The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announced numbers for the 2011 Festival, and record attendance yielded 1.78 million dollars for the local economy. Festival organizers report almost $200,000 in total sales from passes and single tickets, seating over 29,000 patrons and selling out a record 34 events. Full Frame featured 99 films screened at seven different venues, including the historic Carolina Theater in downtown Durham.
“Full Frame receives great national exposure which garners a billboard effect within the documentary world,” said Deirdre Haj, executive director. “This effect yields future visitors and attracts new film business to the Triangle. Most importantly, as anyone that attended the festival can tell you, it is a beacon to other cities for high quality film and southern hospitality.”
Full Frame presented 99 total films, including five Career Award titles, 10 Thematic Program titles, 66 new documentaries, as well as 19 films as part of the Invited Program. Of the 99 documentaries screened, 30 were premieres, including 11 World Premieres, 10 North American and 9 US Premieres. There were 50 foreign titles from 28 different countries and 61 of the 99 films had filmmakers, subjects or a representative in attendance.