Submit a Film!

Real to Reel's 2022 Call for Entries is open! If you are interested in submitting a film to R2R, there are several ways to submit. Online submissions are accepted through You can also submit using R2R's own application form, which is available below. Our deadlines for the 2022 Festival are listed below.



Early Bird Deadline - February 4th, 2022

Films by children 14 & under: $5
Student/Amateur: $20

Professional: $40


Regular Deadline - March 4th, 2022

Films by children 14 & under: $10
Student/Amateur: $25

Professional: $50


Late Deadline - April 15th, 2022

Films by children 14 & under: $15
Student/Amateur: $30

Professional: $55

Extended Deadline: May 13th, 2022
Films by children 14 & under: $20
Student/Amateur: $35

Professional: $60



For deadline extension waivers please email:


Notification Date - July 1st, 2022


• Documentary

• Feature Length (Over 61 minutes in length)

• Shorts (Under 60 minutes in length)

• Animation



Monetary awards are presented to best Professional film and best student/amateur film in each category in each of the four categories listed above. We also give monetary awards in the Best of Festival and Audience Choice categories.

• (1) Best of Fest

• (4) "Best of Category" Professional Awards

• (4) "Best of Category" Student/Amateur Awards

• (1) Audience Choice
• (1) Best of North Carolina Award

*R2R reserves the right to add, alter or eliminate categories based on the availability of qualified entries.


Important Stuff

Each submitted film is watched by at least three selection committee members— no exceptions.

*Filmmakers who submit digital versions of their film for preview MUST send us a DVD or Blu-ray copy if they are notified that their film has been selected to screen at the festival!

*Students please include a copy of student ID

We are equally happy to receive your submission directly using the form below. You may send a check with your submission or use the PayPal button below.
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Mail to: Real to Reel Festival
c/o Cleveland County Arts Council
111 S. Washington St.
Shelby, NC 28150


Early Deadline
From our filmmakers!

"The REAL TO REEL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is, without question, one of the best film festivals on the circuit, and is certainly well worth the entry fee. The venue is technically great, and the festival patrons are open to creative even controversial treatments of various social issues. It's also one of the few festivals that offer a cash award for Best Film -- very rare, indeed. I can't say enough positive things about this excellent competition, really. AND, if you're limited in how much $$$$ you've got for marketing your work on the festival circuit (and who isn't ?), REAL TO REEL is a clear "must enter." You won't find a more receptive showcase for your hard work!"
- Bob Pondillo

​"The team at Real to Reel knows what they're doing! This thoughtfully produced festival supports filmmakers and the community around Kings Mountain, North Carolina by screening remarkable films! If you weren't inspired to social activism before this year's event, you are now thanks to 'In Pursuit of Justice,' which left me reeling and wanting to help make a change.
Thanks to all the organizers and especially Violet Dukes who helped me feel welcome. You all put on a fun and meaningful event and outdid yourselves on the afterparty which was truly enjoyable and cozy and BEAUTIFUL (special kudos to the lighting team)!
I definitely would recommend this fest and hope to return in the future as a filmmaker with a screening or simply as a lover of good film." - Emma Keehan
"We had a great time in Kings Mountain at R2RFF. They have an awesome venue. The staff and volunteers are helpful and engaging. And the audience was great - they stuck around for our Q&A, asked great questions, and really appreciated our film.
They program a wide variety of films. I highly recommend giving R2RFF a try!"
- Gregg Jamback
​A HUGE "thank you" to Violet and her staff for pulling off this festival during these trying times. The communication and organization were excellent. We hope to meet in person next year!
- Pat Battistini
"The Real to Reel International Film Festival and the staff in charge have been great to work with. Their communication before and during the online festival has been outstanding. Unfortunately this year's festival went all online due to Covid-19 but it's been great watching the films from home and sharing some with my kids. I would highly recommend their festival to everyone!"
- Chris Hudson
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