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Cucalorus brings people together to celebrate, discover, and create independent films.
Cucalorus brings people together to celebrate, discover, and create independent films.
344 backers pledged $36,289 to help bring this project to life.

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Hey friends, we need your help!

We are hard at work planning for the 21st annual Cucalorus Film Festival and CONNECT Conference, November 11-15, 2015 in Wilmington, NC. Over the course of the five-day festival, we'll screen over 250 films and bring about 300 artists from all over the world to Wilmington to participate in an extreme movie chugging experiment.

New this year, the Cucalorus CONNECT Conference expands the festival's focus to offer panels, keynotes, and workshops showcasing visionary leaders who are using culture, technology, and creativity to transform commerce. We're rounding out the schedule with a host of social situations, innovative installations, and hangout hotspots.

YOUR support helps to make this all happen! The majority of your pledge will go directly to filmmakers, visionaries, and artists to enable their attendance at Cucalorus. Each year, we provide over $50,000 to artists for travel support. Every $300 we earn on Kickstarter allows us to bring an additional filmmaker to the festival. The rest of your pledge will be used to rent equipment to show movies and hold events.

Cucalorians are motivated by one simple purpose: to provide an intimate opportunity for artists and audiences to connect on their own terms. Cucalorus presents provocative works in a wide range of disciplines – bringing the most innovative humans together to conceive new works, launch new projects, and make new friends. Join us!

So what's in it for you?

Come to the festival! Buy discounted passes only on Kickstarter. We were recently named one of the "Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2015" by MovieMaker Magazine. So we've got that going for us.

Cucalorus swag. Get yourself lookin' right and rep your favorite film festival. Featuring bumper stickers, Freakers, tote bags, t-shirts, and posters!

Get VIP treatment. Our Kickstarter backers will get exclusive updates leading up to the festival. Plus pick up your Kickstarter rewards when you come to Cucalorus!

Limited edition Cucalorus 21 Freakers. Sweaty drink hands, never again!
Limited edition Cucalorus 21 Freakers. Sweaty drink hands, never again!

Party with us!

The campaign ends at our free Cucalorus Kickstarter Party! Count down to the final seconds of our campaign and get a little wild.
Tuesday, October 27 / 6-9pm
Ironclad Brewery / 115 N. 2nd St. / Wilmington, NC

Risks and challenges

Each dollar raised through Kickstarter is matched multiple times over by income from sponsors, entry fees, ticket sales, and grants that support the execution of a successful Cucalorus.

During the five-day festival and conference, we'll host over one hundred individual events at a host of intriguing locations. That's a lot of people and things to put in the right place at the right time.

Risks and challenges include technical mishaps, delayed flights, pimento cheese hangovers, box office mixups, a typo or two in the program guide, and popcorn breath. We've learned a lot about overcoming snafus in our twenty years as a film festival, and we're confident that we can handle the challenges and obstacles that lie ahead to bring you another year of high-quality film screenings and events.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    One dollar buys a frosty brew or a crafty cuctail for a visiting filmmaker in your honor. We'll pour some out for you!

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    Get a Cucalorus bumper sticker to trick out your ride! Your mom's Honda has never looked hotter. (Must pick up at Jengo's Playhouse, 815 Princess St.)

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    Say what?! Limited edition Cucalorus 20 screen printed poster, lovingly made just for you by Cucalorus staff and signed by Taylor Hamilton, the graphic genie behind your favorite greeting cards. (Must pick up at Jengo's Playhouse, 815 Princess St.)

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    Freak yo'self with a custom-designed Cucalorus 21 Freaker featuring our favorite tentacled monster, Jibasorus.

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    Backer's choice! Choose an official Cucalorus 21 totebag OR a Kidsalorus festival ticket package to three kid-friendly films of your choice.

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    Cover your hot little bod in an official Cucalorus 21 t-shirt! Appropriate for pool parties, dinners at the White House, and impressing your girlfriend's pants.

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    Choose from an official Cucalorus 21 screen print poster OR a Cuc' 21 totebag and Freaker! Snuggle your walls, belongings, and bottles in Cucalo luv.

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    Choose a Kickstarter-exclusive ticket package! Get five tickets to the program of your choice: Magnolia (fave films from the festival circuit), Convulsions (cinematic visions for the late night crowd), or our Icebreaker package (perfect for festival first timers).

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    Two tickets to the Cucalorus Kickoff Party at tekMountain on Tuesday, November 10! Sip on bourbon with cool cats and watch the pairings for the 10x10 filmmaking challenge.

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    Rock Cucalorus all day long with an official Cucalorus 21 t-shirt, tote bag, Freaker, and bumper sticker.

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    C-c-c-combo! Get an official Cucalorus 21 screen print poster, t-shirt, tote bag, Freaker, and bumper sticker!

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    Come to Cucalorus! Get your Digasorus festival pass here (10 tickets). Kickstarter exclusive offer.

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    Come to Cucalorus! Get your CONNECT Conference pass and have unrestricted access to all CONNECT events and parties. Plus tickets for five film screenings! This offer only available on Kickalorus yo!

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    Come to Cucalorus! Get your Megasorus festival pass here (15 tickets). Kickstarter only!

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    For our business and entrepreneur friends! Get one CONNECT pass with unrestricted access to all CONNECT conference events AND your logo on our website!

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    Wear Aaron Hillis' Pegasorus pass for an entire day! You know he won't be wearing it – so it's kinda like being Hillis for a day. Get the kind of royale treatment that only one of Brooklyn's most influential film freaks gets...breeze right into all of your screenings and party like a four legged furmonkey. There's only one Aaron Hillis, so there's only one of these. We promise you'll get more than you bargain for with the Hillis package...

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    Get a Fast Pass to our kickbutt Virtual Reality Lounge during Cucalorus! These seats are sure to be in high demand, so skip the lines and dive into multiple realities of curated Oculus content.

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    Come to Cucalorus! Get your all-access Pegasorus pass! Walk in no-strings-attached to all festival films, special events, CONNECT conference events, parties, late night shenanigans, and glitter bombs. You can only get this on Kickstarter you furry lovemonsters!!

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    Jengo's Playhouse is your private cinema for an entire night! Cucalorus staff will host a screening and shindig for you and up to 46 of your closest friends. Plus bonfires and badminton in Jengo's Backyard! You choose the movie, you bring the booze, and we'll do the rest. Must be used before July 2016!

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    For our business and entrepreneur friends! Two CONNECT Conference passes with all-access to conference events, your logo with link on our website, and social media shout outs!

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    Hey filmmakers! Missed the submission deadline? Really wanna come to Cucalorus? Pledge $500 and we'll screen your short film at Cucalorus 21! (Must be 3 minutes or less.)

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    Be a guest at your very own Pop-Up Cinema screening! Cucalorus staff will bring our inflatable screen to a backyard or empty lot near you and serve you up a night of cinematic excellence. (Screening location is subject to our approval. Must be used by July 2016.)

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    Three all-access Pegasorus passes and one Cucalorus 21 screenprint poster! Make lots of mems and have the poster to prove it.

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    Get four all-access Pegasorus festival passes. Yowza! You and your crew are gonna be taking over downtown Wilmington!

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    Hey budding entrepreneurs! Pledge $1,000 to secure your spot at our CONNECT RocketPitch during the festival. Pitch your business idea to local venture capitalists and maybe you'll get lucky!

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    Ohhhhh man! Six all-access Pegasorus passes for you (and five of your closest compadres)!!

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    Do you like luxury?! You and your closest friend, family member, or love interest get the authentic Cucalorus experience with two all-access Pegasorus passes, a hotel room downtown for four nights during the festival, an official Cucalorus 21 screenprint poster, and festival concierge service from our Programming Coordinator, Natalie Lentz.

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    Festival sponsor recognition at the silver screen level, which includes your name on the pre-screening slideshow shown before every event at Cucalorus! You'll also get four all-access Pegasorus passes and festival concierge service from our Programming Coordinator, Natalie Lentz.

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