CineOdyssey Film Festival

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Tre' McGriff
Main Address

Charlotte, NC 28269
United States

What We Do
The CineOdyssey Film Festival was created to reflect and spotlight filmmakers of the African, Caribbean, Asian, Latino, and Native American diaspora. We also serve to expose varying demographics to filmography as a source of cultural iconography.The festival brings together an array of audiences – artists, activists, students, academics, and film aficionados, fostering dynamic conversations around the social issues presented in the films. Through workshops, panel discussions, celebrated guest speakers, and educational programming throughout the year, CineOdyssey Film Festival enlightens, empowers, and engages a broad audience of art lovers. In this, our sixth year, we have created a strategic vision to ensure not only intentional accessibility for all, but programming that serves to engage dialogue on a variety of community initiatives. We will have screenings of films and workshops specifically catered to under-served youth and families. We are excited to partner with a number of local area nonprofit organizations who serve this demographic, ensuring accessibility to the arts for those who may not otherwise receive this level of exposure. These organizations will receive VIP invitations to share with their clients and participants, allowing them to attend at no charge, as they focus on improving equitable opportunities through community empowerment, small business, and neighborhood revitalization. With an audience that represents a broad demographic spectrum and a wide range of gender, ethnic, and economically diverse backgrounds, the festival fosters provocative considerations around social issues that affect our community through film and discussion. The CineOdyssey Film Festival provides a unique opportunity to further support arts and culture initiatives, as well as economic and social mobility efforts through a captive economically and culturally diverse audience.
Interesting Info
  • CineOdyssey Film Festival named by QCity Metro as one of the "Best cross cultural events in Charlotte"
  • First and only film festival in NC to have submission category for films shot on mobile devices
  • In just five years, over 600 films have been submitted to the festival
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