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Cucalorus Launches 2009 Membership Drive
July 4th Call For Entries and Membership Drive Event

The Cucalorus Film Festival launches its 2009 Membership Drive with a fourth of July celebration and filmmaker appreciation day. The kickoff event will be held at Jengo’s Playhouse and will include food, fun and music. Local filmmakers will have an exclusive opportunity to submit their entries for the 15th Annual Festival. Filmmakers that become members of Cucalorus on July 4th will be allowed to submit up to three films without paying an entry fee. The event will culminate in a Bike Parade from Jengo’s to the Cape Fear River to join ongoing downtown festivities and fireworks. Foundation membership provides discounts on festival passes, access to the Cucalorus film and video archives, newsletters and periodic e-mail announcements and invitations.

July 10th marks the regular deadline for submissions to this year’s festival. In 2008, Cucalorus received over 1000 entries from both aspiring and professional filmmakers from around the world. Filmmakers may go to to download an entry form that must accompany all submissions. Entries should be on DVD or VHS; any genre is welcomed. The entry celebration will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at Jengo’s Playhouse, home to the Festival’s offices, at 815 Princess Street. Cucalorus 15 will be held November 11-15, 2009.


DATE: Saturday, July 4th
TIME: 5:00 PM to 9:00PM
PLACE: Jengo’s Playhouse, 815 Princess Street, Downtown Wilmington

WHAT: Membership Drive for Cucalorus Film Foundation

Entry fee waived for up to 3 films to those who join Cucalorus Film Foundation

Visit for entry information and membership


The Cucalorus Film Festival began in 1994 and has since earned an international reputation for screening fiercely independent and innovative films. Hosted over five days in early November, the festival screens films in venues throughout Wilmington. A non-competitive festival (no awards of any kind are given), Cucalorus brings people together to celebrate, discover and create independent films. The festival was named by Time Magazine as one of the “Film Festivals for the Rest of Us,” and as one of the Top Twenty Events in the Southeast, by the Southeast Tourism Society. Cucalorus 14 screened more than 150 films and boasted attendance of 10,000.

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