popcorn, drink, and a movie reelIt’s Go Time!


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show must go on but not at the original venue. We are beginning again with the same line up at the Kinston Arts Council  at 400 N. Queen St, Kinston, NC 28501.  This change is being made to best serve our filmmakers and the community. Filmmakers watch your email for more details. Thank you for your consideration. It’s go time!

 ~The Festival Director and the DEFF Team

The screenings will take place in two different viewing spaces, we call the Veranda and the Savannah, within 126 North Queen Street on Kinston’s Magic Mile. This venue is situated right beside the historic H. Stadiem, a long-standing establishment in Kinston that has been catering to families in Eastern North Carolina for more than a century. Don’t forget to explore the shops and restaurants on Herritage Street, which is one block west of Queen Street, as well as the other streets that connect the two. Invitation only events and the Awards Ceremony will be held at  Outrun Media Group at 311 N, Queen Street,

Thursday:  DEFF Founders Meeting 6-9 PM

The screening lineup may change because some filmmakers still need to provide us with a download.

Friday: Cancelled 

Saturday Show times begin at 12:15

Come up to the Veranda. It’s upstairs, but no worries. There’s an elevator.

Block 1 | 3:45:16

Start Time | 12: 15 pm. Grab some lunch and come on in. 

Project Title Directors Run Time
Gimme Shelter Rob Underhill, Gauri Singh, Beverly Kegley 01:14:00
The Playmaker Hannah Bowmannbjhjkj 01:17:00
Save Our Soil Ayush Talukder 00:06:33
Charro & Steed (A Story of Mexican Rodeo) Matthew Keith Wagner 00:17:31
Wilderness Therapy Nate Wiggins 00:28:12
In Her Absence Clarke Phillips 00:22:00

Block 2 | 3:0:32

Start Time | 5:15 pm. Grab a date and come on in. 

Project Title Directors Run Time
A Real Life Quincy Moorer, 19 Pictures 00:12:54
The Bathtub Sergi Marti Maltas 00:19:15
Three Quarters Dave Harlequin 00:23:00
Hope of Escape Amy Gerber 01:32:00
A Momentary Stop Brittany Severance, Amelia McCarthy 00:12:31
Dear Brother Darin Barron 00:01:00
GOD’s CHILDREN Todd Bagley 00:09:54
Mozart Natalie Burchert 00:10:57

Block 3 | 3:49:10

Screenings at the Savannah.  It’s downstairs where all the action is.

Start Time | 12: 15 pm. Grab some lunch and come on in.

Project Title Directors Run Time
Are We There YET Marisa L.R. Prince 00:36:25
Facing Forward Abigail Dickinson 00:09:02
Her Name was Hester Brian Campbell 01:16:16
Facing Forward Abigail Dickinson 00:09:02
The Taking of Harris Neck | Documentary Short Kevin Mannens 00:39:50
Mustafa Pasha Yamulki a struggler for justice Horen GHAREEB, Hardi Qadir Ibrahim 01:07:37

Block 4 | 22:21

Start Time | 5:15 pm. Just come on in! You can eat later.

Project Title Directors Sub Categories Run Time
Beyond Skin Deep Stacey Larkins UN-Apologetic Drama 00:13:23
Led by Compassion Dave Garcia UN-Apologetic Documentary 00:08:58

Block 5 | 1:58:35

Start Time | 5:36. Just come on in! You’ll love the vibe.  

Project Title Directors Run Time
Cautionary Tale Christopher Zawadzki 01:27:00
Homer: Great Teller of Tales Amelia Cameron 00:12:22
Lovesong Camilla Zaidee Benett 00:15:09
Basement William S Davis 00:04:04

Saturday: Show times begin at 11:am

Start Time | 12: 15 pm. Grab some lunch, your friends and family. Come on in out of the weather.

Block 1 | 45:35

Animations and other films in this category are not necessarily geared towards children.

Project Title Directors Duration
Out of Control bellopropello 00:15:47
Dear Animal Younes Kafashian 00:09:40
Goose Jieun Park 00:01:59
The Ballad of Liquid Sky Jo Knorpp 00:03:34
Together Destiny DeJames, Jillian Dengate 00:07:29
The Republic of Wine Yuehang Li 00:07:06

Block 2 | 0:31:27

Project Title Directors Run Time
Another Kind of Courage – Short Version Lynn Estomin 00:07:00
Zhuyka/Cud Anne Ciecko 00:05:00
The Anxieties of a Reluctant Japanophile Justin Meckes 00:09:56
Sometimes They Come Back Cormac Culkeen 00:03:22
The Hollowed Stone Ockert Greeff 00:02:26
Invitation to Grief Shymala B Dason 00:03:43

Block 3 | 2:11:42

Project Title Directors Genre Duration
The Line Jumper Rob Underhill, Hugh Oyake Murchison Family Friendly 00:06:10
Gift Vince Eisenson Faith-based 00:08:26
The Mentor Ebony Shontee’ Anderson Family Friendly, Student 00:39:55
Night Voices Bradley Hawkins Faith-based 00:23:59
Amphilochios: Saint of Patmos Thomaida Hudanish, Timothy Patitsas Documentary, Faith- based 00:30:09
I’m Sorry Jordan Ebony Anderson Family Friendly 00:23:01

Block 4 | 2:39:04

Project Title Directors Run Time
Let It End Here Michael Helms 00:41:09
Werner Herzog Saves TAXI DRIVER John Stevenson 00:13:24
The Lobster Shift John Caudill 00:17:31
Outed Blake Arthur (David James Senft) 01:27:00

Block 5| 2:23:43

Project Title Directors Genres Run Time
A Real Life Quincy Moorer, 19 Pictures Drama, Horror 00:12:54
Late Sleeper Peter Morris Hardy Horror 00:03:35
THE SIGNAL – CASE #CE2-09031996-252 Raymond Wallace Science Fiction 00:14:21
I WAS THERE Chi Jang Yin Experimental 00:14:09
A Man That Once Walked This Earth Dimitri Hale Experimental 00:09:41
Cart Return Matt Webb Horror 00:03:42
The Pencil Thomas Calvin Schultz Horror 00:10:24
The Beholder Sergio Burgos Horror 00:05:00
a rolling stone gathers no moss Jolinna Li Experimental 00:15:37
TOAST Travis Kane Price Horror 00:07:18
Opus One: Pocket Index Zion Figueroa Feliciano Fantasy or Speculative 00:13:05
Everythingeater Maximilian Schmidt Horror 00:15:56
Zero Coordinates Nima Valibeigi Experimental 00:18:01