Save the Date!

22nd annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

April 4 – 7, 2019 | Durham, NC



Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant 

Now Accepting Applications

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Announcing the Full Frame Winter Series!

Presented by Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. and American Tobacco Campus, the Full Frame Winter Series presents FREE documentary screenings at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham. Don’t miss this chance to catch up on your must-watch list in time for the Academy Awards! January 31 – Three Identical Strangers February 6 – Free Solo February 14 – Minding the Gap  Free RSVPs are recommended and can be made via Eventbritebeginning at 9 am the day before each screening.   

2018 School of Doc after school program concludes with successful screening

The inaugural students of Full Frame’s School of Doc after school program presented the world premiere of their film, Carolina Lightnin’: Bluegrass in the Triangle, to a sold out crowd at the Full Frame Theater. 


2019 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant – Applications Open Until February 1, 2019

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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Festival Sponsors

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