Cucalorus Film Festival

Cucalorus Film Festival Wilmington NC

The 24th Annual Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC, is one of the most popular events in the Port City and features more than 200 films in every genre, plus dance performances, music videos, works-in-progress, international films, and Kidsalorus with movies suitable for children from November 7th to November 11th, 2018.

Also included are dance events, art events, music events, and stuff for kids. See a list of movies here. See the calendar of films here.


Individual screenings are $10 and $15 (tickets on sale in mid-October). For more information call visit

What is a Cucalorus?

cuc•a•lor•us n., [orig. Gk. kukaloris, the dance of the shadows.]1. a film set apparatus placed in front of a light source to create a dappled lighting effect on a subject or background. also cookie, UK. gobo. 2. a film festival in Wilmington, North Carolina.

About the Cucalorus Film Festival

The 24th annual Cucalorus Film Festival takes place November 7-11, 2018 in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina.

Cucalorus was founded in 1994 by the underground filmmaking collective Twinkle Doon. At the inaugural event, crowds wrapped around the block to see 16 local films screening at Water Street restaurant by the Cape Fear River.

These days Cucalorus takes place every November, celebrating independent and international film for five days in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. MovieMaker Magazine recently recognized it as “One of the Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2014.”

Cucalorus is a multi-disciplinary arts organization supporting emerging and innovative creative professionals through our annual film festival, a residency program, a summer camp for teen filmmakers, a micro-cinema, and an extensive community outreach program.

The annual Cucalorus Film Festival was established in 1994 and has since grown into one of the largest film festivals in the South. More than 200 films screen each year at venues all over downtown Wilmington, attracting a large number of participating artists (300+) and thousands of fans and industry professionals (accumulated attendance in 2014 was 15,743).

Festival programs focus on dance, music videos, emerging artists, social justice, works-in-progress, and international cinema.

Cucalorus education and outreach programs include Global Perspectives, Works-in-Progress, Latino Lens, Media Literacy, and Racial Rewind. Cucalorus is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on funds from individuals, businesses, and grants to fund its annual celebration.

For more information on the Cucalorus Film Festival visit

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