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.

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.

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

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, 2017.

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

Overall Rating
  • Great festival. Happy to be a part of it!

    April 2018
  • James Hughes

    The Fargo Film Festival is a very special film festival. They genuinely care about the filmmakers and their films, and commit a great deal of their time in ensuring you are fully immersed in everything they offer throughout the week, including talks, and even bowling. To top it off, all of the films are screened in the art deco magnificence of the Fargo Theatre, often to packed out audiences. This is a festival that is so good you just want to make films to be part of it.

    April 2018
  • James Kambeitz

    The Fargo Film Festival was great! The Executive Director and staff were very communicative, welcoming and hospitable. The quality of the festival is excellent, our dialogue with the audience during the Q&A was very meaningful and the Fargo Film Festival host asked thought-provoking questions and created a great interactive experience. I felt like some of the afternoon sessions weren't as well-attended as I'd hoped in terms of offering networking opportunities. The evening sessions were much better attended. I was wondering if it were 3 days, instead of 5, would it have more energy and better attendance. Regardless, I liked it and will be back.

    March 2018
  • kalpana subramanian

    Was great to be part of this festival!

    March 2018
  • Trysta Bissett

    The Fargo Film Festival is a wonderful fest and one of our team's favorites! The people - from the staff to the filmmakers to the festival goers - are so welcoming and generous. The Fargo Theatre is a beautiful venue and there is even an organist who plays before the evening films!! Lots of fun events and parties. Horror filmmakers, Fargo has a large horror community so please submit your films!

    March 2018