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 9:30 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)

FFF 2015 Documentary Features Announced

FFF15overnighters1The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce its official program of documentary features for 2015. Congratulations to this outstanding group of moviemakers.

The Overnighters (Jesse Moss)

Alive Inside (Michael Rossato-Bennett)
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (Dave LaMattina & Chad N. Walker)

Aspie Seeks Love (Julie Sokolow)
The Boy from Geita (Vic Sarin)
Just Eat It:  A Food Waste Story (Grant Baldwin)
The Syndrome (Meryl Goldsmith)
Wicker Kittens (Amy C. Elliott)

FFF 2015 Documentary Shorts Announced

FFF15notanymore1The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce its official program of documentary shorts for 2014. Congratulations to this outstanding group of moviemakers.

Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution (Matthew VanDyke)

Elgin Park (Danny Yourd)
The Mural (Francisco Guijarro)

Because No One Else Would (Tim Finkbiner & Dan Oliver)
Cherry Pop: The Story of the World’s Fanciest Cat (Kareem Tabsch)
Controversies (Ryan McKenna)
The Green Serpent (Benny Jaberg)
Net Positiva (Peter Cambor & Ian McGee)
The Past Is in the Present: At Home with Gunther Schuller (Paul Sanchez & Mary Trunk)
7 1/2 Steps (Travis Jule)
Stella Walsh (Rob Lucas)
Still/Running (Wayne de Lange & Sven Harding)
The Stillbrave 100 (Jay Korff)
Very Good Dirt (Catharine Parke)
The Wolverine: The Fight of the James Bay Cree (Ernest Webb) 

FFF 2015 Experimental Films Announced

FFF15confluence1The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce its official program of experimental films for 2015. Congratulations to this outstanding group of moviemakers.

Confluence (Noah Shulman)

Codex (Micah Bloom)

All Flowers in Time (Jonathan Caouette)
Am I Awake? (Alex Italics)
Arcadia (Rick Fisher)
Before You (Michael T. Vollmann)
Displacements (Manuel Alvarez Diestro)
La Bete Noire [The Black Beast] (Francoise Lavoie-Pilote)
Morphette (Magda Matwiejew)
No Two Alike (Ronnie Cramer)
370 New World (Marcantonio Lunardi)

FFF 2015 Narrative Feature Films Announced

FFF15oxvthemanual1The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce its official program of narrative features for 2015. Congratulations to this outstanding group of moviemakers.

Frequencies (Darren Paul Fisher)

The House on Pine Street (Aaron Keeling, Austin Keeling, Natalie Jones)
Labour of Love (Sanjay Shah)

Heemwei (Sacha Bachim)
If Memory Serves (Andrew DeVary)
Martin’s Pink Pickle (Rene Brar)
Preggoland (Jacob Tierney)
Stay Then Go (Shelli Ainsworth)
Stories Forlorn (Uri Schwarz & Jason Sankey)

FFF 2015 Narrative Short Films Announced

FFF15intothesilentsea1The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce its official program of narrative shorts for 2015. Congratulations to this outstanding group of moviemakers.

Into the Silent Sea (Andrej Landin)

Berlin Troika (Andrej Gontcharov)
The Landing (Josh Tanner)

#30 (Timothy Wilde)
The Bath (Mark Lundsten)
Check Please (Geoffrey James)
Cidadao Reformado [Reformed Citizen] (Pedro Anversa & Joao Segall)
Destroyer (Andrew Kightlinger)
5 Ways 2 Die (Daina Papadaki)
Fixed (Burleigh Smith)
Flutter (Elliot Cowan & Francis Ghersci)
Grenzverkehr [Border Trafficking] (Peter Rautek)
Home Made (Mark Sheridan)
In the Blind (Davis Hall)
La Hija (Jazmin Rada)
Lines in the Sand (Laetitia Yhapp)
Lure (Kyle Robinson)
Mojave Junction (Christian Jean)                                                                  
The Runner (Bill Labonia) 
Schlock Fish (Esteban Uribe)
Strangers (Eric D. Howell)
The Struggle of Libations (Erin Mullally)
Tom in America (Flavio Alves)
Whispering Pines (Jason Johnson)
Work Mate (Genevieve Clay-Smith)