Press Information

“Full Frame has become one of the most prestigious documentary film festivals in the nonfiction community.”

Addie Morfoot, Variety

We are excited to welcome new and returning journalists to the 21st Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April 5–8, 2018 in historic downtown Durham. Press applications will be available on February 1, 2018. You will be notified no later than February 13, 2018.

Press FAQ

Where can I learn more about Full Frame?

Full Frame logos, images, videos, and press kit are available on the Media + Press Kit page.

How do journalists receive a Press Pass?

New and returning members of the Press must complete the online 2018 Press Pass Application on or before February 9. Applicants will receive an email no later than February 13 with the status of their application in addition to further press information, including pass and ticket instructions. Press Passes are limited by number, not everyone who applies will be awarded a Pass. Receipt of a Press Pass in previous years in no way guarantees receipt of a Press Pass for the 2018 Festival.

When will members of the Press know if their application has been approved?

Applicants can expect to receive an e-mail from the Full Frame Press Coordinator no later than February 13, 2018. A Press Pass confirmation e-mail will include details for acquiring passes, reserving tickets and other important information.

What Does a Press Pass Provide?

A Press Pass provides:

  • 5, 10, or 20 tickets, which may be redeemed for any film or event including the Opening Night Party and Awards Barbecue. Beginning in 2018, press passes will be issued by outlet (rather than individual) and passes will be transferrable.
  • Access to the Hospitality Suite
  • Access to the Press Lounge

How much does a Press Pass cost?

A Press Pass is offered at no charge to members of the Press whose Press Pass Application is approved.

Where can I find a festival schedule?

Full Frame’s 2018 Film Schedule will be announced in mid-March 2018.

Can I reserve tickets in advance?

Yes. A Press Pass enables you to reserve up to 5, 10, or 20 tickets for any film or event including the Opening Night Party and Awards Barbecue, provides free access to Speakeasy conversations and unlimited access through the Last Minute Line. Tickets you reserve will be included in your Press Packet, which will be available for pick up in the press lounge. Unreserved tickets can be acquired in the Box Office during the festival.

Where is the Press Lounge located and what are its hours?

The festival’s Press Lounge is located in the Donor Lounge (3rd floor) of the Carolina Theatre. Hours of operation will be posted in March 2018.

Where and when can I pick up my Press Pass?

Members of the Press pick up their passes in the Press Lounge during open hours, which is also where one can arrange for interview requests and meet Full Frame Press staff. Once your Press Pass Application is approved, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Print and bring the e-mail with you to the Press Lounge to acquire your Press Pass.

How do I request interviews with filmmakers or film subjects?

For setting up interviews with the filmmakers or film subjects, please email

Thank you for your interest in covering the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. We look forward to seeing you in April!

For any other press inquiries please contact Full Frame’s Marketing Director, Michelle Benham, at