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
  • Charlotte Dafol

    Great selection of films and a very serious organization. Thanks a lot for the opportunity.

    January 2021
  • A great experience! Communication was straight forward and they adapted pretty well to the pandemic. As responsable as they could be!

    December 2020
  • Michael Hewitt

    We were delighted to be part of this wonderful festival and the support throughout from Sean and his team was exceptional. We hope to return to the festival in person.

    November 2020
  • Tathagata Ghosh

    A brilliant festival which puts filmmakers always at the front. Great curation and excellent communication. The way the festival hosted its online edition was amazing. Kudos to Sean and his team. I can't wait to be back again. Thanks for honouring our film "Miss Man" with the Best Narrative Short award!

    November 2020
  • 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