BEYOND celebrates winning films

On Sunday we showcased the following award winners from this year’s festival. Congrats to all of this year’s selections.
  • Best Film Under 10 Short: Echoes of Animals by William Lilly 
  • Best Narrative (Fiction) Short: This is Our Home by A.K. Espada
  • Best Documentary (Non-fiction) Short: First Final Ride by Evan Kidd
  • Best Student Short: Chicken Soup for the Soil by Brandon Gaesser
  • Peoples’ Choice Award: Ghostwriter by Vonii Bristow


Beyond the Cary Film Festival

Produced by The Cary Theater, the fifth annual BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival took place Sept. 15-18, 2022. The festival celebrates the art of short films created by independent filmmakers from around the world who compete for more than $6,000 in prizes. All festival events took place at the historic Cary Theater downtown. 

“We showcased an outstanding lineup of short films in our fifth year of Cary’s hometown film festival,” said Lani Simeona, festival director and operations and program supervisor at The Cary Theater. “Congratulations to all the winners as well as each talented filmmaker and screenwriter who was part of this year’s festival.”

The 2022 festival is presented by: InkTip, Final Draft, Slated, Town of Cary, Cary Magazine, The Mayton Inn, Misner Public Relations, Digital P MediaSouthern Documentary Fund and N.C. Humanities.

About The Cary Theater

Located at 122 E. Chatham St., The Cary Theater lights up downtown with its mission to provide a unique setting for the community to experience art house cinema and live performances that enhance their cultural arts experience. The theater is owned by the Town of Cary and operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources.

BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival is designed to support emerging filmmakers and screenplay writers. Engaged audiences, new and established filmmakers, and industry professionals come together to celebrate the art of short filmmaking. Six award categories include: Best Narrative Short; Best Documentary Short; Best Student Short; Best Under 10 Short; People’s Choice; and the Grand Jury Winner. 




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