Festival Schedule

June 13 thru June 17

Enjoy the best short films from artists far and wide. Film festival tickets are available by individual session, or with a full Friday Pass, a full Saturday Pass, or enjoy it all with a Full Festival Pass.  Plus, join us for social events all weekend long!






FREE Family Kick-Off Film at Downtown Park – Back to the Future

Food and fun starts at 7:00pm with American Meltdown Food Truck, FRESH Local Ice-cream, Bond Brothers Beer Company

Film Starts at sunset – 8:30pm


2:00p Afternoon Matinee – My Darling Clementine (1946) followed by a nostalgic Q&A with Faye Honeycutt of the Chandler family (The Cary’s original theater owner) plus other area seniors who share their hometown stories.
5:00p Cary Film Circle Opening Reception at Pharmacy Bottle + Beverage
7:00p Invited Feature – Missing Johnny, a Taiwanese drama and winner of four awards at 2017 Taipei Film Awards.


1:00p Short Films Block 1
3:00p Curated Feature Documentary – Raising Bertie
7:00p Short Films Block 2
9:30p Friday Party at Bond Brothers Beer Co.


10:00a Screenplay Master Class – Shawn Schepps, a distinguished actor/writer/director with The Brady Bunch, The Terminator, Weeds, Encino Man, Drumline, Drop Dead Diva, and other TV and film credits.
11:00a Short Films Block 3
2:00p Screenplay Table Read for award winning screenplay – Transplant.  Written by Tim McDevitt.
4:00p Short Films Block 4

Marquee Film with featured guest – Steel Magnolias

Q&A Following the film: “Hometown Stories: The Film Genre That Never Fades”

Moderated by producer John Heinsen, enjoy a conversation with local filmmakers asking what is it about a Home Town Story (in Cary, or Tatooine) that always takes audiences back to what matters most?  Stick around for prizes and giveaways!

9:30p Marquee Party at The Mayton Inn
 Sunday  11:00a Filmmaker’s Brunch / Awards at Page-Walker Arts & History Center

Best of the Festival – Short Films Block 5

Audience favorites from each of the film blocks will be screened.


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