NC Film Festivals in National Spotlight: Full Frame enters 20th Year

Full Frame has become one of the most prestigious documentary film festivals in the nonfiction community. – Addie Morfoot, Variety

North Carolina’s film industry includes renowned film festivals hosted throughout the state, including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, which kicks off next month in downtown Durham.

Full Frame is an annual international event that draws the best in nonfiction cinema to North Carolina with events for both filmmaker and film lover during a four-day, morning-to-midnight screening of almost 100 films.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary Thursday, April 6 to Sunday, April 9 in downtown Durham, Full Frame is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. In addition to presenting an assortment of films, Full Frame features discussions and panels, encouraging conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public.

Full Frame is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council through the State Arts Resources grant program. Another State Arts Resource film festival is Cucalorus, held every fall in Wilmington, Other film festivals across the state receive funding through the N.C. Arts Council’s program support and Grassroots Arts Program grants.

Full Frame and many of the film festivals in North Carolina have evolved and transformed in the last two decades, providing opportunities for students who attend the numerous university film school programs, including UNC-Wilmington, Duke University, UNC-Asheville, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro, Wake Forest University, Davidson College and Saint Augustine’s College, in addition to the North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking, ranked among the best film schools in the country.

After college, filmmakers have a variety of resources to stay and create in the state, including the N.C. Arts Council’s Fellowship program that recognizes the best film and video artists living and working in North Carolina.

North Carolina offers a variety of film festivals for filmmakers and film lovers. Here are some other festivals of interest:

RiverRun International Film Festival, Winston-Salem
March 30-April 9

Visions Film Festival and Conference
Presented by UNC Wilmington Film Studies Department, Wilmington
March 31

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham  
April 6-9

Charlotte Black Film Festival, Charlotte
April 6-9

Longleaf Film Festival, Raleigh
May 12-13

Asheville Film Festival, Asheville
September 16, 2017

Charlotte Film Festival, Charlotte
September 22 - October 1

Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington  
November 8-12

Carrboro Film Festival, Carrboro
November 18-19