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 2019, selected films and filmmakers will have the opportunity to have their films screened in four cities in North Dakota: Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot.

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
  • Geneviève Delouche

    Wonderful Film festival with great communication! I'm glad to have participated to the official selection this year!

    December 2018
  • Michael Genz

    Thank you for selecting Mni Wiconi: Water is Life to be a part of an outstanding event such as the North Dakota Human Rights Film & Arts Festival!

    November 2018
  • Bob Trench

    An absolutely amazing festival. This is how every festival should be run. excellent communications, beautiful venue and a festival that cares about making the world a better place. We could not ask for more!

    November 2018
  • Samuel Sprynczynatyk

    A great festival with people who are truly passionate about film and human rights. Excited to be a part of it again!

    August 2018
  • Great festival for a first time run regarding Human Rights. Bravo!

    February 2018