A Festival of Experimental, Essay, First Person, and Artists' Film

Cosmic Rays is an annual celebration of non-commercial short films that extend the idea of film as art.

Cosmic Rays screens work that:

Experiments with the formal possibilities of film and video.
Explores hybrid forms and the hard-to-describe spaces between filmmaking modes and genres.
Speaks with a personal or poetic voice, or explores novel ways of telling stories.
Eschews convention and commerce.
Has utopian aspirations and weird friends.

Cosmic Rays is excited by filmmaking that expands our idea of what film is and what it can be.
Submit your film via our online form or through Film Freeway any time before Nov. 1st, 2017.

Join us for our inaugural film festival on March 1st and 2nd, 2018.

The festival will take place at the historic Varsity Theater in downtown Chapel Hill, NC.


Dates: March 1-2 2018.

Varsity Theatre
123 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514