Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Duke Undergrads: Apply Now to the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Fellows Program

Duke Undergrads: Apply Now to the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Fellows Program

Duke students have the unique opportunity to join students from across the country in the Fellows Program of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, from Thursday, April 4, through Sunday, April 7, 2013. Applications are due on Friday, February 22, at 12 noon. The Full Frame Fellows Program is aimed at […]


January 15, 11 A.M.: Passes for Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Go On Sale

Mark your calendars: Passes for the sixteenth annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (held this year April 4–7, in Durham, North Carolina) will go on sale at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15. A variety of passes will be for sale online, by phone, by mail, or in person; click here for details. Passes are limited and sell […]


Full Frame November Challenge: $10K in Thirty Days

Full Frame November Challenge: $10K in Thirty Days

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has received a challenge from a generous donor: If the festival raises $10,000 in the month of November, 2012, the donor will match it dollar for dollar. You can help Full Frame raise $20,000 in one month by making gifts between November 1 and November 30. Click here to donate. For new […]


Full Frame Presents “Thunder Soul” for Annual Youth Screening

Full Frame Presents "Thunder Soul" for Annual  Youth Screening

Every year the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival hosts a free screening for area schools and teachers that for many youth is their first exposure to documentary film; the event includes a post-screening talk by the filmmaker or a subject from the film. This year’s youth screening features Mark Landsman’s Thunder Soul; the documentary follows the alumni […]


Full Frame Final Submission Deadline: November 30

Full Frame Final Submission Deadline: November 30

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is accepting submissions for the 16th annual festival, which will be held April 4–7, 2013, in Durham, North Carolina. Short and feature documentaries completed after Janurary 1, 2011 are eligible for consideration. Complete the online application and postmark your DVD preview screeners by October 15 to receive the $40 […]


Movies on the Lawn Series Wraps Up October 5 With Double Feature: “Under African Skies” and “Shut Up and Play the Hits”

Movies on the Lawn Series Wraps Up October 5 With Double Feature: "Under African Skies" and "Shut Up and Play the Hits"

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and American Tobacco‘s annual Movies on the Lawn series kicked off monthly outdoor screenings in July and will close out the series this month with a double feature: Under African Skies—rescheduled due to inclement weather—will begin at dusk (approximately 7:15 p.m.) followed by Shut Up and Play the Hits at around 9 p.m.  The Movies on the […]


Watch: Short Films from Full Frame’s 2012 School of Doc

Watch: Short Films from Full Frame's 2012 School of Doc

Pelican’s SnoBalls is a short documentary about a family-owned business in Durham, North Carolina, that was produced, directed, shot, and edited by high school students at the 2012 School of Doc; Noah’s ARC is a work-in-progress about local jazz vocalist Noah Powell made by filmmakers Nic Beery and Todd Tinkham in association with the School of Doc. The […]


Call for Entries for the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Call for Entries for the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

On August 15 the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will begin accepting entries for the 16th annual festival, to be held April 4–7, 2013, in Durham, North Carolina. By completing the online application process, filmmakers will be submitting to NEW DOCS, Full Frame’s competitive program. REGULAR DEADLINE: August 15–October 15 Fee:  $40 LATE DEADLINE: October 16–November 30 Fee:  […]


School of Doc Reception and Student Film Screenings, Thursday, July 19

School of Doc Reception and Student Film Screenings, Thursday, July 19

Support Durham’s young filmmakers! Join us for a presentation of the final films created by students in Full Frame’s School of Doc, preceded by a reception on the CDS porch. Thursday, July 19 Reception at 5:30 p.m.; film presentations at 6 p.m. Center for Documentary Studies 1317 W. Pettigrew St. Durham, North Carolina The School […]


Duke Acquires New Day Films Collection; Groundbreaking Work Will Screen at Full Frame

Duke Acquires New Day Films Collection; Groundbreaking Work Will Screen at Full Frame

In celebration of the fortieth anniversary of New Day Films and the acquisition of the New Day Films Collection by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will screen the first films produced by New Day on Friday, April 13. Anything You Want to Be, Betty Tells Her Story, Growing Up […]


Interview: Sadie Tillery, Director of Programming, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Interview: Sadie Tillery, Director of Programming, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Tickets for the 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, named one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals in the World” by indieWire, will go on sale to the general public on Monday, April 2, 11 a.m., at fullframefest.org/tickets.php; the annual four-day event will be held April 12–15. Here, Full Frame Director of Programming Sadie Tillery, […]



Full Frame Announces 2012 Thematic Program Lineup, Curated By Ross McElwee—Watch Trailers

Full Frame Announces 2012 Thematic Program Lineup,  Curated By Ross McElwee—Watch Trailers

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 2012 Thematic Program, “Family Affairs,” curated by filmmaker Ross McElwee. The program will feature eight features and two shorts that explore the delicate terrain along the fault line of family. McElwee will present the selections, which will be screened over the course of the […]


Duke Students: Application Period Now Open for the 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Fellows Program, Deadline March 5

This year, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies, is offering fellowships to twenty-five deserving students from Duke University. The international event is dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema, and is held each spring in downtown Durham, North Carolina. The Full Frame Fellows Program is designed […]


“The Loving Story”: Symposium Will Follow Screening of Acclaimed Documentary on Civil Rights Case, March 1–2, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Nancy Buirski, founder of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, made her directorial debut with The Loving Story, which premiered last year at Full Frame and went on to be short-listed this year for an Academy Award for best documentary. A screening on March 1 will be followed by a panel discussion, and on March 2, a symposium, which […]


Apply to the 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Fellows Program

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Fellows Program of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, Thursday, April 12, through Sunday, April 15. The Full Frame Fellows Program is designed to educate, motivate, and nurture undergraduate film students interested in the documentary form. The program provides students the chance to see both cutting-edge documentary films […]


Full Frame Winter Series: Upcoming Free Screenings at the Carolina Theatre

Full Frame Winter Series: Upcoming Free Screenings at the Carolina Theatre

The Full Frame Winter Series features three documentary film screenings; all screenings begin at 7 p.m. and take place in Fletcher Hall at the historic Carolina Theatre . The Winter Series is free and open to the public. Wednesday, January 18–Buck  Directed by Cindy Meehl 2011 / US / 88 minutes Wednesday, January 25–Hell and […]


Video Available: Panel Discussion—”Art and Advocacy”—From the 2011 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Video Available: Panel Discussion—"Art and Advocacy"—From the 2011 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

In 2011 the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival introduced panel conversations with filmmakers and other industry professionals. This panel on Art and Advocacy, covered the following ground: As documentarians struggle to finance their films, organizations with advocacy agendas become a rich source of funding. Does this present a dilemma for filmmakers who might not have […]


Development Job Opportunity at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Development Associate Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Durham, North Carolina   The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, is seeking a Development Associate to work directly with the Executive Director of Full Frame on all aspects of fundraising, including individual gifts, grants, sponsorships, and government […]


Full Frame Screens Two New Documentaries November 3 and November 7

Full Frame Screens Two New Documentaries November 3 and November 7

Every year the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival hosts a free screening for area schools and teachers. This year, the screening of Full Frame founder Nancy Buirski’s directorial debut, The Loving Story (77 minutes), with a post-screening discussion is open to students, educators, and the general public. Screening: The Loving Story Thursday, November 3, 10 […]


The Full Frame Fix at the Nasher Museum of Art October 15-16

The Full Frame Fix at the Nasher Museum of Art October 15-16

Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16, 2011 Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University A weekend matinee marathon featuring favorites from the 2011 Festival and newer titles which have yet to reach North Carolina. FREE and open to the public, first-come-first-served. October 15 (1:00 p.m.) The Swell Season Directed by Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins, and Carlo […]


“Freedom Riders” Film Screening October 20 in Chapel Hill

"Freedom Riders" Film Screening October 20 in Chapel Hill

The documentary Freedom Riders, recent winner of three Emmy Awards, is the powerful, harrowing, and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains […]


“Rebirth”: Free Film Screenings in Observance of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

"Rebirth": Free Film Screenings in Observance of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

The documentary Rebirth (Jim Whitaker, 2011, 108 minutes) chronicles the lives of five people directly affected by 9/11. From early 2002 through 2009, the film’s crew followed a survivor from the South Tower of the World Trade Center (WTC); a firefighter who survived the collapse of the WTC but lost his best friend; a high school […]


Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Summer Documentary Camp 2011

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Summer Documentary Camp 2011

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival kicked off its first-ever documentary summer camp for teens in 2011. A handpicked group of students from Southern High School in Durham, North Carolina, participated in a five-week workshop in which they made several short documentary films. The camp was led by award-winning filmmakers Nic Beery and Todd Tinkham. […]