FFF 2013 Narrative Short Films Announced


The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce its official program of narrative shorts for 2013. Congratulations to our outstanding group of moviemakers.


Dood van een Shaduw (Death of a Shadow) (Tom Van Avermaet)


Paulie (Andrew Nackman)


Throat Song (Miranda de Pencier)


Blackbird (Harry Buerkle)

The Coffers (Eric Wilson)

Double or Nothing (Nathaniel Krause)

From Darkness (Andrew Erin)

Happy Voodoo (Jenny Goddard)

Head’s Up (Alex Merkin)

Henri (Eli Sasich)

How NOT to Quit Your Day Job (Mark Kerins)

1000 Grams (Tom Bewilogua)

The Office One (Jinyoup Kim)

Pesaran-e-Buzkashi (Buzkashi Boys) (Sam French)

The Pinto Edition (Elwin Bes)

Playing Through (Paul Wagner)

Private Sun (Rami Alayan)

Scenen (Hans Montelius)

Shino’s Show (Adam Watkins)

The Silk (Nathalie Boltt & Clare Burgess)

The Things My Father Never Taught Me (Burleigh Smith)

Threshold (Chase Thompson)

Tu & Eu (Edward Shieh)

Werewolf in a Girls’ Sorority (Andy Mogren)

Young(ish) (Renee Felice Smith)

FFF 2013 Student Films Announced


The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce its official program of student films for 2013. Congratulations to our outstanding group of moviemakers.


Tsuyako (Mitsuyo Miyazaki)


The Maiden and the Princess (Ali Scher)


Offline (Benjamin Lenz & Ian Bawa)


Incident at Public School 173 (Andrew Tilley)

Local Tourists (Doug Lenox)

Love Is No News (David Oleary)

Mossadegh (Roozbeh Dadvand)

Mother’s Milk (Sua Me) (Andy DeJohn)

Shoot the Moon (Alexander Gaeta)

Snow (Isaac Ergas)

Storywoods (Mary Horan)

The Naked Leading the Blind (Wim Vanacker)

To Rest in Peace (Fawaz Al-Matrouk)

Try Number Three (Matt Eckholm)

FFF 2013 Program Announcement


Judging is nearly complete in all categories of movies submitted to the 2013 Fargo Film Festival. The announcement of winning films, honorable mentions, and official selections will be made soon, and lists of titles for every category will be posted on the Fargo Film Festival website. The many volunteers, judges, and staff members of the Fargo Film Festival want to thank each and every moviemaker who submitted work for consideration. The quality of content continues to amaze and inspire.

Submissions for FFF 2013 Closed, Judging Underway


With the close of submissions, the 2013 Fargo Film Festival committees have begun the challenging task of judging more than two hundred entries from which to select the programming for the upcoming festival in March. Once again, moviemakers from near and far turned in their work, from one-minute shorts to two-hour features. The Fargo Film Festival attracts a cross-section of engaging visual works from all over the world, and looks forward to announcing our program once the juries have finished their work.

The 13th Annual Fargo Film Festival Now Accepting Withoutabox Online Entries!


The Fargo Film Festival prefers online entries submitted via Withoutabox.com, which provides cost-saving, paperless submission to film festivals around the world. Withoutabox’s internet-only submission platform features online applications via one master entry form, online fee payments, press kits, and the option to use Secure Online Screeners, an economical, eco-friendly, and secure alternative to traditional hard-copy DVD submissions. Fill out one master entry form and take advantage of quick entry, extended deadlines, and powerful submission management tools. There’s no extra cost to you, and by submitting, you’ll join Withoutabox’s global filmmaker community and stay in the loop about international exhibition opportunities. Click to submit your film today!

See You in 2013!

The 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 2012 the most successful and rewarding experience to date. Our twelfth outing featured some of the finest movies ever showcased in the festival and was enriched by the presence of so many talented and enlightening personalities.

The quality and breadth of the movies showcased in the Fargo Film Festival continues to impress cinema devotees from the community, the region, and beyond. We will most certainly be back in 2013. 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.

Films by Simon Tarr and Aaron Valdez Featured at Post-Party


The Fargo Film Festival was pleased to feature work by filmmakers Simon Tarr and Aaron Valdez at the 2012 closing night post-party held at Ecce.

Festival volunteer Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson curated the installation screening of Tarr’s “The Long Way Down” and Valdez’s “Dissolve.”

The festival would like to thank these talented filmmakers for sharing their visions with our guests.

2-Minute Movie Contest Tonight!

The Fargo Film Festival’s popular 2-Minute Movie Contest returns tonight beginning at 9:30pm at the Fargo Theatre. Admission is two dollars.

More than forty very short movies will be screened and judged this year, and the winner will have the honor of being shown during the festival’s closing night session on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

From parodies to fantasies, the 2-Minute Movie Contest showcases a wide range of content in a program where anything can – and often does – show up on the screen. You might cringe, you may roll your eyes once or twice, and you’ll almost certainly laugh at some of the movie snapshots on parade. Remember our motto: if you don’t like the movie on the screen, just wait two minutes and there will be something else to see.

FAIR WARNING: The 2-Minute Movie Contest features adult material, including some profanity and violent and sexual content that would typically be rated R and NC-17. Viewer discretion is advised.

2012 Best in Show Award Winners


The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce its 2012 Best in Show award winners.

Best Picture: Incident in New Baghdad (James Spione, director)

Best Director: Don Hertzfeldt (It’s Such a Beautiful Day)

Best Actor: Lee Tergesen (Silver Tongues)

Best Actress: Anna Margaret Hollyman (Small, Beautifully Moving Parts)

Best Screenplay: Simon Arthur (Silver Tongues)

Best Cinematography: Will Basanta (Jess + Moss)

Congratulations to all the winners for their incredible work.

Fargo Film Festival 2012 Program Schedule

Click Here for the Downloadable PDF Program (web resolution)

Tuesday, March 6 Evening Session (On Broadway)
8:00 p.m.  Jay & Silent Bob Get Old, featuring Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes live on the stage of the Historic Fargo Theatre

Wednesday, March 7 Morning Session (On Broadway)
10:00 a.m. My Hometown (animation)
10:10 a.m. Falling (experimental)
10:20 a.m. Serial Killer (student)
10:24 a.m. Heliotropes (animation)
10:30 a.m. The Power of Two (Honorable Mention Documentary Feature)

12:00 p.m. Lunch Panel: The Gift of Life. Join The Power of Two filmmaking team along with local doctors and transplant recipient to learn about organ donation and the ongoing challenge of raising awareness. Juano’s, $8.

Wednesday, March 7 Morning Session (Off Broadway)
10:00 a.m. Birdboy (animation)
10:15 a.m. God! (invited film)
10:30 a.m. Mommy’s Boy (narrative short)
10:45 a.m. The Beast Pageant (experimental)

Wednesday, March 7 Afternoon Session (On Broadway)
1:30 p.m. Heart (invited film)
1:40 p.m. Along the Road (narrative short)
1:55 p.m. Nature’s Child (student)
2:00 p.m. Clear Blue (narrative short)
2:20 p.m. Cat’s Cradle (invited film)
2:30 p.m. Faster! (student)
2:45 p.m. The Gloaming (animation)
3:00 p.m. Bertie Crisp (animation)
3:10 p.m. Vicenta (animation)
3:35 p.m. A Windigo Tale (narrative feature)

Wednesday, March 7 Afternoon Session (Off Broadway)
1:30 p.m. Blazing the Trail: The O’Kalems in Ireland (documentary feature)
3:00 p.m. The External World (animation)
3:15 p.m. Belly (animation)
3:25 p.m. Maska (invited film)
4:00 p.m. Fast Talk (documentary feature)

Wednesday, March 7 Evening Session (On Broadway)
7:00 p.m. The Power of Two (Honorable Mention Documentary Feature)
9:15 p.m. Age of Champions (Winner Best Documentary Feature)

Thursday, March 8 Morning Session (On Broadway)
10:00 a.m. The Tannery (animation)
10:10 a.m. Above the Knee (narrative short)
10:20 a.m. Reservation Realities (student)
10:30 a.m. Performance Anxiety (documentary short)
10:45 a.m. Fast Talk (documentary feature)

12:00 p.m. Lunch Panel: Hot Talk. Join filmmaker Debra Tolchinsky (Fast Talk) and local members of the collegiate debate community for a discussion about the world of competitive forensics. Juano’s, $8.

Thursday, March 8 Morning Session (Off Broadway)
10:00 a.m. Devil’s Gate (experimental)
10:20 a.m. Currency (narrative feature)

Thursday, March 8 Afternoon Session (On Broadway)
1:30 p.m. Daisy Cutter (animation)
1:40 p.m. Sang Froid (narrative short)
1:45 p.m. Cuddle Group (experimental)
1:55 p.m. Come Wander with Me (student)
2:00 p.m. Drumbeats (documentary short)
2:10 p.m. The Monster of Nix (animation)
2:40 p.m. Crooked Beauty (documentary short)
3:15 p.m. Somewhere Only We Know (Honorable Mention Experimental)
3:20 p.m. Dik (narrative short)
3:30 p.m. Silver Tongues (narrative feature)

Thursday, March 8 Afternoon Session (Off Broadway)
1:30 p.m. Top Secret Rosies (documentary feature)
2:30 p.m. Blue Mantle (experimental)
3:05 p.m. In the Absence of Light, Darkness Prevails (experimental)
3:20 p.m. Horsemen (documentary feature)

Thursday, March 8 Evening Session (On Broadway)
7:00 p.m. An Evening with Don Hertzfeldt
9:30 p.m. Adventures in Plymptoons! (documentary feature)

Thursday, March 8 (All-Star Bowl)
9:30 p.m. 1st Annual Bunny Lebowski Pro-Am Invitational. Join us for bowling, trivia, costume contest, and what have you. All-Star Bowl, $10 (includes shoe rental and bowling).

Friday, March 9 Morning Session (On Broadway)
10:00 a.m. Hamster Heaven (animation)
10:05 a.m. Papa’s Boy (animation)
10:10 a.m. After the Shearing (narrative short)
10:20 a.m. A Short Film About Ice-Fishing (narrative short)
10:30 a.m. Madtown (documentary short)
10:50 a.m. Like Sugar on the Tip of My Lips (student)
11:05 a.m. Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest (student)
11:10 a.m. Grandpa Looked Like William Powell (animation)
11:15 a.m. Francois Marconi: Man or God? (student)
11:30 a.m. The Books: A Video and Audio Retrospective

12:00 p.m. Lunch Panel: Acting for the Camera. Meet Rich Sommer and Fred Stoller as they engage in a conversation on the art, craft, and business of acting. Juano’s, $8.

Friday, March 9 Morning Session (Off Broadway)
10:00 a.m. Pioneer (narrative short)
10:15 a.m. Photos & Drawings (narrative short)
10:30 a.m. A Good Day to Die (documentary feature)

Friday, March 9 Afternoon Session (On Broadway)
1:00 p.m. Ant Farm (student)
1:15 p.m. Together: Dancing with Spinner Dolphins (experimental)
1:20 p.m. The Mariner (student)
1:40 p.m. Teen Writes: The Group That Opened the Box (invited film)
2:45 p.m. Flagpole (narrative short)
3:05 p.m. At the Formal (narrative short)
3:15 p.m. Method (narrative short)
3:30 p.m. Fred & Vinnie (narrative feature)

Friday, March 9 Afternoon Session (Off Broadway)
1:00 p.m. Among Us (narrative feature)
2:35 p.m. Language of the Unheard (documentary short)
2:55 p.m. Achante (experimental)
3:30 p.m. Beatles Stories (documentary feature)

Friday, March 9 Evening Session (On Broadway)
7:00 p.m. A Finger, Two Dots, Then Me (narrative short)
7:10 p.m. Tooty’s Wedding (narrative short)
7:30 p.m. Jess + Moss (Honorable Mention Narrative Feature)
9:30 p.m. 2-Minute Movie Contest

Saturday, March 10 Morning Session (On Broadway)
9:45 a.m. Melt (Winner Best Experimental Film)
9:55 a.m. Honesty in Perspective (invited film)
10:30 a.m. You Don’t Know Bertha Constantine (narrative short)
10:55 a.m. Duck, Death and the Tulip (invited film)
11:05 a.m. Guard Dog Global Jam (animation)
11:10 a.m. Moon Rock (Winner Best Student Film Non-Fiction)
11:20 a.m. Cookie (narrative short)
11:35 a.m. It’s Such a Beautiful Day (Winner Best Animation)

12:00 p.m. Lunch Panel: Making an Indie Work. Special guests Matt Walsh, Joe Lo Truglio, Matt L. Jones and Kirk Roos will discuss the making of the almost entirely improvised High Road and Clay Jeter and Brian Harstine will discuss the feature Jess + Moss. Juano’s, $8.

Saturday, March 10 Morning Session (Off Broadway)
10:00 a.m. Wings. Dirt. Magic. (invited film)
10:15 a.m. A Shadow of Blue (animation)
10:30 a.m. Gone (student)
10:45 a.m. Small, Beautifully Moving Parts (narrative feature)

Saturday, March 10 Afternoon Session (On Broadway)
1:30 p.m. Mound (Honorable Mention Animation)
1:35 p.m. Don’t Be Nervous (animation)
1:50 p.m. Method (narrative short)
2:00 p.m. Gynoid (Honorable Mention Student)
2:25 p.m. Waiting Room (narrative short)
2:35 p.m. Bear Force One (Honorable Mention Narrative Short)
3:10 p.m. TXT (Honorable Mention Documentary Short)
3:20 p.m. After-School Special (narrative short)
3:30 p.m. Bukowski (narrative short)
3:40 p.m. Mustache (student)
4:00 p.m. High Road (narrative feature)

Saturday, March 10 Afternoon Session (Off Broadway)
1:30 p.m. Silver Tongues (Honorable Mention Narrative Feature)
3:15 p.m. Age of Champions (Winner Best Documentary Feature)

Saturday, March 10 Evening Session (On Broadway)
7:00 p.m. Presentation of the Margie Bailly Volunteer Spirit Award to Greg Carlson
7:10 p.m. 2-Minute Movie Contest Winner
7:15 p.m. Misdirection (Winner Best Student Film Fiction)
7:35 p.m. A Morning Stroll (animation)
7:45 p.m. 5 Dollars (Winner Best Narrative Short Drama)
8:05 p.m. Incident in New Baghdad (Winner Best Documentary Short)
8:30 p.m. After the Credits (Winner Best Narrative Short Comedy)
8:45 p.m. Time Freak (narrative short)
9:15 p.m. LIVE ON STAGE: Matt Walsh and Rich Sommer in CELEBRITY, an interactive improv game show where “knowing fame wins the game”