FFF 15 Poster Design



The Fargo Film Festival is proud to debut the 2015 poster and program artwork. Conceived and created by Jeff Knight, the new design continues the festival’s tradition of beautiful and engaging imagery. We are grateful to Jeff for sharing his considerable talents. 

You can learn more about Jeff by visiting his website.

FFF 15 Call for Entries

The Fargo Film Festival is excited to announce the call for entries for 2015. All submissions must be completed through Film Freeway or Withoutabox.

Additionally, movies must be submitted electronically, either through Film Freeway or WAB’s secure online screener option or via a link to a site such as Vimeo or the moviemaker’s URL. No physical media, including DVD and Blu-ray, are accepted as submission copies. If the moviemaker’s work is selected, an approved exhibition copy must be provided.




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2015 Fargo Film Festival Submission Deadlines:
Earlybird Submission Deadline: August 1, 2014
Regular Submission Deadline: September 1, 2014
Late Submission Deadline: October 1, 2014
Extended Deadline: November 1, 2014

See You in 2015!

FFF14Bowl1The Fargo Film Festival would like to thank all the volunteers, audience members, panelists, visiting moviemakers, board members, projectionists, theatre staff, and everyone else who helped to make 2014 the most successful and rewarding experience to date. Our fourteenth outing featured more than 100 amazing movie experiences that will not be forgotten.

The quality and breadth of the movies showcased in the Fargo Film Festival continue to impress cinema devotees from the community, the region, and beyond. We will most certainly be back in 2015. If you are an audience member, we thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you next March.

If you are a moviemaker, we can’t wait to see your next project; submissions are open year-round.

Saturday, March 8 FFF Programming

Click here for a PDF of the complete FFF 14 glossy program book.

Saturday, March 8

Saturday Morning Session

Screen 1
9:15 AM: Wrest
9:20 AM: Sturzende Tauben
9:40 AM: Life Changing Moments
10:00 AM: Butterflies, Honorable Mention in Animation
10:15 AM: Dotty
10:25 AM: F-Line, Winner Best Experimental Film
10:35 AM: Home Delivery
11:00 AM: Duk County, Honorable Mention in Documentary Short

Screen 2
9:30 AM: Two Seconds After the Laughter
9:45 AM: Pray Me Down
10:00 AM: There Is No God and We All Die Alone, Honorable Mention in Student Film
10:20 AM: Virtuos Virtuell, Honorable Mention in Experimental Film
10:30 AM: Tu seras un homme

Saturday Afternoon Session

Screen 1
1:30 PM: Rubia
1:40 PM: Sleight of Hand, Winner Best Animated Film
1:50 PM: Night Shift, Honorable Mention in Narrative Short
2:05 PM: Beauty Mark
2:15 PM: Girl Who Lives in a Tree
2:40 PM: Framing the Other, Winner Best Documentary Short
3:05 PM: Dress
3:30 PM: Dust of War

Screen 2
1:30 PM: Putzel, Honorable Mention in Narrative Feature
3:15 PM: Brave Miss World

Saturday Evening Session

Screen 1
7:00 PM: Presentation of Margie Bailly Volunteer Spirit Award and Ted M. Larson Award
7:15 PM: 2-Minute Movie Contest Winner
7:20 PM: Light Me Up, Honorable Mention in Animation
7:30 PM: First Prize, Winner Best Student Film
7:50 PM: Foxes, Honorable Mention in Narrative Short
8:05 PM: The Interviewer, Winner Best Narrative Short
8:30 PM: 3 Mile Limit, Winner Best Narrative Feature


Kevin McMullin at FFF 14 on March 8

FFF14McMullin1The Fargo Film Festival is excited to announce that Kevin McMullin will attend FFF 14.

McMullin’s work has been honored by the National Board of Review, Marion Carter Green Foundation, IFP, screened at film festivals including Tribeca, Slamdance, Los Angeles, won the New York Television Festival, and aired on PBS.

Recently, he wrote a musical sitcom pilot for MTV, and directed a short film about a boy and his pet dinosaur for HBO.

His first feature “Exit 117” was released on Hulu, Netflix, and DVD in 2010. His second feature “Aboard the Carousel” world premiered at the 2013 New Orleans Film Festival where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.

Kevin lives in NYC and creates commercial and music video content. He is currently developing several television and film projects. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and “First Prize” was made as his final project at Columbia University.

McMullin will be present for a Q & A immediately following the screening of “First Prize,” 7:30 PM, Saturday, March 8 at the Historic Fargo Theatre.

Eleanor Winkler at FFF 14 on March 8

FFF14Eleanorwinkler1The Fargo Film Festival is excited to welcome Eleanor Winkler to FFF 14 on March 8.

Winkler is a film and theatre producer committed to representing cultural diversity through her work. She is also the co-founder of Bus Stop Films, a not-for-profit filmmaking company that works with marginalized communities to bring their stories to the screen.

Throughout her career she has produced two comedy pilots, ten short films, two web series and line produced two indie Australian features. Her work has been screened around the globe and sold across the Australasian and European broadcast markets.

Since its release in 2013, “The Interviewer” has screened at over 30 festivals internationally and won over 20 accolades, including Best Foreign Comedy at the International Family Film Festival, California, Audience Choice at Short Shorts Asia, and the Jury Award at Canada International Film Festival.

Winkler will participate in a Q & A following the screening of “The Interviewer” at 8:05 PM on Saturday, March 8 at the Historic Fargo Theatre.

Roger Furlong at FFF 14 on March 8

FFF14Rogerfurlong1The Fargo Film Festival is excited to welcome Roger Furlong to FFF 14 on March 8.

Dr. Furlong, a Montana-based opthamologist, was part of the medical team that went to the South Sudan in 2011 to restore eyesight to over 200 people as documented in the film “Duk County.”

Furlong received his medical doctorate at the University of California San Francisco Medical School followed by his residency in ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute in Los Angeles, California. His fellowship in Anterior Segment Surgery was performed at the University of Utah, Department of Ophthalmology in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Furlong specializes in glaucoma, anterior segment surgery and intraocular lens-related problems along with routine eye care and cataract implant surgery.

Dr. Furlong will be present for a Q & A immediately following the showing of “Duk County” at 11 AM on Saturday, March 8.

Andrew Kightlinger at FFF 14 on March 8

FFF14Andrewkightlinger1The Fargo Film Festival is excited to welcome Andrew Kightlinger to FFF 14 on March 8.

Born and raised in Madagascar before moving to South Dakota, Kightlinger has been a film director since 2008.  His work has appeared at San Diego Comic-Con and the Palm Springs International ShortFest.

In 2013, he released his feature directorial debut, “Dust of War,” a post-apocalyptic adventure starring Tony Todd and Doug Jones.  “Dust of War” premiered at Comic-Con and will play globally on DVD/VOD in 2014.

Additionally, his latest short “Paper People” was an official selection at the Academy Award-qualifying Palm Springs International ShortFest, as well as at 25 festivals nationwide.

Kightlinger’s upcoming projects include the short drama “Destroyer” starring Alan Ruck and Judith Hoag. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Film from Boston University (2011) and a Bachelor of Arts in International Government and French from Augustana College in South Dakota (2008).

Kightlinger will be present for a Q & A immediately following the screening of “Dust of War” at 3:30 PM on Saturday, March 8 at the Historic Fargo Theatre.

Art Phillips to Receive Ted M. Larson Award at FFF 14

FFF14Artphillips1The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce that Art Phillips has been named the 2014 recipient of the Ted M. Larson Award.

Phillips is the general manager and director of Video Arts Studios, a full service creative communications and production facility with offices and studios in Fargo, North Dakota.

He was one of the original founders of the Fargo Film Festival in 2001 and has served on the Fargo Theatre Board of Directors. He also served on the North Dakota Film Commission. His love of film and music is apparent in his work as a director/producer over the past 35 years.

Phillips has won numerous awards in the director’s chair including honors from the Houston International Film Festival, Telly Awards, American Advertising Federation and the New York Film Festival. He was a Best Director finalist at the International Teleproduction Society Monitor Awards. Phillips was also presented the Silver Medal Award by the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota.

Phillips is also the director/producer of the documentary “The Road to Little Rock”. This is the courageous story of North Dakota Judge Ronald Davies and nine teenagers (the Little Rock Nine) who demonstrated enduring positive human qualities of courage, honor, determination and responsibility during the integration of Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas in 1957.

This incredible story features never-before-seen interviews with members of the Little Rock Nine and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. This film shows how one judge and nine students changed the course of the civil rights movement in America.

Art will be on hand following the screening of “The Road to Little Rock” on Friday, March 7 at 1:30 PM at the Historic Fargo Theatre to answer questions about the movie. He will receive the Ted M. Larson Award during the 7 PM closing evening session on Saturday, March 8.

Simone LeClaire at FFF 14 on March 8

FFF14Simoneleclaire1The Fargo Film Festival is excited to welcome our friend and one-time intern Simone LeClaire back to the festival as the 2014 recipient of the Rusty Casselton Award on Saturday, March 8.

LeClaire is an independent filmmaker from Minnesota. She received a BA in film production and film history/criticism from MSUM in May 2013, and currently resides in Minneapolis.

She is producing and designing a silent feature set during WW II, with production to take place this summer in Minneapolis and Fargo. Simone has also recently completed writing her first feature-length script, a found-footage story about a small town and its mysterious lake (she is VERY excited about this).

When not obsessing over a movie, Simone likes reading, playing guitar, staying up late, drinking tea, and learning about new things.

LeClaire will participate in a Q & A immediately following the screening of “Girl Who Lives in a Tree” on Saturday, March 8 at 2:15 PM at the Historic Fargo Theatre.