Cucalorus Film Festival seeks submissions for KIDS-A-LORUS

Always wanted to make a movie for the big screen? Now is your chance! Calling all KIDS!!!

The 16th Annual Cucalorus Film Festival is searching for films of all genres made by kids and for kids under the age of 18. Selected films will screen at KIDS-A-LORUS (a family-friendly event celebrating films by kids) taking place during the annual festival November 11-14, 2010 at the Wilmington Children's Museum.

Films must be 7 minutes or shorter. Entries are free and should include a dvd copy of the film and a list of the title, runtime, description of film, director's name, age and contact information. Submissions must be postmarked by Friday, October 27, 2010 and mailed to:

Cucalorus Film Festival


815 Princess Street

Wilmington, NC 28401

Happy Filmmaking!

Resident Artist wanted for Cucalorus 16!

Cucalorus Film Festival seeks resident artist/filmmaker for outreach programming. Spend November 7-13 in Wilmington, NC working with youth in the community. Resident Artist will develop and lead a hands-on filmmaking workshop for elementary students that will result in a 30 second short film or commercial. Artist also participates in Global Perspectives, a program of shorts for high school students and KIDSALORUS, a program of shorts made by kids for kids. To apply, please submit a workshop proposal, previous film work with youth, and a drawing of children in the future. Submissions can be sent to: Cucalorus Film Festival , Outreach Resident Artist, 815 Princess Street, Wilmington, NC 28401. Stipend and housing are included. Deadline for submissions is September 10th, 2010. Cucalorus brings people together to celebrate, discover and create independent films. The annual festival provides a non-competitive environment to honor and support filmmakers.

For more information on the Cucalorus Outreach program, contact outreach coordinator Jill Teft via email at

The Cucalorus Film Festival is sponsored in part by the City of Wilmington and the North Carolina Arts Council.

Past resident artist Khang Mai and the kids!

Pass-a-Lorus: Music, Movies, and Munchies

August 20th 7-10pm at Jengo's Playhouse

Passes for the 16th annual Cucalorus Film Festival will go on sale on August 20, 2010 as part of the foundation’s pass launch and early selections release party. Cucalorus will hold it’s 16th annual celebration of film from November 11-14, 2010 in the historic port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. Thousands of filmmakers and film fans from all over the world travel to Wilmington each fall for screenings, workshops and social events. The festival’s core venues include the recently restored Thalian Hall, City Stage Theater and Jengo’s Playhouse. Cucalorus staff will release a list of about 40 films, which have already been selected for screening at this year’s event. The final schedule of over 100 films will be released in early October.

The number of passes to the annual festival is limited, so film fans, cucalorus veterans and intrepid cultural explorers are encouraged to get their passes early. Cucalorus will host “Pass-a-lorus: Music, Movies and Munchies” at the foundation’s headquarters Jengo’s Playhouse at 815 Princess Street. Local band Jellyfish Kiss will play from 7-8pm followed by a screening of “Empire Records” (filmed in Wilmington 1994 and starring Liv Tyler and Renee Zelwegger) once the sun goes down.

Enjoy munchies from Cucalorus’ exclusive snack sponsor, Good Health Natural Products. The party is an excellent opportunity to reserve your pass early since last year they sold out in a flash.

Pass information is as follows:

Pegasorus Pass ($300): All-access VIP pass, no tickets necessary. Free entry to all screenings, workshops and social events (including the Kickoff Party, the Pegasorus Luncheon, and the Midnite Brunch). Also includes entry to the filmmaker’s lounge.

Festival Pass ($150): Fifteen tickets total to screenings of your choice. Up to four tickets per screening. Free entry to the Midnite Brunch and access to the filmmaker’s lounge.

Screening Pass ($75): Ten tickets total to screenings of your choice. Up to four tickets per screening.

Last year MovieMaker Magazine named Cucalorus one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” and The Brooks Institute called the fest one of the “Top 10 Festivals” in the US. In 2009, five films that screened at Cucalorus went on to receive Academy Award nominations. You’ll have to wait and see which independent films from around the world garner the Academy’s attention, as well as your own, but some of them may be in our early selections screening at the 16th Cucalorus Film Festival 2010. Come to Passalorus: Music, Movies, and Munchies to find out!

The Cucalorus Film Festival is sponsored in part by the City of Wilmington and the North Carolina Arts Council.

To Recap for ya:

WHAT: Pass-a-lorus: Music, Movies and Munchies
WHERE: Jengo’s Playhouse
WHEN: Friday, August 20 at 7pm to 10pm, music at 7pm, film at 8pm
HOW MUCH: Free entry for anyone buying a pass, $10 individual tickets
WHY: Get your pass for Cucalorus!

Tickets available at the door or at If you have questions contact Courtney at or (910) 343-5995.

Festival Update and New Staff Members!

Cucalorus Is Creeping Up

Can you believe it! Passes are now officially on sale and we've picked our first 66 films!!! To purchase a pass or to get started on your schedule for the festival early, visit Things are coming together and we hope to put on the best festival ever invented on earth. Keep checking in with us for more news on pass sales, ticket sales, and pre festival events! Don't forget to find us on Facebook! Also enjoy the new additions to our staff!

Staffalorus for Cucalorus 16!

Dan Brawley: Most of you know our faithful leader who has been with Cucalorus for over 10 years! BUT, did you know he won 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Film from the Greater Wilmington Business Journal?? You can find Dan answering many, many e-mails, playing with our new dog Dinky, or stilting on a clear day.

Courtney Young: You might have met Courtney last year when she filled the role of Media Relations Manager and rocked it! She in now our Development and Marketing Director. You can find her crafting thank you cards, wearing her sponsor cap, or riding her horse. If you have any sponsor ideas, let her know!

Courtney Bridgers: Former Social Events Coordinator turned Operations Manager, Courtney has been with Cucalorus for 3 years now. You can find her dreaming about space, watching Cucalorus films, and traveling to film festivals! If you want to volunteer this year, please let Courtney know!

Lexi Lefkowitz: Last year, Lexi took on the role as Workshop Coordinator for her first Cucalorus staff experience. Now, as our Programming Coordinator, she's in charge of every film that comes in our office! You can find her writing sticky notes, drinking Coca-Cola, and making films in her spare time.

Whitney Eanes: Whitney has been a fan of Cucalorus for many, many years and now she takes on the role of our Box Office Manager and Travel Coordinator. Find Whitney for your box office needs! You can find her organizing everything, hanging out at the beach, and going to shows all over the country!

Erin Sroka
: This will be Erin's second year working with Cucalorus. Last year, she worked as a Screening Coordinator and now she is our Magazine and Web Coordinator. A writer at heart, Erin was recently published in Oxford American. You can find Erin surfing, playing with Pugs, and writing.

Jill Tefft: Jill has joined our staff this year as the Outreach Coordinator. Jill will work with local organizations and bring films to suit their needs. She likes working with kids, playing with her miniature dachshund, and acting in her spare time.

Jane Vachon: Jane has recently settled in to Wilmington, NC and joined our team as the
Workshop Coordinator. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, you can find Jane hanging out with her dog Moxie, gardening and doing landscape design.

Joel R. Wells: Joel started as an intern for Cucalorus in 2006 and he's been hooked ever since! He now takes on the role of our Technical Director and we couldn't be more excited! Joel enjoys long walks on the beach, driving the Green Van and stirring up the Cucalorus office late at night.

Robert Redhead: Last year, Robert traveled from Atlanta to be a Screening Coordinator and this year he will be back in his boyhood hometown as Head of Screenings. You can find Robert hanging with his dog Greyson, raising his two daughters, and come November 11, holding a flashlight, a walkie-talkie and a clipboard.

Dinky: Dinky is the newest addition to the Cucalorus staff! She loves rolling in the dirt, chewing cups, and sleeping under Dan's desk. She is our mascot and you will see her around the festival!

**We are also starting our hunt for volunteers so e-mail a cover letter, resume and drawing of the future to!**

Love from last year's festival!