The Raleigh Film and Art Festival is an organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent filmmakers, artists, and audiences. Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film, painters and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.
As a champion and curator of independent stories for the stage and screen, Raleigh Film and Art Institute provides and preserves the space for artists in film, visual artists, theatre, film composing, and digital media to create and thrive.
Our Institute was founded in 2012 to foster independence, risk-taking, and new voices in film and art. That year, ten emerging creatives were invited to Raleigh Film Festival downtown venues in the City of Raleigh N.C., where they worked with leading painters, writers, directors, screening venues and actors to develop their original independent projects.
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We believe that a story driven by an creative individual, authentic voice can awaken new ideas that have the power to delight and entertain, push creative boundaries, spark new levels of empathy and understanding, and even lead to great social change. We support independent storytellers and advance the impact of their work in the world.
Born in USA, NC, in 1975, Christopher Terrell, became one of the greatest and most influential artists of this century and the creator of Artist Christopher Terrell Inc home of the Raleigh Film Festival, Raleigh Art Festival, Hustle & Flow Art School and First Friday Raleigh App. A American painter, sculptor, teacher, ceramicist and designer, Christopher is considered radical in his work. Having a long prolific career, he lives and creates in Raleigh, NC. The enormous body of Christopher work remains, a tribute to the vitality of the "disquieting" Oak City Native of NC who believes that art will keep history alive forever. For many years Christopher has devoted himself to artistic productions that contributes significantly to—and paralleled the entire development of—art advancement in the United States and world wide.