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Full Frame Added as PGA-eligible Festival
Aug 22, 2012

Annual event in Durham can serve as platform for awards-qualifying documentaries

DURHAM -- The Producers Guild of America has added Durham's Full Frame Documentary Film Festival to its list of official festivals for awards-qualifying films.

The internationally renowned festival that takes place in the Bull City each spring was joined by the South By Southwest Film Festival and the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival as new additions to the organization's official festivals.

Among other exhibition methods, theatrically released documentaries that have screened in competition at these festivals will now be eligible for the Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture award.

“This decision by the PGA answers a call among many in the film community that festivals focused on the documentary form have become an important supplement to the commercial marketplace, which, despite a few notable successes, is still limited in terms of documentary releases,” said Full Frame executive director Deirdre Haj. “It is an incredible honor for Full Frame and our colleagues at Silverdocs and SXSW and will be welcome news to our filmmakers that were here with us in 2012!”

AFI Fest, Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Festival International Du Film, Los Angeles Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Venice Film Festival are already PGA-eligible festivals.

A seven-day theatrical commercial run in a PGA-sanctioned market remains a valid method for entry.

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of non-fiction cinema. Each spring Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham for a four-day, morning to midnight array of over 100 films as well as discussions, panels, and southern hospitality. Set within a four-block radius at several venues including the historic Carolina Theater, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation between filmmakers, film professionals and the general public.

The Festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies (a non-profit, 501 c 3), and receives support from corporate sponsors, private foundations and individual donors whose generosity provides the foundation that makes the event possible.  In 2011, the festival hosted over 32,000 patrons while presenting 101 total films from 27 different countries.

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