The Full Frame Road Show Returns in July! 

This July, embark on an interstellar adventure with free outdoor screenings of APOLLO 11 and GOOD NIGHT OPPY in Durham Central Park. Bring your friends and family to experience these extraordinary space missions illuminated under the night sky. All Road Show films are free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket or camp chair for a comfy viewing experience. Films will begin at sundown (approximately 8:30 P.M.)   APOLLO 11 (dir. Todd Douglas…

Sunday Encore Screenings

Tickets to encore screenings may be purchased online or in-person at the Festival Box Office inside Festival Headquarters (301 W. Morgan St). Sunday Encore 1 – Hollywoodgate 1:30 pm | Cinema 1 | Buy Tickets Sunday Encore 2 – Daughters 2:30 pm | Fletcher Hall | Buy Tickets Sunday Encore 3 – Sugarcane 4:30 pm | Cinema 1 | Buy Tickets Sunday Encore 4 – Stud Country / American Seams / Je m’apelle Mariia /…

2024 Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to all of the award winners at this year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. FULL FRAME GRAND JURY AWARD Hollywoodgate (dir. Ibrahim Nash’at) FULL FRAME GRAND JURY SPECIAL JURY AWARD 1489 (dir. Shoghakat Vardanyan)   FULL FRAME JURY AWARD FOR BEST SHORT Presented by Drs. Barbra and Andrew Rothschild Stud Country (dirs. Lina Abascal, Alexandra Kern) SALLY ROBINSON AUDIENCE AWARD—SHORT Presented by Peter Lange in honor of Sally Robinson American Seams (dir. Carly Jakins) SALLY ROBINSON AUDIENCE AWARD—FEATURE…

Announcing the 2024 Film Lineup!

Film still: “A Photographic Memory” The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is pleased to announce the complete lineup for the 26th annual festival, April 4–7, 2024. Full Frame will exhibit documentary features and shorts from around the world in a premier showcase of film screenings, discussions, and panels held in historic downtown Durham, N.C. This year’s festival will include 50 titles, 35 features and 15 short films from 22 countries. NEW DOCS 1489 / Armenia (Director: Shoghakat Vardanyan;…

Nancy Buirski and D. A. Pennebaker will be celebrated with the 2024 Full Frame Tribute

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will celebrate filmmakers Nancy Buirski, who also founded the festival, and D. A. Pennebaker with the 2024 Full Frame Tribute.  “Remembering Nancy and Penny, I cannot think of two people who are more responsible for shaping Full Frame as a cultural institution,” said co-festival director and artistic director Sadie Tillery. “Over the years, they shared their films, their passion for the craft of filmmaking, their knowledge of the documentary…

Jessica Edwards and Gary Hustwit Curate the 2024 Thematic Program: “In Process: Documenting Creativity”

Full Frame has announced the 2024 Thematic Program curated by award-winning filmmakers Jessica Edwards and Gary Hustwit. The 2024 Thematic Program, titled “In Process: Documenting Creativity,” examines the creative process through films that illuminate how artists—on both sides of the lens and across a variety of mediums—make their work. The series features six selections, four features and two shorts, and considers both the triumphs and the uncertainties involved in producing art and transforming personal experience…

Passes + Ticket Packages Are On Sale Now!

Passes and Ticket Packages are on sale now to the 26th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Attendees can choose from a range of flexible and affordable options: Fanatic (15), Flex (10), and Fun (5) Passes: available in a range of price points, passes come with special perks including early access to ticket reservations and free entry to films via the Last Minute Line (space permitting). Makers Pass: Full Frame Alum and industry members can apply now. Ticket Packages: great…

Join the Green Team!

The Green Team represents Full Frame’s commitment to waste reduction and recycling at the festival. The Green Team volunteers will monitor and divert recycling and composting to keep waste properly sorted.   Looking for a way to join this effort? Consider joining Full Frame as a Green Team leader! Green Team leaders will be in charge of the Green Team volunteers, and work with Full Frame staff to plan, manage, and lead these efforts during…

8 Films for the Middle of Winter

With striking landscapes, muted pastels, and the juxtaposition of a season filled with both hardship and hibernation, winter often integrates itself uniquely into visual stories. Whether becoming a silent character, enhancing a film’s themes or the  thoughts of the protagonists, or providing a silent, snowy moment of reflection for the audience, filmmakers have used the icy months to create compelling, layered, and memorable work over the years. As we lean into the wintry season, Full…

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.