Submissions

Call for Entries!


Enter your film in the fourth annual Longleaf Film Festival!  Rolling submission dates have begun for films that demonstrate a Tar Heel State connection, through the people involved in making them or through their subject. Longleaf is a free-to-attend festival that highlights the best of historic and contemporary stories through narrative and documentary features and shorts.

Longleaf Film Festival seeks to reflect the diversity of talent and imagination throughout the filmmaking world and—as a place that helps tell the stories that connect us all—we believe that the North Carolina Museum of History, our host, is in a unique position for showcasing those films. Of course, we hold near and dear all (current and former) Longleaf Official Selection filmmakers.

General Submission Information

Longleaf Film Festival has 8 categories for entry:

  • Animated Film (short or feature length, between 1 and 90 minutes total running time)
  • Documentary Feature (between 40 and 90 minutes total running time)
  • Documentary Short (between 1 and 39 minutes total running time)
  • History+ Film (narrative or documentary, short or feature length, between 1 and 90 minutes total running time) See below for additional qualifications.
  • Middle and High School Student Film (narrative or documentary, between 1 and 20 minutes total running time) See below for additional qualifications.
  • Music Video (between 1 and 8 minutes total running time)
  • Narrative Feature (between 40 and 90 minutes total running time)
  • Narrative Short (between 1 and 39 minutes total running time)

Eligibility for Entry

To be eligible for selection and awards for Longleaf 2018, filmmakers and/or films must have a North Carolina connection and/or be a former Official Selection filmmaker. Connections 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.

Note that visiting friends and family or regularly vacationing in North Carolina is NOT a sufficient connection to qualify for entry. We do encourage entries from out of state and around the world; however, submissions must demonstrate at least one of the North Carolina connections listed above.

Other Rules and Requests

  • Longleaf Film Festival reserves the right to refuse films depicting excessive nudity and/or gore.
  • Longleaf Film Festival holds no responsibility for lost films.
  • Longleaf Film Festival does not pay screening fees.
  • We accept films that have screened at other festivals and venues, however we encourage premieres! Please, if accepted, let us know if your film will be a premier (especially a North Carolina premier) screening.
  • Because we want to promote your film as a part of Longleaf Film Festival, we ask that Official Selections NOT be screened within 60 miles of Raleigh during the month between notification that you are an Official Selection and the weekend of Longleaf Film Festival.
  • And, of course, we expect your film to be available for screening during the festival.
  • You must include a valid surface-mail address on your FilmFreeway entry.
  • Except for middle and high school student films (see that category), films submitted for Longleaf 2018 must have been made between January 1, 2016, and March 1, 2018.
  • Longleaf Film Festival reserves the right to not award a prize in any category.
  • Longleaf Film Festival reserves the right to award prizes outside of the category of entry.
  • All submissions to Longleaf 2018 will be handled through Film Freeway. No manual submissions will be processed.
  • Once a submission is accepted to the festival, a digital screening version of the film must be provided to Longleaf Film Festival.

Deadlines

July 1, 2017 Opening Submission Date
October 1, 2017 Early-Bird Deadline/$20 Submission Fee
December 1, 2017 Regular Deadline/$25 Submission Fee
February 1, 2018 Late Deadline/$35 Submission Fee
March 1, 2018 Extended Deadline/$50 Submission Fee
April 13, 2018 Notification Date
May 11–12, 2018 Event Dates

Categories, Additional Qualifications, Prizes

All narrative festival submissions are eligible for the $500 Judges’ Choice/Narrative award. All documentary festival submissions are eligible for the $500 Judges’ Choice/Documentary award. All films entered in the Middle and High School Student Film category are eligible for the $500 Best Student-Made Film award. Other prizes may be awarded in the categories listed below.

Animated Film
Runtime: From 1 minute to 90 minutes. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016.

One prize may be awarded in the following subcategory:

  • Best Overall

Documentary Feature
Runtime: From 40 minutes to 90 minutes. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016.

One prize may be awarded in the following subcategory:

  • Best Overall

Documentary Short
Runtime: From 1 minute to 39 minutes. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016.

One prize may be awarded in the following subcategory:

  • Best Overall

History+ Film
Runtime: From 1 minute to 90 minutes. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016.
Entries must reflect or depict a topic in history from a unique perspective or insight and must be accurately interpreted or portrayed.

One prize may be awarded for each of the following subcategories:

  • Best Narrative
  • Best Documentary

Middle and High School Student Film
Runtime: From 1 minute to 20 minutes. Films must have been made between January 1, 2017, and March 1, 2018.
Films must have been primarily written, filmed, and produced by students currently enrolled in middle and/or high school or students who graduated from high school at the end of the 2016–2017 academic year. When the film is entered, a photocopy of student IDs, recent grade reports, or current schedules must be e-mailed separately to sally.bloom@ncdcr.gov.

One prize may be awarded for each of the following subcategories:

  • Best Narrative
  • Best Documentary

Music Video
Runtime: From 1 minute to 8 minutes. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016.

One prize may be awarded in the following subcategory:

  • Best Overall

Narrative Feature
Runtime: From 40 minutes to 90 minutes. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016.

One prize may be awarded for each of the following subcategories:

  • Best Horror–Sci-Fi
  • Best Comedy
  • Best Drama

Narrative Short
Runtime: From 1 minute to 39 minutes. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016.

One prize may be awarded for each of the following subcategories:

  • Best Horror–Sci-Fi
  • Best Comedy
  • Best Drama