Film Fest 919 (FF919) was created to celebrate the best in independent cinema and cuisine by introducing a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to the communities of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle region of North Carolina.  FF919 works to showcase juried and audience award-winning feature films from festivals all around the world, as well as notable filmmakers that express fresh voices and global perspectives.

Film Fest 919 aspires to celebrate the creativity found in both films and cuisine. In addition to exhibiting the year’s best new independent films, FF919 will also engage with the culinary arts attributed to the emerging Triangle to deliver an immersive and transformative festival experience with film, food and wine pairings.

FF919 aims to offer educational programs and networking opportunities for local students.

Festival Launch Event

Film Fest 919 had the honor of celebrating its inception with a special advance screening of the critically-acclaimed film The Florida Project, featuring a Conversation with writer/producer Chris Bergoch and Director of Programming Claudia Puig.  The film has gone on to land on multiple top ten lists, as well as receive many accolades and awards including Oscar Nomination for Willen Defoe FF919 welcomed the community at the sold- out event which took place at Silverspot Cinema at University Place.


Sunday, February 18, 2018, Chapel Hill, NC –  The 1st annual FILM FEST 919 has announced its inaugural dates.  The Chapel Hill-based festival will premiere on Wednesday, October 3 through Sunday, October 7, 2018. FF919, founded by Randi Emerman and Carol Marshall, along with Program Director Claudia Puig (former USA Today film critic and president of the L.A. Film Critics Association), will present a wide spectrum of acclaimed feature films.  A key element of the festival will be showcasing notable filmmakers and their work, and engaging them in riveting conversations. The festival also plans to feature culinary artists specific to the region of the Raleigh-Durham- Chapel Hill Triangle.

“The Triangle provides a wonderful cultural environment in which to offer stimulating films from around the world,” says co-founder/executive director Randi Emerman. “Regional audiences are hungry for quality cinematic experiences and we developed this festival with this audience in mind.”

Adds program director Claudia Puig: “I’m thrilled to be curating and showcasing a compelling and diverse breadth of narrative features for such an engaged, culturally astute and film-loving audience.”

Last fall, FILM FEST 919 kicked off with a launch party and a special advance screening in Chapel Hill of A24’s hit film, THE FLORIDA PROJECT with writer/producer Chris Bergoch in attendance, followed by a Q & A moderated by Claudia Puig. The film has since gone on to land on multiple top ten lists, as well as receive many accolades and awards, including a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Willem Dafoe.

Silverspot Cinema

Silverspot Cinema is proud to host the inaugural Film Fest 919 as it makes its debut in the Triangle area. We look forward to fabulous films and cuisine!

Silverspot showcases more than just traditional Hollywood fare with on-going programming including independent films, award-winning foreign films and a cultural arts program featuring ballets, concerts and a global opera series including The Met.  Special engagements include, local filmmaker screenings, meet and greets and Q&As with filmmakers and talent, specialty menus to coincide with relevant feature films and mini film festivals from within.