festival 2018 information

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                                                                    Design by Madeleine Richardson

opening night

The red carpet opening reception and screening will take place at the Masonic Temple, overlooking a spectacular view of downtown Asheville. Come dressed for a classy night and mingle with film professionals from all over the Southeast. Enjoy complimentary drinks and gourmet hors d'oeuvres throughout a screening of regionally produced short films.

Date: Friday, April 6th, 2018

Time: 7pm

Ticket Price: $18

Dress: To kill! What would you wear if you walked the classic Hollywood red carpet?

Raffle Items:

- 30 minute audition at The Actor's Center

- 10-hour day in The Asheville Studio (Asheville Camera, Grip & Lighting Rental)

- locally handmade jewelry & artisanal pottery

Location: The Masonic Temple

80 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801


Music & Film Workshop

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Calling all local filmmakers and musicians! It's time to meet each other and get some collaborations started. Filmmaker Kira Bursky and composer Robert Gowan have collaborated on 5 films in the last year. They will be hosting a filmmaker-composer collaboration panel with other local creatives where they will discuss their process, offer advice and answer any questions you may have. A short behind the scenes documentary of the making of the music on their most recent collaboration "Period.," as well as a few other films will be screened. A special industry guest may be Skyping in... stay tuned for more info. Afterwards there will be a filmmaker-musician networking mixer. Have a morning mimosa and get this collaboration party started!

Date: Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Time: 12pm - 1:30pm

Ticket Price: Free! Suggested donation of $5

Location: The Block off Biltmore


community night


A night to chill out with musically-inclined film artists and other media folk for a night of music videos, experimental shorts and originally scored films. Bear witness to the Nontraditional, the Strange, the Unbound in the heart of West Asheville. First 50 people in the door will receive one drink voucher.

Date: Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Time: 7pm

Ticket Price: $16

Dress: Anarchy! What would you wear to a Kurt Cobain concert?

Raffle Items:

- one 60 minute audition at The Actor's Center

- 50% off up to $500 value of rental gear at The Asheville Studio (Asheville Camera, Grip & Lighting Rental)

- $100 off any class at the Asheville School of Film

Location: The Mothlight

701 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806


Cat Fly Yogis!

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Join Cat Fly filmmaker and local yoga teacher, Andie Morgenlander, for a 45-minute yoga session that’s specifically geared towards releasing stress and finding your center as a creative. This session is open to all-levels of yogis, from those who only have a vague idea of what yoga is, to an individual who practices every day! After an EPIC weekend of creativity, collaboration and short film viewing, give your inner artist time to rest and refuel.  All are welcome!

Date: Sunday, April 8th

Time: 9:15am-10am

Ticket Price: Free! Suggested donation of $5

Location: Upcountry Brewing


Workshop guest speaker, MJ Slide: embracing failure in art

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My name is MJ Slide. I made my first feature film a month after I turned 22 for $2700 at a lake house in the middle of Oklahoma with 5 other humans. You can guess how well that turned out. Fast forward to 4 years later, I'm an accomplished Writer/Director/Producer/1st AD with two dozen other projects under my belt but that feature film, SIGHTLINES, hasn't left me alone. It's still Work in Progress. Just like me, just like my career, just like my collaborations. Its about embracing Humility and Hustle. Funny how Life and Art seem to reflect each other. The workshop is part screening, part anecdotal recall, and part Production crash course.

Date: Sunday, April 8th, 2018

Time: 2pm - 4pm

Ticket Price: Free! Suggested donation of $5

Location: Asheville School of Film


closing night

Tonight is about the cultures and places we come from as unique filmmakers. These films showcase the extraordinary settings in which they are made. From documentaries exploring foreign worlds that have impacted the filmmaker, to adventure films set in our Southern home turf, Closing Night appreciates the environments from which our art is born.

Date: Sunday, April 8th, 2018

Time: 6:45pm

Ticket Price: $14

Dress: Adventure! What would you wear while traveling around your favorite country?

Raffle Items: 

- 1 hour one-on-one coaching session with Kevin Patrick Murphy at The Actor's Center

- 50% off up to $500 value of rental gear at The Asheville Studio (Asheville Camera, Grip & Lighting Rental)

- $250 off gear rental at the Asheville School of Film

Location: Grail Moviehouse

45 S. French Broad Ave, Asheville, NC 28801



Do accepted filmmakers get comp tickets?

Each accepted film qualifies for ONE COMP TICKET to Opening Night and ONE COMP TICKET for a second night of their choice.


Can I buy tickets in bulk for my cast/crew or friends/family?

You may purchase multiple day passes or weekend passes during the checkout process. However, we do not offer discounted bulk rates at this time.


Do you offer press passes?

Yes, we are offering a limited number of press passes this year for Opening Night (April 6th). Please contact us at catflyindiefilm@gmail.com to reserve a press pass.


Where can I get tickets?

Day Passes and Weekend Passes are now on sale via the buttons on the top of this page. Hurry and buy your ticket before it's sold out!


What awards & prizes does Cat Fly offer?

Audience members vote to determine the receiver of the Audience Choice Award.

Cat Fly is a non-competitive film festival. We prefer to keep awards at such a minimum because the focus should be on the art of filmmaking. In fact, we believe that competition may even create an atmosphere of separation between filmmakers or add a dimension of hierarchy to the event experience. Our mission is to bridge the elements that separate us and to build a supportive community and an environment of encouragement.


Where can I submit my film?

Submissions for Cat Fly Film Fest 2018 are currently closed. When submissions are open, Cat Fly invites submissions of any film that is related in some way with the Southeast Region of the U.S. All submissions are conducted through FilmFreeway. Please read our Submissions page for more information.


How do I get involved?

Come hang out at the next Cat Fly event! Aside from experiencing Cat Fly, you can also get involved as a volunteer or sponsor. As a newborn non-profit, we always love to have extra help! Please visit our Volunteer page or our Sponsorship page for more information. 


Can I view the films online after the event?

Cat Fly does not host selected films on our website right now, nor do we link to them. We encourage those interested to come to Cat Fly to view the films and to meet the filmmakers in person.


Where can I submit feedback & suggestions?

We love to hear back from our sponsors, filmmakers and audience as to how we can better serve the community. If you have any further questions, ideas, comments or feedback, please don't hesitate to contact the Cat Fly team at catflyindiefilm@gmail.com.