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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