Come celebrate with us!

20th Annual Festival

April 6 – 9, 2017 I Durham, NC

Schedule of Events Includes Two Free Community Parties

The full schedule of events for the 20th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival features two free parties for the community: the Late Night Birthday Bash on Thursday, April 6, and the Closing Night Party on Sunday, April 9. Both parties are hosted at the 21c Museum Hotel. Each is free to attend and will feature a cash bar with local DJ entertainment. Stay tuned for more details.

Duke University President Richard Brodhead to Receive 2017 Advocate Award

  The prestigious Advocate Award is given annually in recognition of individuals who exemplify the heart, soul, and spirit of Full Frame through their leadership and support of the festival and the documentary community. As Duke’s president, Brodhead has personally invested his time and energy as a catalyst for Full Frame, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University. This focus is indicative of his commitment to the arts, which have…


We are thrilled to celebrate 20 years of Full Frame April 6–9 in downtown Durham!

This year’s event will feature a special programming change. The festival’s thematic program, typically featuring films addressing a specific area of interest, will be a cinematic look back on 20 years of Full Frame. Curated by Artistic Director Sadie Tillery, the commemorative retrospective will highlight many of the notable films, filmmakers, and special moments that have distinguished Full Frame since it was founded in 1998.

Don’t miss two new free parties: the Late Night Birthday Bash (free, open to the public) at 21c on Thursday, April 6, and the Closing Night Party (free, open to the public) at 21c on Sunday, April 9. We’ll also host free panel discussions at The Durham Hotel (2nd floor) and outdoor screenings at Durham Central Park on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8.

Help us celebrate 20 years of Full Frame!

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