The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, unspooling in downtown Durham April 5-8, is one of the film industry’s most prestigious and popular annual events.
This is no home-town hyperbole, either. Full Frame is one of only a handful of film festivals worldwide dedicated solely to documentaries. In 2013, it was chosen as a qualifying festival for short-form docs with the Academy Awards. Full Frame is generally acknowledged as the place to be, come springtime, if you want to see the best documentary films of the past, present and future.
It’s also well regarded as a particularly friendly and well-organized film festival. Full Frame has a secret weapon in this regard: Each April, the festival deploys a small army of volunteers that keep everything running smoothly and on time. These are the people staffing the screening venues, shuttling filmmakers around, recycling everything, and generally making things tick.
So whether you have tickets in hand, or you plan to drop in last-minute and try your luck, feel free to approach anyone on site in a Full Frame Volunteer T-shirt. They’re energetic, knowledgeable and rather impossibly friendly. Asking volunteers is the best way to navigate Full Frame while you’re downtown.
What: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
When: April 5-8
Where: Venues in downtown Durham, including the Carolina Theatre, Durham Convention Center, Durham Arts Council and Full Frame Theater
Info: Box office is at 919-684-4444. fullframefest.org