Film, Fun, and Community!

A free-to-attend festival that highlights the best of independent film in a place that strives to tell the stories that connect us all—this is Longleaf. Our weekend festival screens films that demonstrate a Tar Heel State connection, through the people involved in making them, their filming location, or through their subject.

Welcome to the online home of . . .

Our 2023 Longleaf award winners have been posted! 
Or, watch our annual Awards Ceremony LIVE.

Longleaf Film Festival, an annual juried festival that highlights the stories that connect us all. We believe that making films is making history. Longleaf Film Festival is sponsored and administered by the North Carolina Museum of History.  Longleaf 2023 will be held Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13.

Make plans to join us for this free fest of NC film!

Upcoming dates and deadlines

April 14     Registration opens for panels and receptions
                  Official selections announced at 5 p.m. EST
                              Watch our live-stream announcement!
                  Film schedule released
May 12       Longleaf 2023 kicks off!
                              Films, films, FILMS!
                              Ticketed reception for filmmakers and friends
                              Movies-N-Moonlight outdoor screen block!
May 13       Longleaf 2023 continues
                              More films
                                   Introduction to Virtual Production;
                                   Directing for the Actor/Acting for the Director;
                                   Legal Insights for Filmmakers
                              Awards Ceremony
                              Our annual that’s a Wrap Party in . . .
                                   the Voodoo Room at The Big Easy, downtown
May 10–11     Festival 2024: Our TENTH!

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