BEYOND: The Film Festival

We’re launching 2019 with a theme of “HEROES”!

Ad_1500x500.BFF2_Cary.Theater_112718 2019 is here and we’ve launched our second annual film festival, celebrating the art of storytelling through cinema. Featuring screenplay and short film competitions that are far beyond ordinary, this four-day festival takes place right here in downtown Cary. Last year, we attracted filmmakers from British Columbia and beyond who’ve submitted their screenplays and short films (>30 minutes). We’re hoping for an even wider group of submissions for this year’s “HEROES” theme. Join us June 19-23 for a fun and enjoyable cinematic experience open to the community. New for 2019! A Smartphone filmmaking workshop – “Make  Your Own Zombie Film” A screening of the Final Cuts from our Rough Cuts Review program  

Why Beyond?

The roots of our slogan “Beyond Ordinary” originate from the Town’s moniker from the late 1700s as Bradford’s Ordinary. It represents our mission of providing a unique setting to experience affordable art house cinema. As we launch our inaugural festival this year, we invite you to participate in what we expect to be a unique arts experience here in the Town of Cary. Check out the festival schedule

What to Expect at Beyond the Film Festival

Enjoy the most uniquely interesting short films from filmmakers far and wide. We’ll include invited feature-length films and short film and screenplay submissions. The festival offers a stimulating sneak-peek into the minds of filmmakers with a focus on outstanding screenplay writers. BEYOND will kick off on Wednesday night with a family friendly, free outdoor screening at Cary’s Downtown Park. Join us for social events and other fun activities all weekend long.

For Filmmakers and Screen Writers

Competition Short Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017 and do not exceed 30 minutes in length, including credits. All non-English language films must have English subtitles. Films embody this year’s theme of “Heroes,” but are not limited to genre. Screenplays must have been completed after January 1, 2017. This will be strictly enforced. Submissions represent short films and do not exceed 40 pages in length, written in English. Screenplays embody this year’s theme of “Heroes,” but are not limited to genre.


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