25th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Official Film Selections

The official selections for the 25th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival are here! “It is an honor to present these 37 films at our 25th annual festival,” said interim festival director and artistic director Sadie Tillery. “I am humbled by the range of experiences revealed on screen—the palpable tenderness, violence, pain, strength, vulnerability, and resolve witnessed in these works. And I am equally moved by the commitment and artistry displayed by the filmmakers, who…

Alums Win at 2022 Cinema Eye Honors

Announced earlier this week, Three Songs for Benazir (Full Frame 2021) took home the prize for Outstanding Nonfiction Short and City So Real (Full Frame 2020) took home the prize for Outstanding Nonfiction Series at the 15thannual Cinema Eye Honors. The Cinema Eye Honors is an annual event that recognizes outstanding artistry and craft in nonfiction filmmaking. Full Frame congratulates all of the nominees, including the seven additional festival alums recognized with nominations at this…

Full Frame Stories

Long time festival fan Diana Newton shares one of her most memorable Full Frame moments: “I’ve been attending Full Frame since it was the Double Take Film Festival and have programs and T-shirts from every single year to prove it! In 2009, my now-husband had snuck a ring sizer into our festival backpack as part of preparing to propose to me. I went rummaging through the pack looking for my program while he panicked and…

“Three Songs for Benazir” Nominated for an Academy Award

Join us in celebrating Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei’s short film Three Songs for Benazir (Full Frame 2021) on being nominated for an Academy Award in the Documentary Short Subject category! The held its world premiere at the 2021 festival last June, where it received Oscar-qualifying status after winning the Jury Award for Documentary Short.  Full Frame is one of a handful of Academy Award-qualifying festivals in the world. Elizabeth and Gulistan Mirzaei’s moving short…

Press Accreditation Now Open

Members of the media interested in covering the 25th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival may now apply for press accreditation.  Complete details and application can be found here. Applications close on February 25 at 5 PM (ET). Members of the press must be working on assignment to cover the virtual 2022 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and may apply for accreditation to receive access to press screeners, public films, filmmaker interviews, events, and more. Full…

3 Films For Those Also Obsessed With Wordle

Following in the footsteps of past word puzzle games, such as Scrabble and crosswords, Wordle is the newest internet craze that gives players six chances to guess a new five letter daily.  Can’t wait for tomorrow’s newest Wordle puzzle? Then Full Frame has you covered with these three films that celebrate words, their form, and the passionate players of classic word games. Wordplay (dir. Patrick Creadon) Full Frame 2006 What do Bill Clinton, Ken Burns,…

Full Frame Receives $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Full Frame has been approved for a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)! The funds will go toward compensation for participating artists and programming committee members, screening fees, and efforts to make the festival more accessible to all attendees. “Now more than ever, we believe in the immense power of documentary film and its ability to impact communities. We are grateful to the National Endowment for the…

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…

Five Festival Alums Make Oscars Shortlists

Five Full Frame Documentary Film Festival alums are recognized on the Oscars shortlists! Two features and three short films from the 2021 event have been recognized, including Full Frame’s Grand Jury award-winner Faya Dayi (dir. Jessica Beshir). As an Academy Award-qualifying event, the recipient of Full Frame’s Jury Award for Best Short becomes eligible for Oscar-qualification. This year, Three Songs for Benazir (dirs. Elizabeth Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei) became eligible after receiving the jury award and is included…

December Staff Pick | Shirkers

“In true indie spirit, Sandi Tan manages to take pieces of her lost work and transform them in to something new and imaginative. With an editing and visual style that can only be classified as a kaleidoscope of color, and a story that emanates DIY-punk rock energy, Shirkers is an imaginative exploration into how dreams from our youth shape us into the people we become. If only the unfinished original film survived!” says Emily Foster,…