19th Annual

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

April 07, 2016 to April 10, 2016


Documentary: Feature Length


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
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Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Regular Deadline
October 31, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Late Deadline
December 15, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately March 4, 2016

Features: From 41 minutes to 180 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2014

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
REGION 1    
Media Files
  Other - Digital

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

Do not submit a press kit.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Along with offering more than $50,000 in cash prizes, Full Frame collaborates with Duke University to archive the festival's award-winning films. Each award-winning filmmaker will have the opportunity to preserve an exhibition copy of his or her film in the Full Frame Archive in the Archive of Documentary Arts in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. Please find the complete list of awards from the 2015 festival below. Awards are subject to change for Full Frame's 2016 festival. Films selected for our Invited Program category are screened outside of competition and are not eligible for the following awards.

The Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award
Sponsor: The Reva and David Logan Foundation
Cash Award Value: 10,000 U.S. Dollar

Full Frame Jury Award for Best Short
Sponsor: Drs. Andrew and Barbra Rothschild
Cash Award Value: 5,000 U.S. Dollar

Full Frame Audience Award Feature
The Audience Award is determined by counting audience ballots filled out during the festival.
Sponsor: BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina
Cash Award Value: 5,000 U.S. Dollar

Full Frame Audience Award Short
The Audience Award is determined by counting audience ballots filled out during the festival.
Cash Award Value: 2,500 U.S. Dollar

Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award
The CDS Filmmaker Award recognizes documentary films that combine originality and creativity with firsthand experience in examining central issues of contemporary life and culture. In keeping with the Center's mission, the award was created to honor and support documentary artists whose works are potential catalysts for education and change.
Sponsor: Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
Cash Award Value: 7,500 U.S. Dollar

The Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award
This prize is awarded to a first-time documentary feature filmmaker as a way to foster the work of new directors, young and old. It recognizes the extraordinary care that Charles Guggenheim took with the filmmakers whom he mentored and counseled throughout the filmmaking process.
Sponsor: Charles E. Guggenheim Family
Cash Award Value: 5,000 U.S. Dollar

Full Frame Inspiration Award
This award is presented to a film that best exemplifies the value and relevance of world religions and spirituality.
Sponsor: Hartley Film Foundation
Cash Award Value: 5,000 U.S. Dollar

Full Frame President's Award
This award recognizes up-and-coming filmmakers. The prize is awarded to the best student film.
Sponsor: Duke University
Cash Award Value: 5,000 U.S. Dollar

The Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights
This award is presented to a film that addresses a significant human rights issue in the United States. By inspiring advocacy, increasing awareness, and promoting equity and justice, the winning film will honor the legacy of Kathleen Bryan Edwards' passion and activism for human rights.
Sponsor: Julian Price Family Foundation, in memory of Melanie Taylor
Cash Award Value: 5,000 U.S. Dollar

The Nicholas School Environmental Award
This award honors the film that best depicts the conflicts between our drive to improve living standards through development and modernization and the imperative to preserve both the natural environment that sustains us and the cultural heritages that defines us.
Sponsor: Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University
Cash Award Value: 5,000 U.S. Dollar

Category Rules


ENTRY FEE & DEADLINES: Submission fees are the same for shorts (40 minutes or less) and features (41 minutes or longer).

Regular deadline: August 15 – October 31 / $40
Late deadline: November 1 – December 15 / $60

These deadlines are postmark dates. Entries postmarked after October 31 will be charged the late deadline fee. Entries postmarked after December 15 may not be considered. Fees are non-refundable.

ELIGIBILITY: Short and feature documentary films completed after January 1, 2014, are eligible for Full Frame 2016.

SUBMISSION FORMAT: Full Frame accepts either two (2) DVD screeners or a secure Vimeo link uploaded through Withoutabox or emailed to submissions@fullframefest.org with your Withoutabox tracking number in the subject line.

NOTIFICATIONS: Notifications regarding acceptance will be sent no later than March 4, 2016.

ROUGH CUTS: We strongly encourage you to submit the most complete version of your film possible. We cannot guarantee that replacement cuts will be viewed. If you are submitting a rough cut, please indicate in your application what elements are still incomplete: temporary sound, temporary graphics, missing scenes, etc. To discuss the timing of submitting a rough cut, please email submissions@fullframefest.org.

UPDATED CUTS: Our programming team will review the original screener received. Full Frame cannot guarantee that we will review updated versions of your film, but links to new cuts can be emailed to submissions@fullframefest.org.

RESUBMISSIONS: If you previously submitted your film to Full Frame and were not accepted, we discourage you from submitting again. If you feel that the changes made to your film are substantial enough to merit additional consideration, please email submissions@fullframefest.org.

PREMIERES: Full Frame does not have a formal premiere requirement. When making final decisions, programmers do take a film’s exposure into consideration, especially prior screenings in North Carolina, wide play on the festival circuit, a national television broadcast, or a theatrical release.

FEEDBACK: Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to provide individualized feedback to filmmakers at this time.

Have additional questions about submitting? Please email submissions@fullframefest.org.