The mission of the North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival (NDHRFF) is to educate, engage, and facilitate discussion around local and world-wide human rights topics through the work of filmmakers and artists.

The film festival encourages filmmakers from around the world who have produced documentary, narrative or experimental films that engage human rights related topics or themes to submit their work to the festival.

While the festival rules out films that contain unacceptable inaccuracies of fact, films are not barred on the basis of a particular point of view. Films from both new and established filmmakers will be presented. International filmmakers are welcome to submit their work. Films for the festival will be selected via Jury, with equal concentration on human rights content and artistic merit.

In 2021, selected films and filmmakers will have the opportunity to have their films screened over four days at the historic Fargo Theatre in downtown Fargo, North Dakota, November 3 - 6.

If you have any questions about the festival or work submission, please email

Each category within the festival will host a juried competition for "Best of...". Additionally, an executive committee will award a "Best of Show" award annually to recognize a work with high artistic and informational value. Additional awards may be given within each category at the judgment of the jury (i.e. best cinematographer, editing, sound, etc.).

Award winning filmmakers will receive a physical award and small stipend to help with travel to the festival.

Filmmakers who have their films selected for the festival will receive an admissions package to the festival.


A full list of the Terms & Conditions are available at:

Highlights include:

- Entry fees are non-refundable.

- Filmmakers and artist must be authorized to submit their films to the NDHRFF, and have appropriate permissions and clearances for their films or art pieces.

- Once selected as a part of the official festival, a film may not pull out of the festival or withdraw its submission.

Overall Rating
  • One of our favorite film festivals! Sean Coffman and the NDHRFF team walk the walk = they treat the artists with incredible respect, are very communicative and are breaking new ground on getting the film festival to the people by taking the films around the state.

    November 2021
  • Jonathan Fisher

    Sean and his team go above and beyond, creating in 2021 a hybrid festival not just in one city but across the state in these challenging conditions. If your film concerns social justice, there is no better place for it!

    November 2021
  • Rose Steller Burke

    What an excellent festival! We were delighted to bring our film, Home From School: The Children of Carlisle, the festival's very engaged audiences. Beyond the thoughtful programming, the festival team took communication to a whole new level. Highly recommend this festival!

    November 2021
  • Jon Osaki

    I appreciate the extremely personal touch of the festival team. Great communicators and I was thriled to be part of this amazing festival.

    November 2021
  • Jennifer Enskat

    A wonderful festival; the breadth of the curation, the width of the screenings (five cities over two-plus weeks!), the personal communication, Sean's warmth and obvious care... I could go on. I am proud and pleased The Bride Price was included in the lineup.

    November 2021