Spring 2020

April 1 – May 31

Rules and Terms

To be eligible for consideration: (1) Entrants must comply with the Entry Rules & Regulations, including deadline(s) and selected material requirements. (2) Films must be in their complete form, no works-in-progress accepted. (3) Non-English language works must either have English subtitles or be accompanied by dialogue lists in both English and the original language.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS All entries must use Filmfreeway.com to submit.

– 45 minutes or less running length is considered a SHORT – more than 46 minutes up to 120 minutes is considered a FEATURE


There are three recognition tiers per category.

The three recognition tiers are: Founder’s Award – Our most prestigious award Director’s Award – Our award for superior effort President’s Award – Our award of distinction

The categories are: Short: Action/Adventure Short: Animation Short: Comedy Short: Drama Short: Horror/Science Fiction Short: Faith Based

Feature: Action/Adventure Feature: Animation Feature: Comedy Feature: Drama Feature: Horror/Science Fiction Feature: Faith Based

Each film invited to be part of the Festival will receive a Certificate of Participation.

MULTIPLE ENTRIES Each entered work must be accompanied by its own entry form and a separate online link. Each entry must have a separate PayPal entry fee.

A panel of industry experts will screen for accepted works in each category.

NOTIFICATION OF STATUS Applicants are responsible for ensuring their entry link and password plays correctly. If it does not play when viewed by the Judges, you will be notified of the play problem via email once only.

Applicants will be notified of their status via email one month after last day for submission. Please update the festival with any changes in contact information to be sure notification is received in a timely manner.

The North Carolina Film Awards will not be held responsible for any legal issues that might arise from the inclusion of uncleared materials in your film. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the film to secure permission from the copyright holder of the material in question such as music, stock footage, or any other elements that could violate an existing copyright.
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All entries must use Film Freeway to submit