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          5th Annual

   Bull City International

         Film Festival

         March 5-6, 2022

  SUBMISSIONS OPEN NOW

      

 

         

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BCFF 2022

The 5th Annual Bull City International Film Festival is scheduled for March 5-6, 2022. We are planning an in-person event as well as virtual options. Follow us on Facebook for updates throughout the year, and until then, we are looking forward to bringing wonderful films (and filmmakers) to Durham.

Submissions are now open via FilmFreeway. We accept submissions of feature films, short films and tv pilots. We also accept screenplays and stage plays.

Award winning screenwriters will be invited to be guests on the podcast, The Writers Room With Sam & Jim.

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BCFF’s mission is to develop, promote and sustain a film festival that supports new media and independent film making in North Carolina and around the world while engaging audiences with new cultural and entertainment opportunities. 

Our goal is to produce unique programming that showcases excellence in writing and filmmaking.

To maintain this we ask you to consider making a financial contribution to help further our commitment to storytelling.

 

 

OFFICIAL 2021 SELECTIONS

5 Feature Films and 25 Shorts!

Best Feature Film: Death Drop Gorgeous

Best Dramatic Short: On The Whistle

Best Comedy Short: David

A Savage Nature

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A seemingly perfect couple must defend themselves from home invaders, but secrets spill and double-crossings unfold throughout the night. (Reston, VA)

Electric Jesus

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An Alabama preacher's daughter runs off with a touring Christian hair metal band during the summer of 1986. Electric Jesus is a wistful coming-of-age music-comedy reminiscent of The Commitments, That Thing You Do, and Sing Street — a rock-and-roll movie about a band that never "goes all the way."  (Greenville, SC)

Monkey Beach

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 A young woman with magical abilities reflects on her life as she awaits news about her brother, who has gone missing at sea.

(British Columbia)

Death Drop Gorgeous

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A dejected bartender and an aging drag queen try to survive the eccentric and hostile nightlife of a corrupt city as a masked maniac slaughters young gay men and drains them of blood.

(Rhode Island)

The Colour of Spring

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As their relationship unravels, and a mysterious woman threatens to further tear them apart, Sarah and Sam are forced to confront the anger and hurt that they have built between themselves. (Nova Scotia, Canada)

Short Films: 

A Stranger Comes Home

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It's the night before Christmas Eve and a little boy discovers a burglar in his home. The burglar claims to be his estranged grandmother and she wants the boy to help her look for valuables. The boy however, is looking for something completely different. (Norway)

Gramps' Moving On

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Robert, a disinterested widowed grandfather, is convinced by his millennial grandson to try online dating. (New York)

David

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David needs help. So does David.
A severely depressed man reaches out for an emergency therapy session. But he’s not the only one who needs help. Stars Will Ferrell. (United States)

Gift

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A jaded alcoholic has his world view challenged by an unexpected act.  (North Carolina)

Your Last Day On Earth

A Fox-dressed man breaks the spacetime limits with only one goal: to spend some time with his wife. (Spain)

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Dolapo is Fine

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Severance

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Soon to leave her British boarding school and enter the working world, a young Black woman faces pressure to change her name and natural hairstyle. (United Kingdom)

When Freddy and Martin learn that the warehouse where they work is closing down, the news throws the two friends into a tailspin. (New York)

Blackwater

A Native American country singer is court ordered to 180 days of wellness therapy after 10 years of reckless alcoholism. (series pilot)

(California)

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Good Thanks, You?

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Would you tell your partner everything? Even the unspeakable? (United Kingdom)

Gwen

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A young newly married couple settle into their new apartment. When Eleanor's mother comes to dinner she realises that there's some things that she needs to face up to. (United Kingdom)

The Rotation

There is a war between two tribes on claiming the sun in the sky.

(Iran)

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Manasanamaha

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La Rafaga (The Gust)

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A young man muses on the nature of love, recounting three relationships from his past. The girls in his life resemble three different seasons, namely Chaitra (Spring), Varsha (Monsoon) & Seeta (Winter).  (India)

Weeks after Hurricane María devastated Puerto Rico, a lonely middle-aged man finds himself obsessing with his squatter neighbor, a young closeted and tormented athlete who insistently pursues his attention. (Puerto Rico)

The Killer of Grassy Ridge

Deep in the Shenandoah backcountry, a killer stalks for prey.

(Virginia)

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Odd Bird

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Witness

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Lancaster Park

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 A young man journeys back to his old country home to reveal a big secret. (California)

A mother helps an elderly woman in a shopping mall in Tehran. A tragedy occurs, brutally confronting her to the impact of her actions. (Iran)

A single mother assumes the worst of her daughter. After destroying what she believes to be incriminating evidence she becomes lost in the desert where she learns that not everyone is as they seem.

(California)

Heat Wave

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Zoey returns to her family’s Connecticut home for a family reunion, only to learn that the reunion has been cancelled and her father has left her mother. (Connecticut)

Monkey's Blood

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When Audrey- Shamborough's most miserable traffic warden- gives an illegally parked ice cream van a ticket... she unknowingly evokes the wrath of the violent local mafia, who soon embroil her in their mysterious plan!

(United Kingdom)

GREETINGS FROM SARAJEVO is a story of vengeance and possibly of redemption. (New York)

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On The Whistle

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A suburban basketball star struggles to impress the uncompromising coach at his new inner-city school.

(Connecticut)

The Quiet Shore

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An ALS-diagnosed artist and her husband contend with growing marital problems and diminishing time together over a weekend clinical visit. (Texas)

Wesley

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When a young boy encounters a troubled teen with a 3D printed gun the boy desires to possess one of his own. 

(California)

Genesis

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Genesis is an animated short film about being creative and loving what you create! Inspired by the book of Genesis.

(North Carolina)

A Tea Party for Sad People

When Ziva happens upon an invitation to a Tea Party for Sad People, she is drawn into a surreal Purgatory where sadness is sought for all the wrong reasons. (Australia) 

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Make a Tax Deductible Donation to BCFF

In order to continue bringing great films and filmmakers to Durham we need your support. 

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As a supporter of The Bull City Film Festival, you will: 

  • Encourage artists at all stages of their careers to take creative risks, experiment, and tell vibrant, diverse stories.​​

  • Join a vital community and have a direct relationship with the artists at the heart of it.

  • Ensure that the public can continue to have access to new work by keeping ticket prices low.

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