“Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405” Wins Oscar!

We are thrilled for director Frank Stiefel on winning an Academy Award® for his film Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405! The film won the 2017 Full Frame Audience Award: Short and Jury Award for Best Short. Congratulations to all of the nominees, and a special shout out to all of the Full Frame Alum who were nominated: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Strong Island, and Last Men in Aleppo.

Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker Honored with Advocate Award

In celebration of their towering contributions to the documentary community, filmmakers, and the festival, Full Frame is proud to honor filmmaking legends Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker with its 2018 Advocate Award. The Advocate Award will be presented during the 21st annual festival, April 5 – 8, 2018, in Durham, North Carolina. Festival passes and ticket packages are now available. Ms. Hegedus and Mr. Pennebaker form one of the most respected and unique teams…


Joe Berlinger to Curate Thematic Program Around True Crime, Jehane Noujaim Honored with Full Frame Tribute

Full Frame is proud to announce that renowned filmmaker Joe Berlinger will curate the 2018 Thematic Program, and the festival will honor Jehane Noujaim’s illustrious body of work with the 2018 Tribute. Delving into the fascinating genre of true crime, the Thematic Program will feature films that follow individual cases and consider the ways documentary uniquely represents the complexities, and limitations, of the American judicial system. For the Tribute, Full Frame will showcase Noujaim’s lauded films exploring themes of resilience, freedom, democracy, and free speech.

Academy Award®-nominated filmmakers Berlinger and Noujaim will both be in attendance at the 21st annual festival, April 5-8 in Durham, North Carolina. Specific titles for the Thematic and Tribute programs, along with additional attending guests, will be announced in early March with the full lineup of titles, including films in competition and other selected work. Festival passes are available online beginning this Wednesday, February 14 at 11 am.

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