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Interview with The Raleigh Film and Art Festival

When did this film festival start?
We started 5 years ago in Raleigh N.C.

Who started it?

I’m the founder of the Raleigh Film Festival.  

Why was it started?
We started it to foster independence, risk-taking, and new voices in independent film.

How has it evolved over the years?

We have added our Raleigh Art Festival, which was a 3-day event occurring the first weekend of each month. We also have a national partnership agreement with KQED Film School Shorts as the content provider of our YouTube and Student Reel program. The Raleigh Film and Art Festival is now on an annual schedule.

Who is the target audience for the film festival?

Our target audience is the independent film, art and music lover looking to experience a wide range of diverse artistic expression.  

Tell us about the clinics, workshops, and competitions you include?

We welcome submissions in a wide array of competitive categories, including experimental films, animated films, music videos, feature films, “mid-length” films (20-45 minutes), and short films. Jury awarded prizes vary from year to year as sponsorships allow and typically include goods, services and awards.

How do you select your films?
Raleigh Film Festival proudly accepts entries via Film Freeway. Films are then selected by our festival film committee jury.

Do you have additional entertainment?
Yes, we include live music, singers, spoken word performances, and live painting.

How has the film festival impacted the surrounding community?

We have introduced them to a wide range of independent film, directors and artists exposing the community to a vast array of creativity. We also bring a financial impact and boost to the surrounding businesses and venues over the three days with the influx of visitors. 

How many films are submitted?
We have a great number of films submitted from local, nationwide and filmmakers worldwide.

What has the film festival meant to you personally?

The Raleigh Film and Art Festival started with a personal idea, vision, and dream and mission to support, and inspire independent film and artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their work. It has meant a lot to me personally to witness and I’m thankful to be a part of the growth in the art industry in Raleigh, NC.

What advice would you give to upcoming talent and filmmakers?

Never give up. Keep pushing and help others as you help yourself along the way.  

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