Submissions

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 is in a unique position for showcasing films from everywhere. Of course, we hold near and dear those films with a Tar Heel connection.

General Submission Information

Longleaf 2017 has five main categories for entry:

  • Narrative Feature (between 50 and 90 minutes total running time)
  • Narrative Short (between 1 and 49 minutes total running time)
  • Documentary Feature (between 50 and 90 minutes total running time)
  • Documentary Short (between 1 and 49 minutes total running time)
  • Middle and High School Student Film (between 1 and 20 minutes total running time)

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.

With the exception of student films (see below), films submitted for Longleaf 2017 must have been made between January 1, 2014, and March 1, 2017.

Longleaf Film Festival reserves the right to not award a prize in any category.

All submissions to Longleaf 2017 will be handled through Film Freeway. No manual submissions will be processed.

Deadlines

July 1, 2016 Opening Submission Date
October 1, 2016 Earlybird Deadline/$20 Submission Fee 
December 1, 2016 Regular Deadline/$25 Submission Fee
February 1, 2017 Late Deadline/$35 Submission Fee
March 1, 2017 Extended Deadline/$50 Submission Fee
April 15, 2017 Notification Date
May 12–13, 2017 Event Dates

Categories and Prizes

All festival submissions are eligible for the $500 Judges’ Choice award.

All films made in North Carolina are eligible for the $500 Made-in-NC award; filmmakers must present documentation of their North Carolina filming location(s) with their submission to be considered.

All films NOT made in North Carolina are eligible for the $500 Yonder award.

All films entered in the Middle and High School Student Film category are eligible for the $500 Best Student-Made Film award; students are required to provide a photocopy of their student ID, a recent grade report, or current schedule for documentation purposes.

In addition, let us know about your Tar Heel Tie-In so you may be recognized for that award:

  • Were you born in the Tar Heel State?
  • Did you go to school here?
  • Does your family live here?
  • Or, are you just a Tar Heel through and through?

Or, do you have another special connection to the Tar Heel State? Reveal your Tar Heel Tie-In when you submit your film.

Narrative Feature

Entries in the Narrative Feature category must be between 50 and 90 minutes in length. The category is open to all genres.

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

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

Documentary Feature

Entries in the Documentary Feature category must be between 50 and 90 minutes in length.

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

  • Best Historical
  • Best Overall

Narrative Short

Entries in the Narrative Short category must be between 1 and 49 minutes in length. The category is open to all genres.

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

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

Documentary Short

Entries in the Documentary Short category must be between 1 and 49 minutes in length.

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

  • Best Historical
  • Best Overall

Middle and High School Student Film

Entries in the Middle and High School Student Film category must be between 1 and 20 minutes in length. The category is open to all genres. For this category, films in Longleaf 2017 must have been produced between January 1, 2016, and March 1, 2017. Films in this category must be primarily written, filmed, and produced by students currently enrolled in middle and/or high school. Filmmakers submitting to this category must include a photocopy of their student ID, a recent grade report, or current schedule for documentation purposes.

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

  • Best Narrative
  • Best Documentary

In addition to other prizes and awards, films in this category are also eligible for the $500 Best Student-Made Film award.