Charlotte Film Festival Returns In-Person This Month


The Charlotte Film Society today announced that the 13th  Charlotte Film Festival (CFF) will take place in person October 13-17, 2021 at Ayrsley Grand Cinemas 14. The Charlotte Film Festival is excited to continue the tradition of the live, in person festival, featuring  the best of independent cinema, and local and regional premiere film screenings 

The festival will open on October 13th, 2021 with a screening of the upcoming A24 distributed film The  Humans written and directed by Stephen Karam (based on his Tony award winning play). The film stars  Richard Jenkins, Jayne Houdyshell, Amy Schumer, Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun, and June Squibb 

Synopsis: “Erik Blake has gathered three generations of his Pennsylvania family to celebrate  Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside and eerie things  start to go bump in the night, the group’s deepest fears are laid bare. The piercingly funny and haunting  debut film from writer-director Stephen Karam, adapted from his Tony Award-winning play, The  Humans explores the hidden dread of a family and the love that binds them together.” 

The festival will screen over 100 additional films, both short and feature length, from around the world  over the course of the 5-day festival. “We are excited to be back in person for our 13th festival and ready  to bring the Charlotte region some of the best feature and short films that are on the festival circuit” said  Jay Morong, Festival Director of the 2021 Charlotte Film Festival.  

The Charlotte Film Festival will also continue to use its festival footprint to highlight films from around  the world for social change, as well as educate and support excluded communities thru the presentation of  their stories. As always, the festival encourages its audience to “Discover Different”. 

Receiving a record number of film submissions from over 50 countries made narrowing selections  especially hard this year. Programming Director, Taylor Montalto, commented on this challenge by  saying, “This year, we had our largest amount of films submitted to the Charlotte Film Festival.  Narrowing down the record number of films was no simple task given the level of creativity from  filmmakers all over the world, I’m excited to share with our audiences our most diverse and eclectic slate  of films that I believe whole-heartedly embody our ‘Discover Different’ mindset.” 

Due to currently mandated Mecklenburg County policy, the festival will require all attendees to wear  masks at and during all indoor events and screenings that are part of the festival. Additional COVID  safety protocols may be put in place as the need arises due to changes in city, county or state mandates.

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