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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  • Ning Hong

    Great! I'm wild with joy.

    April 2021
  • Eddie Shieh

    We're very honored to have our film NEUL未知ND (The Unknown) screen with Fargo this year. I hope to screen there again and take part in person. Thank you and be safe!

    March 2021
  • Luis Alberto Martín

    It´s been a pleasure for our "Bet" to be part of this festival within its 2-Minute competition and share online screens with such great productions in all its categories. The most important selection up to date for us. Thanks a lot.

    March 2021
  • Xin Li

    Thank you very much for having my film The Winter included in Fargo Film Festival. It is a great honour that it could be selected and receive the recognition. Thank you for the wonderful experience.

    March 2021
  • Amir Zargara

    Thanks for having us :)

    March 2021