FFF15 Offers Saturday Morning Animation Workshop for All Ages

FFF15RegularshowCartoon Network’s Toby Jones and Maddie Queripel  (Regular Show) will lead a hands-on workshop exploring the foundations of television animation and the creative process of bringing your ideas to life. If you’ve ever wanted to know how TV animation is made, this is your chance. No experience necessary!  

Recommended for ages 10 to 110.

Admission is $12 and the event will be held at the Plains Art Museum on Saturday, March 7 from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

Space is limited. Call 701.239.8385 to register.

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter to Screen at FFF15

FFF15kumiko1The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce the regional premiere of the critically acclaimed new feature “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter.” The film will screen at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at the Fargo Theatre.

After debuting at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it received a Special Jury Prize, “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” went on to receive two Independent Spirit Award nominations (Best Director for David Zellner and Best Female Lead for Rinko Kikuchi).

In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (“Babel,” “Pacific Rim”) stars as Kumiko, an introverted office worker whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of the Coen Brothers movie “Fargo,” which she mistakes for a documentary. She fixates on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, Kumiko leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it – and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies.

“One of the best films to ever premiere at Sundance.” —David Ehrlich (Film.com)

“A beguiling fable of buried treasure and movie-fed obsession.” —Scott Foundas (Variety)

Fargo audiences have the unique opportunity to see “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” before its national theatrical release. Tickets go on sale February 23 at the Fargo Theatre box office.

FFF15 Full Program Schedule Announced


The Fargo Film Festival is pleased to share the program schedule for our upcoming event.

Click here for a PDF of the 2015 glossy program guide.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Noon: Opening press conference at the Historic Fargo Theatre

Tuesday Afternoon Session
Screen 1
2:00  Albert Einstein
2:05  Forgot
2:10  Velocity
2:15  Rabbit & Deer
2:35  The Stillbrave 100
2:50  Elgin Park
3:00  The Landing
3:30  I Am Big Bird

Screen 2
2:00  Hand of Flame
2:10  Enfilade
2:20  Love Out of Mind
2:35  The Great Rabbit
2:45  A Void
2:50  Border Trafficking
3:15  Labour of Love

Tuesday Evening Session
Screen 1
7:00 PM  The Overnighters


Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Wednesday Morning Session
Screen 1
10:00 No Two Alike
10:01  370 New World
10:05  Displacements
10:15  Morphette
10:20  All Flowers in Time
10:35  The Black Beast
10:45  Aspie Seeks Love

Screen 2
10:00  Lure
10:05  The Daughter
10:10  Reformed Citizen
10:20  Mojave Junction
10:35  Broken Jam
10:50  The Green Serpent
11:20  Because No One Else Would
11:40  September Sketch Book
11:50  The Star Fishing Boy

Wednesday Afternoon Session
Screen 1
1:30  Bbrraattss
1:35  Ostrichland
1:50  Net Positiva
2:00  The Past in the Present
2:20  Sea Odyssey
2:35  The Album
3:00  Home Made
3:15  Martin’s Pink Pickle

Screen 2
1:30  Just Eat It
3:15  Am I Awake?
3:20  The Runner
3:25  Into the Silent Sea
3:50  The Wolverine
4:00  In the Blind
4:15  The Struggle of Libations
4:25  Lines in the Sand
4:40  Moths

Wednesday Evening Session
Screen 1
7:00 The House on Pine Street


Thursday, March 5, 2015 
Thursday Morning Session
Screen 1
10:00  Still/Running
10:05  The Stillbrave 100
10:20  Stella Walsh
10:35  Alive Inside

Screen 2
10:00  Codex
10:20  Very Good Dirt
10:35  7 ½ Steps
10:40  Before You
10:45  Flutter
11:10  Strangers
11:30  Controversies
11:50  Eager

Thursday Afternoon Session
Screen 1
1:30  Frabbits
1:35  Berlin Troika
1:45  Suite for Two Band Geeks
2:05  Fixed
2:10  Schlock Fish
2:15  5 Ways 2 Die
2:30  Work Mate
2:50  Cherry Pop
3:05  Check Please
3:15  Shooting Star
3:30  If Memory Serves

Screen 2
1:30  Stories Forlorn
3:30  The Boy from Geita

Thursday Evening Session
Screen 1
7:00  Story Corps
7:20  AJ’s Infinite Summer
7:40  The Chaperone
8:05  Destroyer
8:25  Tom in America
8:50  World of Tomorrow


Friday, March 6, 2015
Friday Morning Session
Screen 1
10:00  La Fille aux  Feuilles
10:05  #30
10:15  International Documentary Challenge 2014 Finalists

Screen 2
10:00  Carry On
10:20  Heemwei

Friday Afternoon Session
Screen 1
1:30  Wire Cutters
1:40  Whispering Pines
2:05  Arcadia
2:20  The Bath
3:15  Stay Then Go

Screen 2
1:30  Wicker Kittens
3:30  The Overnighters

Friday Evening Session
Screen 1
7:00  It Follows
9:45  2-Minute Movie Contest


Saturday, March 7, 2015
Saturday Morning Session
Screen 1
9:30  Elgin Park
9:40  Rabbit & Deer
10:00  The Landing
10:15  The Syndrome

Screen 2
9:30  The Mural
9:50  Moths
10:10 Frequencies

Saturday Afternoon Session
Screen 1
1:30  Presentation of the 2015 Margie Bailly Volunteer Spirit Award to Tony Tilton
1:40  2-Minute Movie Contest Winner
1:45  Coda
1:55  Into the Silent Sea
2:20  The Window Between Worlds
2:45  Confluence
2:50  The Chaperone
3:30  Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Screen 2
1:30  Carry On
1:45 Preggoland
3:30  I Am Big Bird

Saturday Evening Session
Screen 1
7:00 John Waters in This Filthy World and Presentation of the Ted M. Larson Award

Special Rates for Guests During FFF 15

FFF15hojo1Our good friends at the Downtown Fargo Howard Johnson Inn are offering a special discount for Fargo Film Festival attendees.

Special room rates of $69/night (Tuesday through Thursday) and $79/night (Friday and Saturday) are now available, but must be booked by February 17 to receive the discount.

Call (701) 232-8850 to make a reservation.

We will see you at the 2015 Fargo Film Festival!


It Follows to Screen at FFF15

FFF15itfollows1The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce the regional premiere of one of the year’s most anticipated and critically acclaimed horror films, It Follows.

After debuting at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for the International Critics’ Week Grand Prize, this intelligent chiller from writer/director David Robert Mitchell launched a remarkable festival run, earning praise from international and domestic critics alike.  It Follows recently wowed audiences at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and currently has a 100% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com

“It’s smart, original, rich with allegory, and has a handful of white-knuckle scares that will creep you out long after you see it.”—Entertainment Weekly 

Producers and Fargo natives Jeff Schlossman, Bill Wallwork, and Erik Rommesmo of Northern Lights Films are proud to bring this special screening to Fargo-Moorhead audiences at the Fargo Film Festival.

It Follows will screen at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6 at the Fargo Theatre. Schlossman and Rommesmo will participate in an audience Q&A following the screening.
Tickets and film festival passes go on sale Monday, February 23 at the Fargo Theatre box office.

FFF 15′s 2-Minute Movie Contest Submission Deadline Is February 14

FFF152minutevalentineThe Fargo Film Festival’s always popular and entertaining 2-Minute Movie Contest will return on Friday, March 7, 2015 at the Fargo Theatre. Moviemakers can submit movies until Saturday, February 14, 2015.

Hey kids! You can:

1 Make a movie no longer than 2 minutes.

2 Fill out an entry form.

3 Submit the form and a copy of your movie as a .mov file on a flash drive or via a Dropbox (or similar) link to the Fargo Theatre by Saturday, February 14th, 2015.

4 Show up on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 9:45 p.m. at the Fargo Theatre and enjoy the show. Admission is 2 dollars.

Submission Deadline: Movies must be received by Saturday, February 14th, 2015 at the Fargo Theatre along with a completed entry form.

All movies must be entered by the official entry deadline. Submitted movies must have a title. There is no fee to enter and contestants may enter up to two movies per moviemaker. No more than two movies in a series or presented as episodes will be allowed. Moviemakers are responsible for copyright clearance to all images and music. Movies must be submitted on flash drive as a .mov file or as a Dropbox link (contact the theatre for more information if you choose the link option). The contest does not accept movies on any other format. Entries on DVD will not be accepted.

Do not under any circumstances submit your original or master copy. If possible, flash drives will be returned to moviemakers at the public showing. The final program will be selected from the pool of entries and a panel of at least five festival judges will choose the winning movies. Filmmakers will be notified by email if their work will not be screened.

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The 2-Minute Movie Contest is competitive and not all submissions will be selected for public screening. Download the entry form here. Get Adobe Reader

Williston-set “The Overnighters” to Open the 2015 Fargo Film Festival

FFF15overnighters1The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce the Sundance award-winning documentary and Oscar shortlisted “The Overnighters” as the opening night showcase for the 2015 Festival.

Winner of the Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, “The Overnighters” is “one of the most remarkable examples of layered non-fiction storytelling to come along in some time.” (Indiewire)

In the small town of Williston, North Dakota, tens of thousands of unemployed hopefuls show up with dreams of honest work and a big paycheck under the lure of the oil boom. However, busloads of newcomers chasing a broken American Dream step into the stark reality of slim work prospects and nowhere to sleep.

Over at Concordia Lutheran Church, Pastor Jay Reinke is driven to deliver the migrants some dignity. Night after night, he converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, opening the church’s doors to allow the “Overnighters” to stay for a night, a week or longer.

Many who take shelter with Reinke are living on society’s fringes and with checkered pasts, and their presence starts affecting the dynamics of the small community. The congregants begin slinging criticism and the city council threatens to shut the controversial program down, forcing the pastor to make a decision which leads to profound consequences that he never imagined.

“A masterpiece [&] a stunning piece of Americana…one of the best films of the year.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“A gripping saga…moving and almost operatic.” — Salon

“Truly extraordinary…as rich emotionally as it is enlightening.” — RogerEbert.com

“The Overnighters” will screen at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3 at the Fargo Theatre. Director Jesse Moss and subject Jay Reinke will participate in an audience Q&A following the movie. Tickets and Festival passes go on sale February 23 exclusively at the Fargo Theatre box office. 

John Waters to Receive Ted M. Larson Award at FFF 15

FFF15Johnwaters1The Fargo Film Festival and Jade Presents are excited to announce that John Waters will appear as a special guest during the Fargo Film Festival’s closing night program on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

Waters will present his acclaimed one-man show “This Filthy World: Filthier and Dirtier,” a “vaudeville” act that celebrates the film career and obsessive tastes of the man William Burroughs once called the “Pope of Trash.” Focusing on Waters’ early negative artistic influences and his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, and the extremes of sexual politics, this joyously devious and continuously updated monologue is a rallying cry against the tyranny of good taste and serves as a call to arms for filth followers everywhere.

Waters, whose legendary films include “Pink Flamingos,” “Female Trouble,” “Desperate Living,” “Polyester,” “Hairspray,” “Cry-Baby,” “Serial Mom,” and many others, will receive from the Fargo Film Festival the Ted M. Larson Award for his contributions to the world of cinema.

Reserved seating tickets for this special event will go on sale Friday, January 30 at 11 a.m. at JadePresents.com, at the Tickets 300 box office (300 Broadway), or by calling 866-300-8300. Tickets for John Waters will cost $34.50 (additional fees may apply) and are sold separately from all festival passes and pass packages.

Please note that “This Filthy World: Filthier and Dirtier” is recommended for mature audiences.

“World of Tomorrow” to Screen at FFF 15

FFF15Worldoftomorrow1We are thrilled to announce that Don Hertzfeldt’s “World of Tomorrow” will screen at the 2015 Fargo Film Festival, just a few weeks following its world premiere on opening night of the Sundance Film Festival.

Hertzfeldt’s past work has received numerous honors from film festivals far and wide, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay at the Fargo Film Festival for “I Am So Proud of You” and Best Director for “It’s Such a Beautiful Day.”

The Oscar-nominated animator received the Ted M. Larson Award from the Fargo Film Festival in 2012, and his on-stage interview remains one of the festival’s all-time highlights.

We offer Don Hertzfeldt our most sincere congratulations on his Sundance premiere and look forward to sharing “World of Tomorrow” with our excited festival audiences in Fargo in March.

FFF 2015 Animated Films Announced

FFF15coda1The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce its official program of animated films for 2015. Congratulations to this outstanding group of moviemakers.

Coda (Alan Holly)

The Chaperone (Fraser Munden & Neil Rathbone)

AJ’s Infinite Summer (Toby Jones)
Albert Einstein (John Akre)
Bbrraattss (Ian Cheng)
Eager (Allison Schulnik)
Forgot (Stephen McNally)
Frabbits (Charlie Kothe)
The Great Rabbit (Atsushi Wada)
La Fille aux Feuilles (Marina Rosset)
Rabbit and Deer (Peter Vacz)
September Sketch Book (Ronnie Cramer)
The Star Fishing Boy (Chuanshu Shi)
Velocity (Karolina Glusiec)
A Void (Joseph Hodgson)
Wire Cutters (Jack Anderson)