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

April 12     Registration opens for panels and receptions
April 12     Official selections announced at 5 p.m. EST
                                  Watch our live-stream announcement!
April 12     Film schedule released
May 10      Longleaf 2024, Year 10, kicks off!
                        Films, films, FILMS!
                        Ticketed reception for filmmakers and friends
                        Movies-N-Moonlight outdoor screen block!
May 11      Longleaf 2024 continues
                        More films
                             Join Us Off-Site: Intro to Virtual Production;
                             The Independent Filmmaker’s Production Packet;
                             It’s Been a Decade: How It Started/How It’s Going
                        Awards Ceremony
                        Our annual that’s a Wrap Party in . . .
                        the Voodoo Room at The Big Easy, downtown
May 9–10     Festival Film Festival 2025!

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And, start planning for workshops and special events, too!

Check our schedule for workshop times, screening blocks, and other special events.