About Longleaf Film Festival

A free-to-attend film festival that highlights the best short- and feature-length documentary and narrative films in a place that recognizes filmmakers and film fans DO make history—this is Longleaf. Our weekend festival screens films that demonstrate a Tar Heel State connection, through the people involved in making them or through their subject.

The North Carolina Museum of History, which strives to tell the stories that connect us all, serves as home base for Longleaf Film Festival. Entering year five, Longleaf continues to grow, with more than 1,000 people attending the free two-day festival in 2018. We screened 73 films this past year, organized two panels, hosted a public reception for filmmakers, and held our first Movies-N-Moonlight screening, along with a public Wrap Party.

2016 Longleaf Film Festival, May 13, 2016
A display of colorful posters, many from official selections for Longleaf 2016, illustrate the variety of entries to the festival.

Longleaf 2019 will be held at the museum on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11. Share in the fun and to help us promote the art and craft of filmmaking and the passion of film to fans in Raleigh, the Triangle, and beyond.