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.

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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 2024, our tenth annual festival, will be held Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11.

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

Upcoming dates and deadlines

August 14      Opening Date for 2024 Submissions
October 1      Early-Bird Submission Deadline
December 1      Regular Submission Deadline


February 1      Late Submission Deadline
March 1      Extended Submission Deadline
April 12       Official Selections Announcement
May 10–11     Festival 2024: Our TENTH!


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