The Cucalorus Film Festival was founded in 1994. At the inaugural event, crowds wrapped around the block to see 16 local films screening at a restaurant by the Cape Fear River. These days Cucalorus Film Festival takes place every November in historic Wilmington, NC screening over 100 independent and international films in venues like the recently restored Thalian Hall, as well as City Stage Theater, TheatreNOW, Jengo's Playhouse, and The Soapbox. In 2009 MovieMaker Magazine recognized it as one of the "25 Coolest Film Festivals" and by the Brooks Institute as one of the "Top Ten Film Festivals". The festival will take place November 8 - November 11 this year.