We love a great film festival and especially one close to home! Get your cameras ready because the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh is officially accepting entries for the fifth annual Longleaf Film Festival, to be held Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, 2019. Submissions will be accepted online through March 1, 2019. Submission information is available at www.LongleafFilmFestival.
To be eligible for selection in Longleaf 2019 and awards, filmmakers and/or films must have a North Carolina connection and/or be one of Longleaf’s former Official Selection filmmakers. Connections may include:
- the film was made in North Carolina and/or
- the film’s story or topic or other feature is North Carolina based and/or
- the submitting filmmaker or other key production member (screenwriter, cinematographer, producer, or lead actor) lives in North Carolina now and/or grew up in North Carolina and/or attended college or university in North Carolina and/or
- the submitting filmmaker is a former Longleaf Official Selection filmmaker.
Longleaf Film Festival
“Longleaf is a blur of films, film fans, and popcorn—an event where filmmakers and film fans come together to celebrate this historic form of storytelling. We enjoy making connections that create community,” said Sally Bloom, co-organizer of the festival. The festival itself is free to attend and includes such special events as an outdoor Movies-N-Moonlight film block, panels for filmmakers, and socials/mixers for filmmakers and film fans and supporters. So, submit now and make plans to attend next May for plenty of film, fun, and community!
Awards, Prizes, and Focus
Two $500 Judges’ Choice awards will be presented for narrative and documentary films. Additionally, a $300 prize is awarded for the Best Student-Made Film in the middle and high school student category. New this year is a $200 prize for best film poster.
Additional prizes will be awarded in the festival’s eight main categories:
- Animated Film
- Documentary Feature
- Documentary Short
- History+ Film
- Middle and High School Student Film
- Music Video
- Narrative Feature
- Narrative Short
A Film Festival in a Museum?
“The North Carolina Museum of History serves as home base for Longleaf Film Festival, which celebrates the vibrant community of independent film in our state and beyond,” said Bloom. “We invite you to be part of Longleaf and to help us share films in a place that tells the stories that connect us all, and a place that recognizes filmmakers and film fans DO make history.”