2022 Call For Entries – Now Closed

    Submissions for the 2022 festival are now closed.

    In light of the global pandemic, Full Frame will present an online showcase of documentary films to take place Thursday, April 7, through Sunday, April 10. Full Frame remains hopeful of the possibility of an in-person festival component in Durham, North Carolina, and will provide updates as more information is available.

    The program will feature a smaller lineup of new titles, approximately 20 features and 15 shorts. The festival will also present a variety of awards with cash prizes for the 2022 edition. More information will be available at the time of acceptance.



    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, 2021, are eligible for Full Frame 2022. 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 & DEADLINE:  Entry fees must be paid by credit card and are non-refundable. Full Frame will have one submission deadline for the 2022 season. All submission materials must be received by December 3, 2021.

    Features: November 1 – December 3 / $65

    Shorts: November 1 – December 3 / $45

    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 11, 2022.



    What are the specifics around showcasing my film as part of the online festival?
    To take part in the online festival, films should be available for a minimum of 500 online views. Films will be presented to audiences on demand and are expected to be available for the duration of the festival or until the number of agreed upon screenings has been reached. Participating filmmakers will have the option of geoblocking their films to the United States and Territories of the United States.

    What benefits will participating filmmakers receive?
    Films screening in the online festival will receive a rental fee for their participation. Each filmmaking team will also receive passes to view other titles showing as part of the online festival. Filmmakers will have the opportunity to participate in filmmaker Q&As. More information will be available at the time of acceptance.

    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?
    For the 2022 submission season, Full Frame is not accepting resubmissions. Please email submissions@fullframefest.org with any questions.

    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.

    Will Full Frame review my film in its entirety? Why hasn’t Vimeo detected that my film has been screened?
    Full Frame reviews every film submitted to the festival in its entirety. Vimeo’s tracking of loads and views is limited when views do not occur within the Vimeo player. When films are viewed via a third-party player, such as the FilmFreeway interface or on another streaming device, like Apple TV or Roku, Vimeo captures limited data. More information is available on the Vimeo Help Center.

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