Experimental Film Fest

The Experimental Film Fest 2023 is now accepting submissions on FilmFreeway. The festival is in beautiful New Bern, NC. You’ll love New Bern and the festival. The Experimental Film Fest is an inclusive, international festival focusing exclusively on experimental film.

The festival features free wine, beer, soda, bottled water, pizza, popcorn, and at least 20 of the world’s best experimental films. We have drawings for gift cards, T-shirts, and more.

Welcome to the Experimental Film Fest homepage. If you’re looking to submit films, please use Film Freeway. We use it exclusively for submission, tickets, and processing.

The festival is now located in New Bern, North Carolina, and is your haven for arthouse, avant-garde, experimental, silent, and exploratory films of all kinds. We are excited to see your work and encourage you to push the limits of cinematic media.

The Experimental Film Fest 2023 screening and awards date is September 23, 2023. The venue for the 2023 festival is Bank of the Arts 317 Middle St, New Bern, NC 28560. Watch here and our listing on filmfreeway.com for updates.


Submissions are open for 2023


2022 Awards:

Festival Winner – Dreams – Douglas Alves Ferreira – Brazil

Critic’s Choice – The Stream XII – Hiroya Sakurai – Japan

Audience Favorite – 30 Second Thoughts: Volume One – David Baeumler – US

Five Finalists:

MÓÐIR – Heidrik Heygum – Faroe Islands
Three Sisters – Lenny Gonzalez – United States
Good Listeners Anonymous – Stefan Kei DiMuzio – United States
Haptic Memory – Mike Enright – United States
Dream Hunters – Alma Mudrov – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Best Student Film: Are Dandelions Really So Bad? – Zach Robinson – United States

Honorable Mention:

Collage 38.2 – Luis Carlos Rodríguez – Spain
Are You Listening? – Jörg Schrezenmeir – Germany
Galaxias tou Gala – Colette Copeland – United States
Infusion No. 1 – Lauren Henschel – United States
30 Second Thoughts – David Baeumler – United States