2019 Call for Entries Now Open

Late Deadline Dec 15

Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant 

Applications Open December 17

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Acclaimed Filmmaker Marco Williams Visits School of Doc

Award-winning filmmaker and Full Frame Alum Marco Williams (Two Towns of Jasper, The Undocumented, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities) recently visited the 2018 School of Doc After School students. Marco shared with them his experiences and insights from his career, and accompanied them on their shoot at the Blue Note Grill in downtown Durham. We are lucky to have the support of filmmakers like Marco who selflessly give their time to…

Submissions for the 2019 festival are now open

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival exhibits nearly 100 documentary films in a variety of programs. Submitted films will be considered for both the NEW DOCS and Invited Program categories. Filmmakers whose films are selected for Full Frame will be notified at the time of acceptance whether their films will be screening in the NEW DOCS or Invited Program categories. Films screening in the Invited Program are not eligible for awards. See the 2019 Submissions…


2019 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant – Applications Open December 17, 2018

The Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant funds first-time documentary directors for travel and accommodations to attend the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April 4-7, 2019. For four days, grant recipients will be given access to films, discussions, and mentorship by experienced filmmakers. Recipients will also present short excerpts from their works-in-progress at the festival. TWO filmmakers will be chosen for the grant in its thirteenth year.

Past winners have gone on to receive significant recognition, screening their finished works at Full Frame and other prestigious festivals including Sundance, IDFA, SXSW, Berlin, and Tribeca. In addition, recipients have won numerous awards and accolades, including several prizes at Full Frame. In 2018, the Full Frame Grand Jury Award was presented to Ross’s Hale County This Morning, This Evening; Liu’s Minding the Gap received the 2018 Audience Award and an Honorable Mention from the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award jury. In previous years, QUEST and (T)ERROR received the Full Frame Grand Jury Award and My Perestroika received the Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award.

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 1, 2019. Applications must be RECEIVED before 11pm PST. Applicants will be notified by email no later than Wednesday, March 6.

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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University