2020 Call for Entries

    Submissions for the 2020 festival 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.


    ENTRY FORM:  Full Frame partners with the online submission service FilmFreeway. A direct link to the entry form is available at the bottom of this page.

    ELIGIBILITY:  Short and feature documentary films completed after January 1, 2019, are eligible for Full Frame 2020. Films 40 minutes or less are considered shorts. Films 41 minutes or longer are considered features. Full Frame does not accept entries with total running times over 180 minutes.

    ENTRY FEE & DEADLINES:  Entry fees must be paid by credit card and are non-refundable.

    Early Deadline: September 1 – October 15 / $55
    Regular Deadline: October 16 – November 15 / $65
    Late Deadline: November 16 – December 15 / $75

    Early Deadline: September 1 – October 15 / $35
    Regular Deadline: October 16 – November 15 / $45
    Late Deadline: November 16 – December 15 / $55

    SUBMISSION FORMAT:  Full Frame accepts FilmFreeway Secure Online Screeners or Vimeo links. Vimeo links are preferred. Screening links must be received at the time of submission. The festival cannot guarantee that updated links will be reviewed.

    NOTIFICATIONS:  Notifications regarding acceptance will be sent no later than March 6, 2020.


    Can I submit a rough cut of my film?
    We strongly encourage filmmakers to submit the most complete version of their films possible. We cannot guarantee that replacement cuts will be viewed. If submitting a rough cut, please indicate in the application what elements are still incomplete: temporary sound, temporary graphics, missing scenes, etc. To discuss the timing of submitting a rough cut, please email submissions@fullframefest.org.

    Can I send an updated cut of my film after I’ve already submitted a screener?
    Our programming team will review the original screener received. Full Frame cannot guarantee that updated versions of films will be reviewed, but links to new cuts can be emailed to submissions@fullframefest.org.

    I submitted my film to Full Frame before and it was not accepted. I’ve since made changes to the film. Can I submit again this year?
    Unless a film has been completely reworked, we discourage filmmakers from submitting again.

    Does Full Frame have a premiere requirement?
    Full Frame does not have a formal premiere requirement. When making final decisions, programmers do take a film’s exposure into consideration, especially prior screenings in North Carolina, wide play on the festival circuit, national television broadcast, or theatrical release.

    Will the festival provide feedback on why my film was not accepted?
    Unfortunately, we are unable to provide individualized feedback to filmmakers.

    Have additional questions about submitting?
    Please email submissions@fullframefest.org.