The Indepedent Picture House Mission

Non-profit community cinema that screens diverse, foreign, arthouse & independent film in Charlotte, NC.

Charlotte Film Festival Mission

We strive to bring the most innovative independent cinema to Charlotte, NC for our festival patrons and film enthusiasts from neighboring states. The Festival has evolved, but what remains consistent is our mission to “DISCOVER DIFFERENT” and to provide the highest quality festival experience for filmmakers and audience members alike.

About Us

Founded in 1982, the Charlotte Film Society continues to serve as a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a choice in movie going experiences. The Charlotte Film Society’s primary mission is to bring foreign, classic and independent films to Charlotte that might not otherwise come here. Our belief in supporting alternative cinema continues to grow and expand through our Saturday Night Cine Club, Back Alley Film Series, and Charlotte Film Lab as well as other special film screenings and events offered throughout the year.

In 2016, the Charlotte Film Society was granted 501 (c)(3) non-profit status but was founded as non-profit from the beginning.

Additional support for the Charlotte Film Society was previously provided by Knight Foundation, which supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. Visit: for more information.

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Our Board Of Directors

The Charlotte Film Society is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization formed to bring alternative cinema to the Charlotte metro area. Our board members are all volunteers who serve without compensation. The organization operates by generating revenue from membership dues and donations.

Our History

The Independent Picture House is opening June 24th in Charlotte, NC! IPH will be operated as Charlotte’s only arthouse dedicated to screening independent film. The community cinema is operated by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Charlotte Film Society. The film society has a rich history of screening foreign, independent, and classic films for over 40 years that would not otherwise screen in the Charlotte metro area. Our non-profit also manages the Charlotte Film Festival, Charlotte’s premiere annual film festival, which just completed it’s 13th edition in October 2021. We can’t wait to make IPH the home of the Charlotte Film Festival in fall 2022.