A free-to-attend festival that highlights the best of independent film in a place that strives to tell the stories that connect us all—this is Longleaf. Our weekend festival screens films that demonstrate a Tar Heel State connection, through the people involved in making them or through their subject. The North Carolina Museum of History serves as home base for Longleaf Film Festival. As we enter year eight in 2022, Longleaf continues to grow, even though, due to COVID-19, Longleaf 2020 and Longleaf 2021 became a series of online and live-streamed events. Still, through our community of filmmakers and film fans, we were able to promote the art and craft of filmmaking and the passion of film to viewers in Raleigh, the Triangle, and beyond. Throughout our short history, we have been grateful for the impactful stories regarding race and community that have been told in past festivals. We strongly believe that the art and craft of filmmaking help connect us and offer avenues for insight, as well as entertainment. We want to share your stories—all of your stories: animated, documentary, and narrative films, music videos, spoken word productions, and web series. To help in our small way, we want easier access to Longleaf for everyone; so, again, for 2022, we are waiving fees for directors who identify as Black, Latinx, or Indigenous. That’s one contribution we can make. Contact Sally Bloom, firstname.lastname@example.org for this waiver.
As a free-to-attend event, submission fees help make Longleaf happen. And, while we may need to tighten our always-stretched budget even more this year, the season will be worth it if we can make everyone feel welcome to this community—where we recognize that making films is making history. We will be back on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, 2022! We hope to see you then (or sooner).