Submit Your Screenplay or Short Film by May 31


The Town of Cary’s film festival produced by The Cary Theater returns Sept. 15-18, 2022. The fifth annual BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival is now accepting short film and screenplay submissions thru May 31.

CARY, N.C. – BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival returns September 15-18, 2022 for its fifth year. Produced by the Cary Theater, BEYOND is now accepting screenplays and short films (<40 minutes) for festival competition through May 31. BEYOND is an independent film and screenwriting festival that takes place at the Cary Theater downtown. Festival details are available here.

“We’re excited to see this year’s submissions to Cary’s hometown film festival,” said Lani Simeona, festival producer and theater operations and programs supervisor. “BEYOND is an opportunity for talented filmmakers of all experience levels to share their works with a welcoming community that supports independent filmmakers.”




Short films and screenplays completed after January 1, 2021, are eligible for Beyond 2022. Films 40 minutes or less are considered shorts. Films that have been publicly broadcast in the U.S. are ineligible. Note – Films that have been digitally screened with restricted availability as part of an online festival selection are still eligible. Screenplays must be written in English and under 40 pages in length. Screenplays that have been optioned, purchased, or produced at the time of submission are ineligible.


Each official selection will receive two festival passes to attend screenings and events at Beyond 2022. Filmmakers and the Screenplay winner will have the opportunity to participate in Q&As. The winning films and screenplay will compete for cash prizes worth more than $6,000.



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