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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Receives NEA Grant

$30,000 awarded to the festival, a program of Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, to aid with filmmaker travel

Durham, N.C.– January 3, 2017 – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $30,000 to the Center for Documentary Studies to support the 2017 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The funds will be used to support filmmakers’ travel expenses and festival venue rental fees.

“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, the only arts funder in the nation to do so. Full Frame has been a recipient of the NEA Art Works grant since 2013, and is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. This year, the NEA approved $452,500 to fund 16 arts organizations and one individual artist in North Carolina; six of the organizations are located in the Triangle, four in Durham. Two North Carolina-based film festivals received funding: the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham and the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington.

Full Frame Director, Deirdre Haj, said, “There is no other entity like the National Endowment for the Arts. The imprimatur of such a grant is not just a gift to Full Frame, but to the entire Triangle community. Especially as the festival celebrates its 20th year, these funds are essential to our continued efforts of bringing film and fellowship to our community, and launching important stories into the world.”

Congressman G.K. Butterfield, who represents North Carolina’s First District, of which Durham is a part, added “the arts serve as cultural anchors in our communities, helping us shape our perceptions of the world and connect to one another. This grant will allow the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival to continue its powerful engagement with the arts in the Durham community. I congratulate Full Frame for its fine work that has garnered continued support from the NEA and I encourage them to continue expanding on Durham’s growing arts community.”

Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts. To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEAFall16. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit

The 20th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 6-9, 2017, in Durham, N.C., with Duke University as the presenting sponsor.

About Full Frame

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, N.C., for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the general public. The 2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival yielded $2,788,650 for Durham’s local economy, and had a local tax impact of $81,890. Full Frame also promotes the festival’s mission throughout the year by presenting documentary work in the Full Frame Theater and other venues both locally and nationally.
The Festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies, a nonprofit 501(c)3, and receives support from corporate sponsors, private foundations, and individual donors whose generosity provides the foundation that makes the event possible. To learn more about the mission of Full Frame, scheduled films, festival tickets, or how to support Full Frame, visit Full Frame Website.