2021 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces New Dates and Call for Entries

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      The annual celebration of nonfiction cinema will take place June 2­–6, 2021.

    Filmmakers may submit their work from December 1, 2020–January 8, 2021.


    Durham, N.C. – November 18, 2020 – The 24th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will take place June 2–6, 2021, two months later than the previously announced April dates. Organizers cite the pandemic’s impact on industry calendars, audiences, and the documentary filmmaking community for the date change.

    “Our priority continues to be the safety of our audiences and our filmmakers,” says Full Frame director, Deirdre Haj. “We plan to build upon what we’ve learned from last year’s online festival and the virtual programs we’ve produced throughout the summer and fall to create a safe event that celebrates the spirit of Full Frame in a new way.”

    Currently, organizers are exploring options for a dynamic virtual event that will include film screenings, panel conversations, and networking opportunities for filmmakers and guests.

    Filmmakers may submit their work to the Academy Award® qualifying festival through the Call for Entries, which opens December 1, 2020 and closes January 8, 2021.

    “We recognize the incredible impact the pandemic has had on filmmakers and the documentary industry,” says Full Frame’s artistic director, Sadie Tillery. “In this unsettling and uncertain time, it feels especially important to highlight new films and support artists through our programming. As we reimagine our 2021 event, we are committed to serving this community.”

    Over the past ten months, Full Frame presented thirty-two films free of charge to a limited audience as part of it’s 2020 online festival, launched a Virtual Screening Room and Filmmaker Q&A series, and successfully transitioned their School of Doc, Teach the Teachers, and A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy Conversation Series online.

    To learn more about the festival and year-round programs, please visit fullframefest.org.

    About Full Frame

    The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an internationally recognized, Academy Award® qualifying event that proudly presents the best of nonfiction films on the festival circuit each year. Based in Durham, North Carolina, the annual festival gathers thousands of enthusiastic fans from around the globe to celebrate the documentary art form, engage in meaningful conversation, and experience the impact of exceptional nonfiction cinema first hand. The 24thannual Full Frame Documentary Film Fesival will be held June 2–6, 2021.

    The festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) affiliated with Duke University, and receives support from corporate sponsors, private foundations, and individual donors whose generosity provides the foundation that makes the event possible. The Presenting Sponsor of the festival is Duke University. To learn more about the mission of Full Frame or how to support Full Frame, visit fullframefest.org.