Submissions for the 2019 festival are 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. See the 2019 Submissions…

School of Doc Students Present World Premiere to Sold Out Crowd

On July 17, Full Frame’s 2018 School of Doc students presented the world premiere of their film project Renaissance of Reuse: The Scrap Exchange to a sold out crowd at the Full Frame Theater. Check out the photo album, and be sure to catch their free screening at Full Frame 2019!

Filmmaker RaMell Ross Visits School of Doc

On Wednesday, Full Frame hosted RaMell Ross, one of the most acclaimed documentarians of 2018. He generously mentored School of Doc students and answered questions about his journey as a filmmaker and his work, including his groundbreaking documentary and 2018 Full Frame Grand Jury winner Hale County This Morning, This Evening. It was an experience the students, staff, and instructors will not soon forget. “Visits from established filmmakers like RaMell make a career in documentary…

Now Hiring a Programming Intern

Full Frame is accepting applications for a seven-month paid programming internship position that will begin in mid-September 2018 and end in mid-April 2019. The intern will gain broad experience in various functions of the festival programming department and obtain an overall view of how festival content is determined, organized, and exhibited. The intern will be based at the Full Frame offices in Durham, North Carolina, for the duration of the internship. The 22nd annual festival takes…

Garrett Scott: A Legacy of Generosity at Full Frame Documentary Festival

From Jason Osder for Filmmaker Magazine: In 1998, documentary filmmaker Garrett Scott died unexpectedly, shocking the film community. His film, Occupation: Dreamland, co-directed with Ian Olds, won the Independent Spirit Truer than Fiction Award two days after his death. In the aftermath of this tragedy, his friends and collaborators founded the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant. The idea of the grant is to support first-time feature documentary makers by emulating a formative experience Garrett and…

#DocsSoWhite: The Gatekeepers at Full Frame

Check out coverage by Lauren Wissot  in Filmmaker Magazine about the latest installment of the ongoing #DocsSoWhite discussion at Full Frame: Recently, I’d been pondering why the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival always tops my must-attend U.S. doc fest list. Like few fests in the U.S. or Europe, Full Frame truly walks the walk — it’s a top tier, mainstream nonfiction festival in which the people in power are almost exclusively women. Indeed, one look…

“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…