Longleaf 2021: Events and Programs


Click here for a list of all Longleaf 2021 Official Selection films.
Click here for a list of Longleaf 2021 award winners.


Celebrate with Longleaf Film Festival and the North Carolina Museum of History on Friday, April 30, and Friday–Saturday, May 14 and 15. For the second year, due to continuing pandemic restrictions, Longleaf 2021 will be a virtual, online event.

Official Selection films for this year have already been announced, and, on April 30, at 7 p.m., we will announce this year’s award-winning films in a live-stream program. Then, over our festival dates of May 14–15, we will present—thanks to the generosity of those filmmakers—dozens of our Official Selection films for free online viewing. In addition, we will be hosting two virtual workshops this year, and a live Q&A session with some Longleaf filmmakers!

It’s going to be a North Carolina indie-film bonanza! So, read on, follow the links for information, and reserve your spot—and, of course, help spread the word. All Longleaf programs are free-to-attend.


Virtual Panels and Online Programs

  • Longleaf Awards and Prize Program
    Friday, April 30, 7 p.m.
    This year’s award-winning films will be announced in a live-streamed program hosted, once again, by CBS17 News anchor Bill Young. Watch for a few trailers, a little trivia, and more about our award-winning films.  Advance registration is required for this FREE program.
  • One Last (Virtual) Viewing Event
    Friday, May 14, 4 p.m. through Saturday, May 15, 11 p.m.
    Watch narrative and documentary shorts and features, plus animated films, music videos, spoken word productions, and films from high school students. And let us know you’re watching by joining our Facebook Event, where you can also thank filmmakers! Free screenings are provided courtesy of the generous and understanding Official Selection filmmakers who have opted to be a part of this program.
  • Morning Panel: Black Lives in the Carolinas, 1938–1978
    Saturday, May 15, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. via Demio
    This virtual program will explore a curated selection of short films and film excerpts that helped shape the narrative for how we saw Black lives in our past. Bring your questions! Advance registration is required for this free panel discussion.
  • Afternoon Workshop: Legal Basics for Indie Filmmakers
    Saturday, May 15, 3–4 p.m. via Demio
    Entertainment attorney Thomas Varnum, of Brooks Pierce law firm, will provide an overview of the legal basics that indie filmmakers need to consider, including copyright, insurance, distribution, and more! Have your questions ready!  Advance registration is required for this free workshop.
  • Conversations with Filmmakers
    Saturday, May 15, 7–8:30 p.m. via Zoom
    Join us for a live conversation with 2021 Official Selection filmmakers. Post your questions and comments in the online chat; we’ll share them.  Advance registration is required for participation in this free discussion.


Click here for a list of all Longleaf 2021 Official Selection films.
Click here for a list of Longleaf 2021 award winners.

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