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The Cary Theater Seeks Screenplays & Short Films For BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival

Tuesday, 01 June 2021 09:00 AM

Town of Cary - The Cary Theater

CARY, NC / ACCESSWIRE / June 1, 2021 / The Cary Theater today announced its final call for submissions of independently produced short films and screenplays to compete at the 4th annual BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival. The festival is produced by the Cary Theater with short film blocks over four days as well as a screenwriting competition and filmmaking workshops.

Town of Cary - The Cary Theater, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, Press release picture

"We're excited to present the Town of Cary's hometown film festival again this fall and look forward to receiving a wide range of short film and screenplay submissions across all genres," said Robbie Stone, arts program and operations coordinator for the Town of Cary, and the festival's producer. "BEYOND is an opportunity to share Cary's Southern hospitality while presenting unique short films and exploring foundational aspects of the filmmaking process with creative workshops and networking opportunities."

Films and screenplays can be submitted online at

In year four, BEYOND will return to live screenings and filmmaking workshops, Oct. 7-10, 2021. The festival received a record number of entries in 2020 and successfully went virtual to screen 30 independently produced short films. BEYOND also included a table read for the screenwriting competition winner, and the festival's signature screenwriting masterclass taught by Golden Globe-winning writer-producer Joy Goodwin and feature film writer-producer Ron Thompson ("Rage in Harlem," "Deep Cover," "Hoodlum," "Sister Act 2."). Filmmakers also engaged with industry pros in virtual Q&As and workshops on documentary lighting and film scoring.

The 2021 festival will host written screenplay and short film competitions (works under 30 minutes) open to all genres with categories that include animation, documentary, foreign, narrative, women's, Black and LGBTQ focus.

"We're thrilled to provide cinema lovers with another year of exciting programming. Audiences can look forward to lively discussions with filmmakers about many topics, including our festival focus on screenwriting," said Stone.

Last year, the festival also presented its inaugural Beyond Ordinary Award to Josh Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell, honoring their acclaimed body of work and activism, including current Netflix documentary "Kiss The Ground," narrated by Woody Harrelson. Festival details are available at

About BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival

Hosted by the Town of Cary, N.C., BEYOND offers the sweetest Southern hospitality for creatives to celebrate short films and screenplays. The festival features stimulating workshops taught by professional screenwriters with an engaged community passionate about unique films. In the first three years, BEYOND welcomed writers responsible for: "Batman Forever," "Pompeii," "Encino Man," "Drumline," "Kiss The Ground," and more. The festival takes place in the heart of North Carolina with all activities occurring within walking distance of the historic Cary Theater.

Located at 122 E. Chatham St., the Cary Theater is an art house for cinema and live performances. Originally constructed in 1946 to serve as the town's first indoor cinema, the theater was meticulously restored in 2014 to create a vibrant space downtown for independent film, live music, comedy and improv, and other live events. The theater is owned by the Town of Cary and operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources.

The Cary Theater Located In Cary, North Carolina

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Media Contacts:

Scott Misner, The Cary Theater Media Relations, (919) 412-3886
Robbie Stone, Town of Cary, Arts Program & Operations Coordinator, (919) 460-4969
William Lewis, Town of Cary, Cultural Arts Manager, (919) 462-3861

SOURCE: Town of Cary - The Cary Theater

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