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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public.

Full Frame serves the documentary form and its community by showcasing the contemporary work of established and emerging filmmakers. The festival provides a space that nurtures conversation between artists, students, and the Full Frame audience. Full Frame is committed to enhancing public understanding and appreciation of the art form and its significance, while making films more accessible to a wider audience.

Full Frame also promotes the festival’s mission throughout the year by presenting documentary work in other venues both locally and nationally. Full Frame brings free documentary films to the Triangle with the Full Frame Road Show. The festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), 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.

Save the Date!

21st Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
April 5–8, 2018

Passes and ticket packages on sale to the public on Feb 14 at 11 am. Learn more.
Single tickets on sale to the public on Mar 29 at 11 am. Learn more.

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Featured Event

Full Frame Winter Series

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.

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