Nancy Buirski, founder of Full Frame, has passed away

It is with great sadness that we share that Full Frame founder and award-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski has died. We have lost a visionary artist and a champion for both the festival and the documentary community at large. In founding Full Frame, Buirski established a singular celebration for filmmakers and audiences in Durham, North Carolina. The immeasurable impact of her extraordinary talent and steadfast determination will never be forgotten.

Save the date! Full Frame returns to downtown Durham April 4–7, 2024

After a one-year pause, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will return to Durham in 2024. The four-day festival, which routinely draws huge crowds for films and panel discussions, will be presented again at the Carolina Theatre and Durham Convention Center April 4-7. “Full Frame is an extraordinary cultural event for Duke, Durham and the broader documentary film community,” said Ed Balleisen, Duke’s vice provost for interdisciplinary studies. “Rest assured: Full Frame will return in…


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