20th Annual

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

April 06, 2017 to April 09, 2017


Documentary: Short Form


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Regular Deadline
October 31, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Late Deadline
December 15, 2016
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 3, 2017

Shorts: maximum 40 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2016

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
Media Files
  Other - Digital

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)
Film Gauge

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

Do not submit a press kit.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

By submitting an application, your film will be considered for both the NEW DOCS and Invited Program categories. Filmmakers whose films are selected for Full Frame will be notified at the time of acceptance whether their films will be screening in the NEW DOCS competitive program or the Invited Program. Films screening in the Invited Program are not eligible for awards. The NEW DOCS awards presented at the 2016 festival are listed below. Awards are subject to change for the 2017 festival.

The Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award
Sponsor: The Reva and David Logan Foundation
Cash Award Value: 15,000 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.
Sponsor: Asheville Field Office - Bob Allen Family Foundation
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

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
The President's 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

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

Category Rules


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

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

Screeners received after October 31 will be charged the late deadline fee. Screeners received after December 15 may not be considered. Entry fees are non-refundable.

ELIGIBILITY: Short and feature documentary films completed after January 1, 2016, are eligible for Full Frame 2017.

SUBMISSION FORMAT: Full Frame accepts Withoutabox Secure Online Screeners or Vimeo links. Vimeo links are preferred.

NOTIFICATIONS: Notifications regarding acceptance will be sent no later than March 3, 2017.

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 updated versions of your film will be reviewed, but links to new cuts can be emailed to submissions@fullframefest.org.

RESUBMISSIONS: Unless you have completely reworked the film, we discourage you from submitting again.

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, we are unable to provide individualized feedback to filmmakers.

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