The Fargo Film Festival is the premier annual moving picture event in the state of North Dakota. Featuring more than 100 movies every March, the five day festival takes place at the Historic Fargo Theatre, a beautiful, 870-seat art deco movie palace equipped with a Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ.

The Fargo Film Festival showcases work from all over the world and routinely programs movies that go on to receive distribution. In recent years, the festival has hosted several Oscar-nominated filmmakers and many Oscar-nominated films.

The festival's Ted M. Larson Award honors individuals who have demonstrated outstanding, longtime contributions to film education, film production, film culture, and/or film criticism and history. Recipients of the Ted M. Larson Award include George A. Romero, John Waters, Hal Hartley, Don Hertzfeldt, Janet Leigh, Richard Edlund, and Leonard Maltin.

The Fargo Film Festival names winners in each of its seven categories and also honors films with several special awards.

Moviemakers should note that the narrative feature category and the documentary feature category close on October 1. The Fargo Film Festival does NOT accept extended deadline submissions for either feature category. The remaining six categories offer an extended deadline.

Movies must be submitted electronically, via a link to a site such as Vimeo or the moviemaker's provided URL. No physical media, including DVD and Blu-ray, are accepted as submission copies.

If the moviemaker's work is selected, a DCP must be provided for exhibition.

Moviemakers must electronically submit a high-resolution image from their movie.

Movies must have been completed after January 1, 2019.

Moviemakers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and releases for public screening of their work.

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  • Fantastic festival! They care about the filmmaker. I could not attend in person but I am confident I will one day.

    April 2020
  • Realfake Newsource

    Glad to have been selected. Too bad the world went on quarantine.

    April 2020
  • Barbara Peikert

    Great festival with very good communication. Thank you for selecting my film.
    I look forward to be part of the festival next year!

    April 2020
  • Matin Akravi

    I really appreciate all the communication. Hope I'll be able to submit future projects.

    March 2020
  • Frankie De leonardis

    Great festival with an amazing team of people. Very communicative and super friendly. Go Fargo!

    March 2020