Jury Awards Best of the Festival: "The Imitation Game"

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers (Keira Knightley) at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. The film spans the key periods of Turing’s life: his unhappy teenage years at boarding school; the triumph of his secret wartime work on the revolutionary electro-mechanical bomb that was capable of breaking 3,000 Enigma-generated naval codes a day; and the tragedy of his post-war decline. To purchase tickets with your credit card in advance, please use our new online payment portal.


Best Narrative Short: "Self Offense"
Best Narrative Feature: "Commencement"

Christa Richmond graduates valedictorian from a prestigious university and in the next 36 hours of her life, Christa’s real education begins. Commencement is a funny, romantic and thought-provoking look at three generations of a middle class family caught in the wake of the current fiscal crisis.


A gripping suspense film about four strong women overcoming a cycle of violence.


Best Documentary Short: "Different Town"
Best Documentary Feature: "Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen"

“Shining Night” is a tribute to a living legend, celebrating the life and music of the artist Morton Lauridsen. National Medal of Arts recipient and most frequently performed American choral composer, Lauridsen expresses a presence of fierce compassion and unwavering dedication to the craft of composition.


A musical journey which follows the making of an album that spans 9 countries and 14 different cities. Follow

Independent Singer/ Songwriter Steve Carlson as he discovers musical inspiration from around the world and unexpectedly finds his muse, the woman who will become the love of his life.


Best Student Film: "Be Mime"
Best Animation Film: "Danny & the Wild Bunch"

A children’s book author is told that her new manuscript needs to be ‘darker’, but when her revisions piss off the characters in the book, they come back to make some changes of their own.


Milo, a street-performing mime, must battle his own shyness and a dancing robot to ask the girl of his dreams: Will you be mime?


Audience Awards
Best Narrative Feature: "When the Ocean Met the Sky"

Three estranged brothers must journey to a remote location in order to receive their inheritance due to a stipulation in their parents will. As they hike deeper into the rain forest, old issues are rehashed, and tension runs high.


Best Narrative Short: TIED
"Little Africa" & "One Armed Man"

Tom, a biracial cop passing as white, pleads with his black mother not to protest during a race riot in 1921 Tulsa. But when a lynch mob sets out to burn the community they call ‘Little Africa,’ Tom must fight to protect his mother from the massacre.


A wealthy cotton gin executive is confronted by a disgruntled former employee demanding the return of an arm lost in the gin’s machinery, in Oscar-winning writer Horton Foote’s chilling drama, One Armed Man.


Best Documentary Short: "The Defiant One"
Best Documentary Feature: "The Newport Effect"

The Newport Effect covers the history of the legendary Newport Folk Festival and its profound impact on the world of folk music and social activism. Infamous as the place where Bob Dylan ‘went electric’ in 1965, the reach of the festival goes far beyond that iconic moment.


In 1953, a young actor / writer in Hollywood was called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities and asked the question: ‘Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party? In refusing to answer, Nedrick Young was blacklisted from Hollywood. Nedrick Young wrote ‘The Defiant One’ and won an academy award for it... but he couldn’t use his real name.


Best Student Film: "Into the Silent Sea"
Best Animation Film: "Adonis"

A young man hires a dating service that employs a cute dog as a chick magnet in order to get guys dates.


Under desperate circumstances, and across vast distances, an intense connection is made.










Our 2011 Opening Night Film, "The Artist" was the first time the film had been shown in the United States after a incredulous opening internationally. Following the Asheville Cinema Festival, “The Artist” was released across the United States a few short weeks later and received strongly positive reviews from critics and won many accolades. Dujardin won the Best Actor Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered. The film was nominated for six Golden Globes, the most of any 2011 film, and won three: Best Motion Picture, Best Original Score, and Best Actor. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won five, "The Artist" went on to become the most awarded French film in history.

After four years of great success, the Asheville Cinema Society (ACS) returned for its 5th Season in March of 2014.


Best described, ACS is an independent film society that will screen films over nine months starting in March through November; culminating with the Asheville Cinema Festival scheduled for November 7-9, 2014.


The Asheville Cinema Festival (ACF) is a natural progression for the society. Successfully completing its third festival in 2013, ACF screened high quality films, a popular shorts program and educational documentaries. Many of the filmmakers attended the festival to participate in the Q&A’s after the screenings. In addition to over 40 films shown during the festival, there were also several workshops for more in-depth discussion on a variety of film making subjects. ACF boasts of being able to secure and screen “The Artist” in 2011. “The Artist” went on to win the Academy Award for best picture of 2011. Prior to their national release in 2012, ACF screened “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Quartet,” both in contention for 2012 awards.


In 2013, ACF kicked off the festival with "August: Osage County" and concluded with "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts received Academy Award nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for their performances in "August: Osage County." "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song and won Best Original Song at the 2014 Golden Globes.


Our mission is to bring exceptional independent films of all genres that will not play in local theaters. Sometimes we will showcase bigger films before they will screen in Western North Carolina. We offer ACS Memberships to our seasons creating a large, dedicated group of people that attend screenings of films they would probably never get to see. Besides getting to see great films, the members really enjoy the intelligent discussion Q&As after each film with the filmmakers and special guests we bring in. As one member wrote us, “It’s not just going to the movies. It’s an enriching experience and unlike anything else in the area.”

Our 2012 opening night film, “Silver Linings Playbook,” premiered at the Asheville Cinema Festival on November 1st, 2012 prior to its release across the United States on November 16th, 2012. This film opened to major critical success and has since earned numerous accolades. It received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Russell, in addition to achieving the rare feat of being nominated in all four acting categories. Jennifer Lawrence’s outstanding performance earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress, which she also won at the Golden Globe Awards and the Screen Actors Guild.


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