“Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405” Wins Oscar!

We are thrilled for director Frank Stiefel on winning an Academy Award® for his film Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405! The film won the 2017 Full Frame Audience Award: Short and Jury Award for Best Short. Congratulations to all of the nominees, and a special shout out to all of the Full Frame Alum who were nominated: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Strong Island, and Last Men in Aleppo.

Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker Honored with Advocate Award

In celebration of their towering contributions to the documentary community, filmmakers, and the festival, Full Frame is proud to honor filmmaking legends Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker with its 2018 Advocate Award. The Advocate Award will be presented during the 21st annual festival, April 5 – 8, 2018, in Durham, North Carolina. Festival passes and ticket packages are now available. Ms. Hegedus and Mr. Pennebaker form one of the most respected and unique teams…

2018 Passes On Sale Now!

Passes and Ticket Packages for the 21st Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be on sale to the public beginning at 11 am on February 14, 2018. See our Passes and Tickets page for more information.  

And the Oscar Goes To…

Congratulations to all of the nominees, especially the Full Frame Alum and award winners! We are thrilled for “Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” “Last Men in Aleppo,” and “Strong Island.” We’ll be watching on March 4 when they announce the winners!

Full Frame Announces Winter Series Lineup

Full Frame will bring back two outstanding Full Frame Alum from the 2017 festival – Opening Night Film Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and two-time award-winner Strong Island – along with one of the year’s most talked about films, JANE. All screenings are free at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham. Selected from the Academy’s shortlist for Documentary Feature, the Full Frame Winter Series is not to be missed.   See the individual event pages for more information, including instructions for how…

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Airs on Frontline

Start the New Year with the Sung family. 2017 Full Frame Alum and Opening Night Film Abacus: Small Enough to Jail airs on Frontline. Abacus, which is also on the shortlist for the Academy Awards, is also available to stream on the Frontline website.

Full Frame Alumni Land on Academy’s Short List

Several Full Frame award winners, and others that have screened at Full Frame, have been shortlisted for the Academy’s Documentary Feature category. 2017 Opening Night Film Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, City of Ghosts, Grand Jury Honorable Mention + Inspiration award winner Last Men in Aleppo, and the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist + Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker award winner Strong Island landed on the shortlist for the Documentary Feature category for the 90th…

Full Frame Grand Jury Winner QUEST in Theaters

Jonathan Olshefski’s Grand Jury + Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights winner QUEST is now in theaters! Filmed over the course of ten years, QUEST is a thoughtful and nuanced observation of the Rainey family—led by father Christopher (“Quest”) and mother Christine (“Ma”). QUEST is an ode to the unwavering love and resilience of a specific family, and a universal reminder that family can give us the strength to keep on going.