Two more festivals of note take place in towns with populations of just over 100,000, so we couldn’t resist including them in our list…

Cucalorus Film Festival

Wilmington, North Carolina (Pop. 106,476)
November 10-13, 2012

This goofy sounding festival is a product of a goofier sounding filmmaking collective in Wilmington: Twinkle Doon. Since 1994, Cucalorus has been an intimate venue for watching high-profile docs, from Tarnation to Taxi to the Dark Side to the Oscar-winning shorts Freeheld and God of Love. Expect no awards ceremony, because, as the organizers explain on their website, “competition sucks.”

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Emily Thomas is a Fall 2011 intern with POV Digital. She's interned at Esquire magazine and Vice magazine. Currently Emily is finishing her senior year at NYU, where she is double majoring in journalism and social & cultural analysis. She is also a freelance journalist and aspiring documentary filmmaker. Her top five documentaries are: 1. Buena Vista Social Club (Wim Wenders) 2. Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh) 3. Crumb (Terry Zwigoff) 4. Dont Look Back (D A Pennebaker) 5. Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston)