Full Frame Goes Virtual in 2022!

The 25th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University, will be presented entirely online April 7–10, 2022. There are no plans for in-person screenings or events during the event in April. Organizers of the Academy Award®-qualifying event cite the ongoing and unpredictable realities of the coronavirus pandemic as the primary factor for holding a virtual festival. “Nothing can replace the magic of screening films together…

November Staff Pick | Alive Inside

This month, Full Frame’s Development Assistant Angie Potiny shines a spotlight on the 2014 festival film Alive Inside (dir. Michael Rossato-Bennett) for the November Staff Pick. Angie says about the film, “Alive Inside is a film that stays with you, long after the credits roll. The wonderful people featured in this film and the undeniable power of music is incredible to watch. I walked away from Alive Inside inspired and hopeful, despite the huge rollercoaster…

IDA Award Nominees Announced

Seven festival alums and two Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant recipients have been nominated for IDA Awards! Faya Dayi received three nominations, including Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. Also nominated for Best Feature is In the Same Breath. Aguilas and E14 have been nominated for Best Short, Homeroom received a nomination for Best Editing, and The Doll is recognized with a David L. Wolper Student Documentary nomination. Previously announced, Garrett Scott Grant recipient…

Cinema Eye Honor Nominations Include 9 Full Frame Alums

Congratulations to all of the Full Frame alums nominated for Cinema Eye Honors this year! The 2021 Full Frame Grand Jury award-winner, Faya Dayi, has been nominated for five awards, including Outstanding Nonfiction Feature and Outstanding Direction. Also nominated for multiple awards includes In the Same Breath, Homeroom, and City So Real. Try Harder! and Fruits of Labor are both nominated for awards. Short film alums nominated include Águilas and Three Songs for Benazir, the…

2022 Call for Entries Now Open

Submissions are now open for the 25th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival! Short and feature documentaries completed after January 1, 2021 are eligible to submit for Full Frame 2022. For complete guidelines, please visit the Call For Entires page. All submission materials are due December 3, 2022.

October Staff Pick | The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975

Full Frame’s Production Director, Dan Partridge, has chosen Göran Hugo Olsso’s The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 (Full Frame 2011) as this month’s Staff Pick! Dan says: “I chose this documentary, because of the unforgettable scene from Angela Davis’s 1972 interview filmed during her unjust 16 month incarceration in California State Prison. Her words are profoundly powerful, and testify to her personal history and the intrinsic struggle of fighting for justice in America. Rewatching this documentary…

Opeyemi Olukemi Is New Center for Documentary Studies Director

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University is pleased to announce media innovation executive Opeyemi Olukemi as its new director. Prior to accepting the CDS directorship, Olukemi initiated groundbreaking partnerships, initiatives, and projects at the intersections of technology and storytelling—as senior director of interactive programs at Tribeca Film Institute and, most recently, as vice president of innovation and executive producer of POV Spark at American Documentary | POV.   Founded in 1989 as a 501(c)(3)…

Protagonist of “A Thousand Cuts” Awarded A Nobel Peace Prize

Maria Ressa, a Filipino-American journalist, co-founder of Rappler, and the protagonist of A Thousand Cuts (Full Frame 2020) has been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” Read the complete announcement from the Nobel Prize organization here. A Thousand Cuts (dir. Ramona S. Diaz) President Rodrigo Duterte’s ruthless and ongoing war on drugs has plagued the Philippines since 2016, resulting…

September Staff Pick | Life, Animated

This month, we look back on the touching story of Owen Suskind and his family in the film Life, Animated (Full Frame 2016). This Full Frame Audience Award-winner was picked by development manager Leesa Moore. Leesa reflects on her experience seeing the film: “Exploration into how we make sense of the world around us is probably my favorite theme in storytelling. LIFE, ANIMATED is a beautiful film filled with magical moments, wonderful feelings of nostalgia,…

Full Frame Emmy Winners

“Dick Johnson is still alive,” proclaimed Kirsten Johnson, director of 2020 Full Frame alum Dick Johnson Is Dead on her Emmy for Outstanding Directing  Full Frame congratulates Johnson for her win, along with Boys State, which took home the Emmy for Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special. Find out more about the films, and how you can watch them, below:   Boys State (dirs. Jesse Moss, Amanda McBaine) Winner: Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special. Nominated: Outstanding…