While the North Carolina Museum of History has long explored stories from the state’s past through exhibits and programs, we also recognize that making films is making history. And that means the Longleaf Film Festival is a great fit for the museum! The Longleaf Film Festival explores both historical and contemporary stories in film—from across the state and around the globe—that are central to our understanding of the world around us.
The museum’s second annual Longleaf Film Festival in May 2016 will continue to celebrate stories told through the art of narrative and documentary movies, outstanding films made all over the world—not just on Hollywood soundstages.
In 2015, its inaugural year, the Longleaf Film Festival received 170 entries from 25 countries, a number that surpassed expectations and resulted in showings of 41 juried films on three screens at the museum. An opening-night reception for filmmakers was held, as was a meet-and-greet session that allowed viewers to mix with people associated with many of the films and a public awards ceremony that acknowledged the best and the most. During the free daylong festival, more than 400 people attended.
For Longleaf 2016, we plan to add a workshop and a panel discussion along with space for sponsors—just a few more steps in making this festival THE capital city’s film festival. Join in the fun, and help us promote the art and craft of filmmaking and the passion of film to fans in Raleigh, the Triangle, and beyond.