Full Frame Fellows (Duke University)

Duke University undergraduates have the unique opportunity to join other students from schools across the country in the Fellows Program of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, from Thursday, April 2, through Sunday, April 5, 2020. Applications are due at 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

DESCRIPTION: The Full Frame Fellows Program is aimed at educating, motivating, and nurturing students. Along with screening films, Fellows have the opportunity to network with documentary filmmakers and seek advice they can apply to their own careers. Last year, approximately 180 participants from 18 schools took part in the Fellows Program.

ITINERARY & FELLOWS SESSIONS: The 2020 Fellows Program will feature an itinerary of required screenings. When Fellows arrive, they will have preprinted tickets in their registration materials for the required events. This eliminates the task of selecting and securing tickets prior to the festival.

Students will also have the opportunity to attend a number of screenings of their choice. The Fellows Pass allows access to screenings via the Last Minute Line at times when there is not a required event.

Along with required screenings, the Fellows Program features two Fellows Sessions, which are master classes exclusively for Fellows. The Fellows Sessions will take place midday Friday and Saturday, with lunch provided by Full Frame. Past Fellows Session presenters include Alan Berliner, Stanley Nelson, Julie Goldman, Julia Reichert, and Steve James.

SELECTION OF STUDENTS: Students who participate in the Fellows Program come from a variety of backgrounds. Many students are well versed in documentary film history and production, while some have focused solely on narratives or have limited production experience. Some students are not film majors, but have an interest in non-fiction work or the potential use of documentary for social change. NOTE – If applying to be a Fellow, please refrain from purchasing a Student Pass until final selections have been made. All pass purchases are non-refundable and non-transferrable.


Each Fellows Pass includes:

  • Preprinted tickets to: Opening Night Film, Opening Night Party, all required Fellows screenings, and Sunday Awards Barbecue.
  • Admission to two exclusive Fellows Sessions with complimentary lunch.
  • Last Minute Line access to screenings and events when there is not a required Fellows screening, including panels in the A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy.

Note: Fellows are expected to attend the entire festival, Thursday, April 2, through Sunday, April 5.

How Duke undergraduates can apply for the 2020 Full Frame Fellows Program:
 Write a letter of interest (approximately 250 words) outlining how this opportunity will enrich your current area of study. Include in this letter your academic concentrations and your experience with and interest in the documentary tradition. Make sure to include your full name, email address, phone number, year, major/minor, hometown, and favorite documentary.

Send application letters via email (subject: FFDF Fellows Program) by 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 6 to: cds.undergrad.edu.assistant@gmail.com

You will receive confirmation by February 13 that your application was received. If you do not receive confirmation by then, please email cds.undergrad.edu.assistant@gmail.com.

Questions: email cds.undergrad.edu.assistant@gmail.com, and include “FFDF Fellows Program” in your subject line.

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies.