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 2020, 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 11 - 14. NOTE: As of June, the festival is still planned and scheduled to take place in a theatre environment. Potential waves of the COVID-19 Pandemic may alter those plans.

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
  • Aycil Yeltan

    I was very pleased to be a part of this wonderful festival. Sean was amazingly helpful for every step... And even though I could not make it there; he reached out to me in person to transmit the audience`s feedback... I hope I can join them with my next film in person. I am so curious how Fargo looks like ...

    March 2020
  • Magali An Berthon

    I could not attend the festival but I have really appreciated the communication with the organizing team, their precision and kindness throughout the whole process. This festival really loves filmmakers and supports films with a humanistic approach.

    November 2019
  • I am happy I had an opportunity to be part of the festival. Awesome communication, great festival

    November 2019
  • Aimie Vallat

    While I was unable to attend the festival, all my communication with festival staff from early submission until post festival has been outstanding. The process to submit was very easy and straight forward. I applaud the work of this festival, their staff and volunteers, who are working hard to shine a light on today's most pressing and critical stories by focusing solely on human rights stories. As a filmmaker dedicated to telling stories of social justice and human dignity I am grateful for their dedication and commitment to these topics. Keep up the great work! I highly recommend this festival and hope to attend in the future.

    November 2019
  • J. Alberto Andrés Lacasta

    I am very proud to have been able to participate with my film, congratulations¡¡¡¡ I It´s very important that you continue betting on cinema and human rights. It is an essential theme and cinema can bring a lot of visibility to these serious problems, NDHRFF is great¡¡

    November 2019