NODA Film Festival


The NoDa Film Festival began in February 2006 with a free three-day festival celebrating African American cinema. It focused on great-but-underexposed African American films and filmmakers, including such acclaimed films as Daughters of the Dust, To Sleep with Anger, Chameleon Street, and Style Wars. The inaugural festival attracted over 800 people and was so successful that we now plan to offer film festivals three times a year.

Our second festival featured Great Asian Cinema in August 2006. It offered a four-day overview of this vibrant film culture and included everything from kung-fu classics to historical melodramas to modern masterpieces. Some of the highlights were the controversial Japanese action film Battle Royale, sensual Vietnamese drama The Scent of Green Papaya, and Yasujiro Ozu’s profound chamber piece Record of A Tenement Gentleman. Over 1,400 people attended the festival, proving that Charlotte wants a more vibrant film culture.

The NoDa Film Festival’s mission is to foster community by presenting high-quality cinema that is largely unavailable elsewhere. We aim to highlight great movies from throughout international film history and draw from multiple genres including documentary, foreign, vintage Hollywood, independent, experimental, and silent films. We hope to show that these films can be just as fun and relevant as the ones playing at the local multiplex. Thanks to a recent grant from the Charlotte Arts & Science Council, admission will remain free so that everyone can afford to enjoy the rich and exciting history of cinema.

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