Saturday, January 28, 2023

Local film festival receives $25K grant from NEA

The multi-disciplinary Cucalorus Film Festival received one of 1,251 awards, totaling almost $28.8 million in the first round of fiscal year 2023. (Courtesy Cucalorus)

WILMINGTON — The National Endowment of the Arts is helping fund the 29th annual Cucalorus slated to take place later this year.

The local film festival will receive $25,000 from NEA’s Grants for Arts Projects. The money will support filmmakers and performers whose works will be shown at the Nov. 15-19 event.

The multi-disciplinary festival received one of 1,251 awards, totaling almost $28.8 million in the first round of fiscal year 2023.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects in communities nationwide,” NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson said in a press release. “Projects such as this one with Cucalorus Film Foundation strengthen arts and cultural ecosystems, provide equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, and contribute to the health of our communities and our Economy.”

The annual Cucalorus event will have 70 or so events, including film screenings and live performances in music and theater. It welcomes more than 200 global artists to the Port City annually. In 2022, they traveled from across 243 zip codes, Cucalorus announced in the release.

“Funding from the national level really inspires regional and local organizations to get involved and so the energy just builds every year from this announcement forward,” Cucalorus executive director Dan Brawley said the release. “[N]othing creates a more vibrant arts community than money in the hands of the bold storytellers.”


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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