BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival

We’re launching 2020 already! Here’s what we did in 2019! Stay tuned for full details for our amazing 3rd Year!

The Town of Cary becomes a haven for film buffs June 11-14, 2020 as The Cary Theater welcomes year three of BEYOND: TheCary Film Festival. We’re featuring curated feature films and independently produced short films as well as filmmaking and screenwriting workshops for all ages. 

Feature Films, Short Films & Filmmaking Workshops

Highlights include a screening of BATMAN FOREVER with the film’s writers Janet Scott Batchler and Lee Batchler on June 22. Everything kicks-off with a FREE outdoor screening of CAPTAIN MARVEL at Cary’s Downtown Park emceed by Steve Daniels of ABC-11. That night we’re hosting a kids costume contest — make up your own superhero and come dressed to win. Plus, meet Sergeant Yeager, nominated for American Humane Hero Dog of the Year.

Beyond-Film-Festival_Cary-TheaterWe’re also screening CANCER REBELLION with its filmmaker Hernan Baragan and Teen Cancer America. Our five-day festival features screenwriting and short film competitions embodying this year’s “Heroes” theme.

Five blocks of indie short films accompany four workshops, including a screenwriting masterclass with Hollywood blockbuster screenwriter Janet Scott Batchler and Emmy Award-winning writer-producer Joy Goodwin. Other workshops include: Creating your own zombie film; The process of getting your film made; and What to do once your film is finished. All experience levels are welcome at the workshops.

Why Beyond?

Beyond-Film-Festival_Cary-TheaterThe roots of our theater 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 here in downtown Cary.

We go beyond the norm to celebrate the art of storytelling through cinema with an affordable film festival designed for everyone to enjoy. Last year, we attracted filmmakers from British Columbia and beyond. Check out this year’s festival schedule, complete with cartoons ‘n cereal, tributes to veteran heroes, screenings of local filmmakers’ final cuts from our Rough Cuts Review program, and much more!

What to Expect at the Film Festival

Enjoy the most fun and welcoming small town film festival featuring interesting short films from filmmakers far and wide. With four workshops and Q&As after every block of films, BEYOND offers a stimulating sneak-peek into the minds of filmmakers. Join us for social events and other fun activities all weekend long!

BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival Sponsors for 2019

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 NC Film office


For Filmmakers & Screenwriters

Competition short films and screenplays were submitted through our FilmFreeway partnership. Each submission must be completed after January 1, 2017 and not exceed 30 minutes in length, including credits, or screenplays surpassing 40 pages in length. All non-English language films are required to have English subtitles. Both films and screenplays embody this year’s theme of “Heroes,” but are not limited to genre.  

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