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 the past several years, the festival has hosted several Oscar-nominated filmmakers.

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, and Leonard Maltin.

Awards & Prizes

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

Rules & Terms

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, an approved exhibition copy must be provided.

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

Movies must have been completed after January 1, 2016.

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

8 Reviews

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    Cable Hardin

    YES! What a sincere film-lover's experience this was. If ever there was a gem of a mid-western festival, this is one for the list! It is refreshing to be treated so kindly and generously, even as a regional filmmaker. The venue and locale is wonderful. Thanks FFF! See you soon again I hope!

    May 2017
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    Samuel Sprynczynatyk

    This was hands down the best festival I've been a part of! The knowledge presented in the panels, the amount of incredible and relevant films, the friendliness of the staff/volunteers, and the feeling of community were all aspects that made The Fargo film Festival an overall amazing experience. I hope to be a part of it again!

    April 2017
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    Jonathan Johnson

    A great festival that supports independent filmmakers making challenging work. Thanks for putting on such a great event!

    April 2017
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    john fortson

    Wonderfully passionate about great films with warm and communicative programmers. Audiences come out for the films, and the fest makes it fun for the filmmakers. Submit and Go.

    April 2017
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    Genevieve Clay-Smith

    An amazing experience for our filmmakers - hopefully we can attend again!

    April 2017