The Nevermore Lineup is Here!

January 25, 2021 by Hanna Mercer

Lineup Announced For 22nd Annual Nevermore Film Festival (Feb. 26-Mar. 4); Tickets on Sale Now

DURHAM, NC (January 25, 2021) — Celebrating 22 years of scaring, thrilling and entertaining audiences in North Carolina, the Nevermore Film Festival will be held online only from Friday, February 26 through Thursday, March 4. Produced by Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. the festival is organized by a group of dedicated volunteers, including Carolina Theatre Senior Director of Film Programming Jim Carl, who have programmed a virtual edition of Nevermore for fans who want to experience the annual festival at home.

In 2021, Nevermore was named a “Top 100 Best-Reviewed Film Festival” by the online platform FilmFreeway and “One of the Best Horror Film Festivals in the World” by Dread Central.

This year’s edition marks the first time that the festival will be all-virtual. More than 360 submissions were received for consideration, but only 72 were selected by the 22-member jury. The lineup includes six world premieres, four United States premieres, and more than 50 North Carolina premieres. Sixteen countries are represented in the lineup, from Australia to the United Kingdom, and two films were shot entirely in North Carolina.

“Nevermore is an important and popular annual event for so many people,” Carl said. “Despite the pandemic, we were determined to not disappoint the fans. As a result of going virtual, more fans than ever will get a chance to experience the festival. We’ll be accessible to people in the surrounding states, not just North Carolina. Even better, we were able to program more films than we traditionally could in a three-day event.”

In addition to North Carolina, Nevermore will also be available to stream in the following states: South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, District of Columbia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Once films unlock on February 26, viewers will have seven days to watch a movie and three days to finish watching once they begin. Films purchased in advance of the film festival will unlock for viewing on February 26.

Individual film tickets and All-Access Passes are on sale now. Tickets to individual film viewings are $10 plus tax and fees. All-Access Passes, which enable guests to view all film programs, cost $80 plus tax and fees. The Carolina Theatre Box Office will not sell any tickets or passes to this event. Tickets can be purchased at the venue’s website:

The festival lineup includes eight shorts blocks and 11 feature-length films. For the first time, Nevermore has programmed a shorts block comprised of films directed by women — entitled “Femme Fatales” — as well as a shorts block comprised solely of 2021’s Jury Award-winning short films, entitled “We, The Jury.”

Despite being virtual, fans will be able to participate in Nevermore’s ever-popular Audience Awards. After watching a feature or short, fans will have the option to vote for their favorites in the following categories: Best Picture, Best Long-Form Short, Best US/Canada Short, and Best International Short.

Nevermore has also now announced the winners of the 2021 Jury Awards for Best Picture(s) and Short(s):

BEST LONG-FORM NARRATIVE SHORT – “Exit” (Russian Federation)

BEST SHORT – INTERNATIONAL – “The Last Men” (France)

BEST SHORT – US/CANADA – “The Relic” (United States)

BEST COMEDY SHORT – “Tea Time” (United States)

BEST PICTURE – US/CANADA – “A Ghost Waits” (United States)

BEST PICTURE – INTERNATIONAL – “An Ideal Host” (Australia)


Jury Award nominations in the Directing and Acting categories have also been announced. Winners will be announced on the festival website on February 8. For a full list of nominees visit the festival website and click on the “Jury Awards” tab.

North Carolina filmmakers whose films will screen at Nevermore include director Clayton Witmer who, along with a group of University of North Carolina School of the Arts grads, shot the feature-length film, “The Arbors” in Winston-Salem and Germanton; and director Christopher Moore, a Nevermore alumni, who shot the short film, “Backward Creep.”

See a full schedule of Nevermore Film Festival film and short capsules at


About Nevermore Film Festival:
The Nevermore Film Festival is a juried competition festival which programs brand-new genre films from around the world. The festival seeks submissions for horror, science fiction, mystery, thriller and action-adventure films and shorts. It has gained an international reputation as one of the premiere genre festivals in the United States.

About Carolina Theatre:
Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization managing the city-owned Carolina Theatre at 309 W. Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701. Carolina Theatre of Durham, Inc. mission is drive the cultural, educational and economic vitality of the region. To explore more, see


For more information, please contact Jim Carl at