In 2015, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival celebrates its eighteenth year presenting the best in nonfiction cinema, showcasing work by both established and emerging documentary filmmakers. Launched in 1998 as the DoubleTake Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies, the festival became independent and adopted its current name in 2002, gaining international recognition under the leadership of founder/director Nancy Buirski. In 2010, Full Frame again became a program of CDS with newly appointed festival director Deirdre Haj at the helm. Now, every April, the festival takes nearly a hundred films and thousands of patrons, filmmakers, and film professionals from around the world, mixes them into an intimate four-block landscape in downtown Durham, North Carolina, and magic ensues.
Full Frame’s renown grows—a qualifying festival in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Academy Awards® and for the Producers Guild of America Awards, one of MovieMaker magazine’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, a recent nominee for USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice awards in the film festival category—as does its reputation among documentary filmmakers as the place for their community to connect, a place where interaction among film folks and fans is widely encouraged.
Full Frame is not just a festival—its community-wide programs, including the student filmmaker-in-training summer program, School of Doc, and free film screenings and other programming take place throughout the year.