Bringing excellent films to the mountains.
And to the great city of Asheville.
Packed house at the Asheville Cinema Festival. Only 3 months away!
2014 submissions are open! You can submit your film by mail or online
Asheville Cinema Festival
46 Haywood St. Suite 354
Asheville, NC 28801
REGAL BILTMORE GRANDE 15
Both the November 7th Opening Day and the November 10th Best of the Fest screenings will be held at the Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium in Biltmore Park.
ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY THEATRE
ACT will be the central Downtown screening venue for the Asheville Cinema Festival. After six decades of high-quality performances, ACT is the oldest continuously operating theater in Asheville as well as one of the oldest community theaters in the nation. Film legend Charleton Heston and his wife were artistic directors at ACT before moving to Hollywood and launching his incredible career. The main theater is named in his honor.
Constructed in the early 1900′s, the Mt. Hermon Masonic Lodge recently opened its doors to the public. Its history is rich and storied as it was designated a bomb shelter in the 1950′s and a free hospital to African-Americans during times of civil unrest. This Downtown landmark was a huge hit at the 2011 Festival for being an extremely unique venue to watch films. Renovations were just completed making the Lodge one of the most beautiful event spaces in Western North Carolina.
The Altamont Theatre has partnered with the Asheville Cinema Society in 2014 by offering dinner the evening of the films at a 15% discount at The Green Room next door. The set up in the auditorium is such that our audience can partake in drinks while enjoying the film. Altamont will also be a new venue for the festival this year.
Our 2011 Opening Night Film, "The Artist" was the first time the film had been shown in the United States after a incredulous opening internationally. Following the Asheville Cinema Festival, “The Artist” was released across the United States a few short weeks later and received strongly positive reviews from critics and won many accolades. Dujardin won the Best Actor Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered. The film was nominated for six Golden Globes, the most of any 2011 film, and won three: Best Motion Picture, Best Original Score, and Best Actor. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won five, "The Artist" went on to become the most awarded French film in history.
After four years of great success, the Asheville Cinema Society (ACS) returned for its 5th Season in March of 2014.
Best described, ACS is an independent film society that will screen films over nine months starting in March through November; culminating with the Asheville Cinema Festival scheduled for November 7-9, 2014.
The Asheville Cinema Festival (ACF) is a natural progression for the society. Successfully completing its third festival in 2013, ACF screened high quality films, a popular shorts program and educational documentaries. Many of the filmmakers attended the festival to participate in the Q&A’s after the screenings. In addition to over 40 films shown during the festival, there were also several workshops for more in-depth discussion on a variety of film making subjects. ACF boasts of being able to secure and screen “The Artist” in 2011. “The Artist” went on to win the Academy Award for best picture of 2011. Prior to their national release in 2012, ACF screened “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Quartet,” both in contention for 2012 awards.
In 2013, ACF kicked off the festival with "August: Osage County" and concluded with "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts received Academy Award nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for their performances in "August: Osage County." "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song and won Best Original Song at the 2014 Golden Globes.
Our mission is to bring exceptional independent films of all genres that will not play in local theaters. Sometimes we will showcase bigger films before they will screen in Western North Carolina. We offer ACS Memberships to our seasons creating a large, dedicated group of people that attend screenings of films they would probably never get to see. Besides getting to see great films, the members really enjoy the intelligent discussion Q&As after each film with the filmmakers and special guests we bring in. As one member wrote us, “It’s not just going to the movies. It’s an enriching experience and unlike anything else in the area.”
Our 2012 opening night film, “Silver Linings Playbook,” premiered at the Asheville Cinema Festival on November 1st, 2012 prior to its release across the United States on November 16th, 2012. This film opened to major critical success and has since earned numerous accolades. It received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Russell, in addition to achieving the rare feat of being nominated in all four acting categories. Jennifer Lawrence’s outstanding performance earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress, which she also won at the Golden Globe Awards and the Screen Actors Guild.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments.
Please let us know if you would like to volunteer at this year's festival! The Asheville Cinema Festival wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and support from our gracious volunteers each year. We would love for you to help out and to see some excellent films!