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Cucalorus lands on ‘coolest’ film festival list

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Photo by Katie McTiernan/ c/o Honey Head Films

MovieMaker Magazine has declared what many Wilmingtonians already knew: Cucalorus Film Festival is cool. The local film festival was amongst MovieMaker’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World for 2023 list, which celebrates festivals that rise above the rest in innovation, welcoming environments, and cool factor.

The “25 Coolest Film Festivals list exists because of festivals like Cucalorus,” says the magazine’s editor-in-chief Tim Molloy. “It’s the rare festival that has nothing to do with competition or heavy-handed networking. It’s all about art, love, and cool. Dan Brawley and the rest of the team cultivate a sense of support, inclusion, and curiosity – they truly love films, the more daring and inventive, the better – and if that sounds like you, this is probably your dream festival. It’s a nice bonus that it happens to be in a film town that’s both a place of cinematic legend and a hotbed of new projects.”

The twenty-ninth annual festival takes place November 15-19. A Song for Imogene by Honey Head Films (shown above during filming) opens the festival. For a full schedule, go to

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