcasing the most discussed films ahead of awards season, Film Fest 919 is a unique event among local film lineup, bringing a bit of Hollywood glamor to the Triangle.

This year, the films will be screened at Carraway Village Drive-In and Silverspot cinemas. In addition, Oscar nominated songwriter Diane Warren will be honored. Screenwriters Chris Bergoch and Sean Baker will also receive the festival’s Distinguished Screenwriter Award, following a screening of their 2021 film Red rocket.

Passes for the entire festival start at $ 500 and can be purchased online, and tickets for individual films will be available when the full schedule is released in early fall.

Carrboro Film Festival | November 19-21

A hub for local moviegoers, this year’s Carrboro Film Fest will focus on the “New Southern Film” – and this year that lens can be enjoyed in person. Last year the eclectic festival was held virtually due to the pandemic, but this year’s festival will be held at Carrboro’s ArtsCenter and features an assortment of locally grown moving images, from short films to feature films. The full schedule has yet to be announced.

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