Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces 2024 Award Winners

    Durham, N.C. – April 7, 2024Ten awards for a combined value of $45,000 in cash prizes are announced for the 2024 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Full Frame is a qualifying event for nominations for the Academy Award® Documentary Short Film category and the Producers Guild of America Awards.

    “We are proud to celebrate the 2024 award-winning films,” said Sadie Tillery, Full Frame Festival Co-Director and Artistic Director. “We are grateful to the award sponsors for their support, and especially wish to thank the jurors who joined us in reviewing the films this year.”

    The Full Frame Grand Jury Award is presented to Hollywoodgate directed by Ibrahim Nash’at. Hollywoodgate spends a year inside Afghanistan following the Taliban as they take possession of the weaponry America left behind at a military base—and transform from a fundamentalist militia into a heavily armed military regime.

    Jameka Autry, Cecelia Peck, and RaMell Ross participated on the jury for the Full Frame Grand Jury Award.

    The Full Frame Jury Award for Best Short is presented to Stud Country, directed by Lina Abascal and Alexandra Kern. The award is provided by Drs. Barbra and Andrew Rothschild. The jurors were Anne Alvergue, Robert Y. Chang, and Eric Johnson.

    The 2024 Sally Robinson Audience Award was presented to Daughters, directed by Angela Patton and Natalie Rae in the Feature category, and American Seams, directed by Carly Jakins in the Short category. The Sally Robinson Audience Awards are providedby Peter Lange in honor of Sally Robinson.

    Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies (CDS), of which Full Frame is a program, considers all films in competition for its Filmmaker Award and awards its 2024 prize to Julian Brave NoiseCat and Emily Kassie for Sugarcane. Representatives for CDS juried the prize: Ed Balleisen, John V. Brown, Lou Brown, Deborah Jakubs, Doug Jones, Mary Frances Luce, John Moses, Anne-Gaelle Saliot, and Karin Shapiro.

    The Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award honors a first-time documentary feature director. The 2024 award is presented to Giorgi Kvelidze for On the Way Home.The award is provided by the Charles E. Guggenheim Family. Ian Robertson Kibbe, Ivy Meeropol, and Iliana Sosa participated on the jury.

    The John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Award, which is given to a short film that highlights documentary as a formally inventive artistic medium, is presented to Ever Since, I Have Been Flying, directed by Aylin Gökmen. The award is sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University and was juried by representatives for the institute: Yasaman Baghban, Eric Barstow, Franklin Cason, Joshua Gibson, Jakiah Glass, Shambhavi Kaul, and Ranjana Khanna.

    Representatives on behalf of the President’s Office of Duke University juried the prize for the Full Frame President’s Award, given to the best student film. This year’s award isgiven to Je m’appelle Mariia, directed Juho Reinikainen.

    All We Carry, directed by Cady Voge, received the Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights. Provided by the Julian Price Family Foundation in memory of Melanie Taylor, the award is given to a film that addresses a significant human rights issue in the United States. Representatives from the Kathleen Bryan Edwards family juried the prize: Anne Arwood, Laura Edwards, Clay Farland, Margaret Griffin, and Pricey Harrison.

    For more information on the award winners and for complete juror statements, please visit fullframefest.org.

    The 26th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival runs through Sunday, April 7. Tickets are on sale at fullframefest.org.

    About Full Frame

    The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an internationally recognized 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 firsthand. The 26th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival takes place April 4–7, 2024.

    The festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies and receives support from corporate sponsors, private foundations, and individual donors whose generosity provides the foundation that makes the event possible. The 2024 festival is being produced through a partnership with Duke Venue and Production Management, the campus arm that handles planning, ticketing and other logistics for arts and other Duke events. 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.