Festival Programmers: Full Frame

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
August 1, 2008

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Phoebe Brush
Date: April 2 to 5, 2009 in Durham, North Carolina
Upcoming submission dates: August 15 to November 30, 2008

What is the mandate for the festival?
We look for great storytellers, and that includes excellence in all aspects of the documentary craft. We also look for innovation and stylistic risk-taking, contemporary relevance and work that makes us laugh! Documentary has a reputation as a ‘dark art’ and when we can balance that with humor, we are thrilled.

What’s your advice for filmmakers?
Don’t be discouraged when a festival passes on your film. There are many reasons it can happen that have nothing to do with the quality of your work. They can include space considerations or topical balance in the program, among many others. Keep at it!

What’s the standout film from your most recent fest?
2008 was a standout year for docs in general. I can’t pick just one!

What’s the impact of online film fests and distribution on your fest? Are they friend or foe?
Any opportunity that helps independent filmmakers get their work out in the world is a friend of ours.

What’s your personal gauge of a successful festival?
You can just feel it. The energy in the theaters and corridors, the passionate debates still sparking on closing day, happy filmmakers and rowdy audiences.

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