About Longleaf Film Festival

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 their subject.

The North Carolina Museum of History serves as home base for Longleaf Film Festival—a fitting location, since movies have been made in the Tar Heel State for more than 100 years!  In addition, the museum speaks to that intersection of historical traditions that continue today, making connections. The film community in the state, along with those who train and film here, continue to create stories that engage and expand our conversation.

It’s lovely to have been back in-person for 2022 and 2023. As we enter our tenth anniversary year for 2024, we look forward to growing festival attendance and embracing new members of our filmmaker and film fan community—while also looking back to the people and films that have contributed to Longleaf’s development. We are grateful to all as we strive to promote the art and craft of filmmaking and the passion of film to viewers in Raleigh, the Triangle, and beyond.

So, what’s next?

We launch Longleaf 2024 with a continued commitment to sharing impactful stories, including those about race and community. We strongly believe that the art and craft of filmmaking helps connect us and offers avenues for insight, as well as entertainment. We want to share your stories—all of your stories: animated, documentary, and narrative films, music videos, spoken word productions, and web series. And again, we will recognize the best films made by historically underrepresented filmmakers with support from caring people.

Longleaf Film Festival 2024 will be held Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11. With your help and support, we plan to help keep Longleaf THE capital city’s film festival. As a free-to-attend event, sponsorships help make Longleaf happen and can also work to make everyone feel welcome in this community—where we recognize that making films is making history.


Check out reviews for Longleaf Film Festival at FilmFreeway!