The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is one of the United States' premier documentary film festivals, held over the course of four days each spring at the Carolina Theater in Durham, North Carolina. Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt in one fashion or another to " Document " reality A film festival is the presentation or showcasing of Films in one or more Movie theaters or screening venues The Carolina Theatre of Durham is an historic landmark in downtown Durham North Carolina in the United States of America. Durham is a city in the US state of North Carolina. It is the County seat of Durham County It began in 1998 with no more than a few hundred patrons and has grown tremendously since then.
The festival is renowned for its presentation of both new and curated documentaries as well as panel discussions, seminars, and question and answer sessions, along with the support it has garnered from filmmakers, film industry executives, and the general public. Produced by the non-profit organization Doc Arts, Inc. , the festival is funded by private sponsors, some corporate. A few examples of sponsors include The New York Times, Duke University, A&E, and HBO. Duke University is a private Research University located in Durham, North Carolina, United States.
Full Frame has reached national recognition not just from its impressive programming but also the presence of numerous filmmaking celebrities. Over the years, those attending have included Morgan Spurlock, Michael Moore, DA Pennebaker, Martin Scorsese, Mira Nair, Al Franken, Sydney Pollack and many others. Morgan Spurlock (born November 7, 1970) is an American documentary Filmmaker, Television producer and Screenwriter Michael Francis Moore (born April 23 1954 is an Academy Award -winning American filmmaker author and liberal Political commentator. Donn Alan "D A" Pennebaker (born July 15, 1925) is an American Documentary filmmaker and one of the pioneers of Direct Cinema Mira Nair (born October 15 1957 at Rourkela, India) is an India -born New York -based Film director Alan Stuart "Al" Franken (born May 21 1951 is an Emmy Award –winning American Comedian, Writer, progressive Sydney Irwin Pollack ( July 1, 1934 – May 26, 2008) was an American Film director, producer and Actor.
The festival receives over 1,000 new films for consideration, the most of any documentary awards festival in the United States. In 2007 alone, the 10th anniversary of the festival, Full Frame received over 2,100 submissions, of which a select 85 were chosen.
The prizes awarded at the 2006 festival: