Cucalorus Festival

Cucalorus Festival
Jengo's Playhouse
815 Princess Street
NC 28401
Wilmington, United States

Tel: 910.343.5995

Festival Overview

The non-competitive annual Cucalorus Festival showcases more than 300 films from all over the world and attracts thousands of cultural travelers who come to celebrate the art-form and connect with peers. The festival's spirited celebration has been recognized as a breeding ground for young artists, new ideas, and future collaborations. Festival programs focus on dance, music videos, emerging artists, social justice, works-in-progress, and international cinema. Cucalorus creates an opportunity for intimate engagement between audience and artist through the festival’s retreat-like atmosphere, resulting in friendships that extend far beyond the festival’s 5-day celebration. Cucalorus is a multi-disciplinary arts organization that is active year-round supporting emerging and innovative creative professionals through our annual fall film festival, artist residency, mobile outdoor screening series, micro-cinema, and extensive community outreach program.


Cucalorus doesn't give out awards. In order to create an open environment where ideas are exchanged freely, Cucalorus avoids the competitive tension so prevalent at other fests. Laid back and low down rule the day in Cucaloria.


Animation Art-house Asian Black Children Comedy Documentary Drama Experimental Gay and Lesbian Historical Horror Independent Jewish Music Video National Religious Romance Science Fiction Short Silent Student Thriller Women

Apply via Withoutabox

Apply via Film Freeway

Known festival contacts Contacts
Becca Ederer
Communications Coordinator
Film Festival
Executive Director


Open to the public


Entries to Cucalorus are accepted on a year-round basis. Cucalorus accepts films from all genres by filmmakers of all backgrounds. If you make it, we'll take it. Filmmakers interested in screening their film at our community cinema Jengo's Playhouse should contact Cucalorus at or call our office at 910.343.5995.


Online screener links through our online entry form on our website, FilmFreeway, and Withoutabox.


Early / June 1 / $25
Regular / June 22 / $35
Late / July 13 / $45

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