Introducing CONNECT

5 days celebrating tech and entrepreneurship 

Get your passes and make plans to Connect at Cucalorus!

View the entire Connect 2015 Lineup!

Cucalorus, long recognized as one of the "25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World," is diving into the world of venture capital and entrepreneurship with Cucalorus CONNECT. From November 11-15, Cucalorus invades historic downtown with a slate of 150+ events from films to panels with morning keynotes and endless parties.  Purchase your tickets and passes today.


Keynote Speaker: Galen Buckwalter

Keynote Speaker: Carlton Turner


Leading Innovators From Tech, Textiles & Brewing

Explore evolving technologies and economic trends

Key presenters include Galen Buckwalterthe founding chief science officer at eHarmony and creator of the technology behind the world’s most innovative relationship company; Chris Heivly, a founder of MapQuest and now a managing director of The Startup Factory in Durham, Tim Mather and Greg Avola, co-founders of Untappd, the hottest social media platform for craft beer junkies; Dan Tynan,  editor in chief for Yahoo Tech; Joan Siefert Rose, president of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development; and lead principals from the crowdfunding sites Kickstarter and Seed&Spark. 


Untappd on Tap

Legal Landscape of Brewing


Cucalorus Connect Schedule

50 events over 5 days: keynotes, panels, cocktail workshops, parties and more!

     • Wednesday through Sunday, November 11-15

     • Keynotes and panel discussions

     • Port City Pitch - new companies present their start-up aspirations

     • Thalian Hall, Ironclad Brewery and Bourgie Nights

     • Virtual Reality Lounge

     • Cocktail workshops and more!!!!


It's all happening during the 21st Cucalorus Film Festival.

Come see why filmmakers consistently rank Cucalorus among their favorite film festivals in the world.  Join the industry's rising stars and recognized talent for screenings of Narrative Features, Documentaries, Short Films and Works-In-Progress. Selections pull from favorites at Tribeca, Sundance, Cannes, Toronto and film festivals around the world.  Here's your chance! More than 260 screenings in all! 


As if that's not enough, special events will duel for your attention!

Thursday thru Saturday, Cucalorus steps into the future of entertainment with its first-ever Virtual Reality Lounge with the most mind-bending works in a rapidly emerging field.

On Saturday, a PlaceMakers Fair will showcase regional makers and their inventions with exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment, food and a tall bike jousting showdown.  Events are family friendly and follow the Saturday AM Kidsalorus screening of the heralded animated film Khalil Gibran's The Prophet an official selection at Cannes.

Visual/Sound/Walls is a multi-sensory exhibition of 37 music videos; “Bus to Lumberton” is an interactive production curated by Michael Arcos, and inspired by David Lynch’s landmark film Blue Velvet; and the Emcee Showcase, presents the talent that has long distinguished Cucalorus from other film festivals with performance artists including vocalists, dancers, spoken word performers, and comedians.

And the 10x10 Filmmaker Challenge pairs ten entrepreneurs and ten filmmakers to produce a short film over the five days of the festival, screening the results at the Connect Closing Party on Sunday afternoon.   




How to Attend

Passes are now on sale for Cucalorus Film Festival and CONNECT Conference. CONNECT shares dates and footprint with the Cucalorus Film Festival. Connect events are individually ticketed like regular festival screenings and events. Pegasorus passholders are granted access to all festival and conference events, no ticket required. CONNECT passholders are granted access to all Connect events, all social events and five festival screenings.


For More Information...

Contact the wonderful Margee Herring, Cucalorus Connect Coordinator. / 910.233.2466 

CONNECT Press Release 


 Cucalorus Connect Founding Partners