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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.

Save the date! Full Frame returns to downtown Durham April 4–7, 2024

After a one-year pause, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will return to Durham in 2024. The four-day festival, which routinely draws huge crowds for films and panel discussions, will be presented again at the Carolina Theatre and Durham Convention Center April 4-7. “Full Frame is an extraordinary cultural event for Duke, Durham and the broader documentary film community,” said Ed Balleisen, Duke’s vice provost for interdisciplinary studies. “Rest assured: Full Frame will return in…

A Message from CDS on the 2023 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) will pause its annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival for ​the 2023 season as the organization continues a strategic planning process around the Center’s next chapter led by Executive Director Opeyemi Olukemi with unanimous support from the CDS Board of Directors. Full Frame was held entirely online for the 2020–22 festivals due to COVID-19. Plans are to return to an in-person event in 2024. “We recognize that this may…

Announcing the Full Frame Summer Road Show in Durham Central Park!

Full Frame is excited to welcome audiences back in-person at the Summer Road Show in Durham Central Park, presented by American Tobacco Campus and Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc! The Summer Road Show is scheduled to take place every other Monday in August and will present three outdoor documentary film screenings to the Triangle community (and visitors!). All events are free and open to the public. All films will start at 8:30 PM. FILM LINE-UP & SCHEDULE…

What to Watch: 2022 Full Frame Festival Alums Streaming in June

Plan your weekend watch party with this eclectic mix of 2022 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival alums that have been released on streaming platforms since the end of the event. From political thrillers to artist spotlights, the breadth of programming from the 25th annual event proves to be even more compelling on a second watch. Be sure to let us know which films you are most looking forward to rewatching by tagging Full Frame on…

35th Season of POV Includes Two Full Frame Grand Jury Winners

The longest running series for independent documentary, PBS’s acclaimed POV program, announced its 35th season. In total, four festival alums will take part in the series this season, including the two most recent Full Frame Grand Jury Award winners: Faya Dayi (Full Frame 2021) and I Didn’t See You There (Full Frame 2022). More than half of the films this season were directed by women, and two thirds by filmmakers of color. Read more about all…

Full Frame Named to MovieMaker Magazine’s 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is once again named to MovieMaker Magazine’s 50 Festival’s Worth the Entry Fee!  MovieMaker, a film magazine and website based in Los Angeles, compiles its annual list based on surveys, filmmaker testimonials, and visits to festivals, among other key factors. Key considerations include him much assistance a festival provides to traveling filmmakers; recent premieres at the festival; opportunities to meet distributors, fans, fellow filmmakers and press; and whether the…