Cucalorus Film Festival is officially cool


WILMINGTON, NC ( — For the third year in a row, Wilmington’s Cucalorus Film Festival has been named among the 25 coolest film festivals in the world by MovieMaker magazine.

The coolness of the festival, which will celebrate its 21st year of showing movies and throwing parties Nov. 11-15 (passes are now on sale), has been well-known in local circles for some time, but in recent years its legend has expanded well beyond the bounds of New Hanover County.

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“Cucalorus attendees brunch on boats (at midnight), drink moonshine and view 150 films over five days in quaint-meets-wacky Wilmington, North Carolina,” MovieMaker writes. The festival “maintains its distinctively daring tastes with risks that ‘always pay off,’” according to one member of the “panel of cool” that made the selections, adding, “All I can say is bonfires and karaoke — legit Southern hospitality.”

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