The Local Community
What film schools are in North Carolina?
Asheville School of Film
A non-degree film school offering a variety of hands-on 8 week and 4 week courses, as well as weekend seminars and workshops.
University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking
Ranked among the best film schools in the country, the filmmaking school at UNCSA knows that you won't become a filmmaker by sitting in a classroom.
Western Carolina University Film and Television Production Program
All Film and Television Production program (FTP) faculty have worked extensively in the film and television industries. They teach not only the art and technique of filmmaking but the real world skills and attitudes necessary to succeed as well.
- Asheville School of Film
What film festivals are in town?
Cat Fly Indie Film Festival
March 31 - April 2, 2017.
Asheville Jewish Film Festival
April 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2017.
Music Video AVL
April 19, 2017.
90-Second Newberry Film Festival
April 22, 2017.
48-hour Film Project
June 16 - 18, 2017.
Asheville Film Festival
September 16, 2017.
5Point Adventure Film Festival
2017 dates TBD.
Twin Rivers Multimedia
Already over for 2017.
Frame + Form | Screen Dance Festival
Already over for 2017.
- Cat Fly Indie Film Festival
What movie theaters are in town?
Asheville Brewing Company
All tickets are just $3 for all shows.
675 Merrimon Avenue
AMC Classic River Hills 10 AKA Carmike Cinema 10
Cineplex with 3D & jumbo digital screens showing first-run films, opera productions & sports events. $5 Tuesdays: You do have to be a rewards card member, which is free, and you have to buy tickets at the box office.
121 River Hills Rd
Cinema showing first-run and indie films plus football, with a full bar and lounge. $5 2D Tuesdays. Pro tip: buy yourself an e-gift card and you can avoid the fees.
1640 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803
Fine Arts Theatre
Easygoing cinema showing 1st-run, art & independent films in an art deco/modern setting. $6 Tuesdays.
36 Biltmore Ave
The Grail is a locally owned and operated three-screen cinema downtown, screening first run, independent, classic and local films in a comfortable setting. Concessions feature delicious local snacks and drinks. Asheville Film Society Screenings every Tuesday and Thursday.
45 South French Broad Avenue, Suite 130
Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15
I-26 & Long Shoals Rd
- Asheville Brewing Company
What production companies are in town?
Note: Descriptions written by the companies themselves.
All Around Artsy Productions
Narrative film and music video production company specializing in capturing the magic and whimsy of brands and artists. Striving to provoke and instill wonder one video project at a time.
Amplified Media is a professional Video and Photography firm located in beautiful Asheville NC. We specialize in creative visual storytelling with an authentic and genuine approach.
Angry Unicorn Entertainment
Located in Asheville, we are a film and video production company. We create shareable stories over a variety of outlets including theatrical, broadcast, and web. Our award-winning video production and photography covers a range of genres. Owned and operated by filmmaker Katie Damien.
Bonesteel Films is a team of video craftspeople. Their boutique specializes in authentic branded content with a focus on real stories and real people.
Brave Sir Media
We are a classically-trained professional video production house serving Asheville, NC and surrounding areas. We specialize in 4K aerial cinematography & photography, real estate photos & video, indie films, commercials, documentaries, music videos, and more! Federally-Certified and Fully-Insured
Brother Blue Studio
We are Brother Blue, and we are Storytellers. We utilize our background in Hollywood-style filmmaking to craft powerful videos and photos that tell your story. We create cinematic commercials, music videos, documentaries and corporate videos. We shoot automotive, fitness, portrait and nature photography.
We at Fesiuk Films are storytellers. When it comes to our work, we spend extra time creating & capturing details that will best portray our clients vision. To us, it is not about quantity but the quality in our finished projects.
Film, Image and Sound Co - Asheville's most mind-blowingly awesome video production guys. Brand & Marketing films, Commercials, Reality TV, Documentary, News and Film. Go ahead - make a scene.
Full video service production company. Experienced in producing high quality 4k music videos, documentaries, reality, commercials and narratives.
Production studio for photography, video/TV/Film, interactive workshops & events and inclement weather shoots. We have 25'ceilings and two shooting areas: 24'H x 24'W cyc wall (infinite wall), Multiple other walls and curtains, Large hair/make-up dressing room, Truck height loading dock, Staging areas, Elevated client lounge (to watch and photograph behind-the-scenes shots) = Total space size 30'W x 66'L x 30'H. We have a vetted list of accommodations, pro-lighting, camera/lenses, stylists, catering services, ancillary support services to support almost any size shoot. We are located at the Mills on Riverside Dr. Walk out of our studio door to enjoy the coffee shop, paddling and cycling adventures for you and/or the family.
Rock Creek Productions
Rock Creek is an award winning, full-service film, video and media production company. We’re dramatic storytellers who are committed to creating innovative, high-quality and professional programs for broadcast, commercial, non-profit, documentary, corporate, government and web-based clients. We have the creativity, versatility, and expertise to handle any project, large or small. Our experienced in-house staff and comprehensive production capability enables us to respond quickly to our clients’ needs, to offer competitive pricing, and to field multiple production units simultaneously. We have a proven ability to turn projects around effectively and efficiently, on-time and on-budget.
Seeds Music and Sound Design for Film
With over 100 songs in our music library, license a track now, or hire us to compose a new song from scratch. We work with all budgets, and will donate the majority of our fee for good causes. Please contact us and let us know what you're working on so we can help you make something great.
Solis Films is a full service video production studio specializing in creating innovative film, TV, and commercial content. Our passion is creating unique visions with vivid visuals from pre-production to delivery. With backgrounds in film and marketing, we create emotional stories that speak to the heart and transform the mind.
Three Flames Productions
We are a Production Collective of film, television, web and digital creative professionals who look beyond the confines of tradition to tell your story.
Trust Fall Productions
We're two best friends with a background in the arts, we work hard, we're professional, we love everyone we come across and we're easy to work with. Above all we're storytellers, we get to the heart of the subject and highlight that. We produce all things video; promos, commercials, etc. You need something shot, we'll shoot it. Except live events.
VidMuze Aerial Cinema
VidMuze Aerial Cinema, LLC is a team of filmmakers who love the challenge and thrill of capturing cutting edge cinematic images through the use of drones and motion picture cameras for films, commercials, music videos, television and the web. Our focus is not only on the technology and tools of flight, but on capturing high quality content that captivates your audience.
- All Around Artsy Productions
What other resources are in town?
The Actor's Center of Asheville
Dedicated to helping students better understand the craft of acting on a professional level. Students explore their potential through scene study, improvisation, character development and much more. The Actor's Center of Asheville offers Acting classes, Audition shooting & coaching, workshops, and One on One Private Coaching for film, television, commercials, industrials, in addition to the stage. The Actor's Center Of Asheville is lead by Instructor and professional working actor, Kevin Patrick Murphy.
104 Eastside Drive, Black Mountain
Asheville School of Film
Focused on providing affordable, short term classes in various filmmaking subjects. Our goal is to provide quality, concise information and experience for those with a general interest in filmmaking and for all skill levels.
45 South French Broad Ave, Suite 120
Ball Photo Supply Camera Center
A camera store serving WNC for over 50 years.
Innsbruck Mall, 85 Tunnel Rd
Mechanical Eye Microcinema
Mechanical Eye Microcinema is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating an inclusive community of empowered voices by providing equitable access to moving image screenings, education, and resources.
The Refinery, Suite 22
NYS3: The Meisner Conservatory for the Southeast
This shut down in late 2016.
Refinery Creator Space
AKA The Refinery. A space for artists to work, collaborate, and grow their creative businesses.
Screen Artists Co-op
Screen Artists Co-op is a collective of professional actors working together to achieve success in screen acting. The Co-op is a service provider for audition taping, headshots and a series of acting courses designed by founder and mentor Jon Menick, an actor in the LA and NYC markets for 35+ years. Courses such as Blocks and Fears, Persona, Dialects, Character and Script Analysis, to name a few, as well as practicums in Auditioning Technique, break down and rebuild the skill set of the actor to attain the goal of working in the Southeast Region and beyond. Professional Actress Jennifer Gatti, who most recently held a recurring role in the HBO series Vice Principals, and has dozens of screen credits throughout her years as an actor, is the Co-op's Scene Study instructor. Classes are held in three blocks each year (excluding the summer) for 8-10 weeks per session.
2002 Riverside Drive, Suite 42P
Screen Artists Talent
Screen Artists Talent believes strongly in the process of branding and marketing the personal essence of the actors we represent. As your agent, we will take the time to get to know not only your skills, talents and personality as an actor, as well as the real person behind it all. We will utilize everything we discover about who you are to ensure that you are thoroughly and realistically represented in the world of professional screen acting. Screen Artists Talent is a boutique agency in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
2002 Riverside Drive, Suite 42P
- The Actor's Center of Asheville
What resources are there online?
Reviews of new theatrical, DVD and streaming titles, plus essays on film and TV and interviews with local and national film industry figures. Free tickets to Grail Moviehouse are given away each week on the Asheville Movies Facebook page and the accompanying Patreon pledge site features such rewards as tickets to Asheville Brewing and the Fine Arts Theatre.
Asheville Video Alliance
A North Carolina non-profit corporation comprised of local filmmakers, editors, actors, and others focused on making a difference within the community.
A place to post audition and performance reminders.
Asheville Artists' Network
This is a group for Asheville artists, arts-world professionals, and enthusiasts. It's a place for us all to keep in touch with what's happening in the arts world, to ask questions, and to support each other.
Asheville Audition & Casting Notices
A central place for casting and audition notices in and around Western North Carolina.
Asheville Filmmakers Group
This group is for anyone interested in the production of movies and videos in the Asheville, NC area.
Asheville School of Film
Business page that post various film related events and articles.
WAX - West Asheville Exchange
This is a place for community discussion, things for sale, and discussion on Asheville topics. Could be a good resource for finding extras.
Western North Carolina Film & Theatre Community
Mission is to show both the major/indie film industry that Western NC has talent in actors and production crew.
Western North Carolina Filmmakers Co-op
To unite and encourage independent filmmakers and increase the quantity and quality of productions from Western North Carolina.
- Asheville Actors
Actors & Crew
Where can I find actors and crew?
Our Actors page! The very next thing for this site will be to build a similar database for crew.
Acting agencies in the area:
- Asheville: The Actor's Center of Asheville and Screen Artists Talent
- Charlotte/Raleigh: Bold Talent and Carolina Talent Agency
- Greenville: Above the Line Talent and Millie Lewis
- Hickory: Brock Agency
As for sites, these are some I know of, though I can't speak to their efficacy:
The Mountain Xpress also has an Auditions section of their Community Calendar that you could try.
And finally, you can always try sticking flyers around town, but this is the least effective method.
Who offers rentals in town?