BEYOND: The Film Festival

Logo_Beyond.TFF_Cary Theater_BW.ReversedThe Cary Theater launches BEYOND: The Film Festival, a celebration of the many facets of the art of storytelling through film. BEYOND: The Film Festival will highlight all aspects of filmmaking, featuring a short film competition and screenplay writing competition (length – 30 minutes or less). Each year, the festival will explore a new theme and focus on some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of the filmmaking process. The theme for this first year is “Hometown Stories.” The screenwriting competition, also for short films, is based on the same theme and will explore the foundational aspect of filmmaking – the script.  A focus of this new four-day event is to bring the community together to experience the best films they’ve never seen.

Why BEYOND? Beyond Ordinary is one of The Cary Theater’s core values – striving and reaching past limits to provide excellent service to the community. This tag line grew from Cary’s common moniker in the late 1700’s – Bradford’s Ordinary. The word BEYOND paints images of excelling, forward motion, striving to grow, and reaching past your current limits. We are excited to invite you to participate as this festival begins and grows BEYOND.

BEYOND: The Film Festival will be held June 14 – 17, 2018 at The Cary Theater in Downtown Cary

Attendees will enjoy the best short films we can find, a selection of invited feature length films, a sneak-peek into the world of the bedrock of film – the screenplay, social events and more!



Competition Short Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016 and should not exceed 30 minutes in length, including credits. All non-English language films must have English subtitles. Each film must follow the theme of “Hometown Stories”, but is not limited to genre.

Screenplays must have been completed after January 1, 2016. Submitted screenplays should be for short films and should not exceed 40 pages in length and written in English. Each film must follow the theme of “Hometown Stories”, but is not limited to genre.


BEYOND: The Film Festival proudly accepts entries via, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more.