The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce a showcase screening of the award-winning documentary “Welcome to Leith,” shot on location in North Dakota.
After premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for the
Documentary Grand Jury Prize, “Welcome to Leith” launched an incredible run on the
festival circuit, screening in the most prestigious events across the globe. The film also enjoyed a successful limited theatrical release in the United States. Acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, “Welcome to Leith” is “a gripping you-are-there portrait of a community under siege.” (Variety)
“Welcome to Leith” chronicles the attempted takeover of a small North Dakota town by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. As his behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and the residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbor. With incredible access to both longtime residents of Leith and white supremacists, the film examines a small plains community struggling for sovereignty against an extremist vision.
“Haunting…a stunning portrait of First Amendment rights pushed to their extremes.”—Indiewire
“…more like a taut Hollywood thriller than a documentary… a nail-biter from start to
finish.”—The Hollywood Reporter
“…couldn’t be more timely or essential.”—LA Times
“Welcome to Leith” will screen at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18 at the Fargo Theatre. Directors Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker will share some conversation with the audience following the screening. Tickets and Fargo Film Festival passes go on sale Monday, February 29 exclusively at the Fargo Theatre box office.
1 Make a movie no longer than 2 minutes.
2 Fill out an entry form.
3 Submit the form and a copy of your movie as a self-contained .mov file on a flash drive to the Fargo Theatre or via a downloadable Vimeo (or similar) link to the address gregcarlson1[at]gmail[dot]com by Sunday, February 14th, 2016. Put “2-Minute Movie Contest” in the subject line if communicating via email.
4 Show up on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 9:45 p.m. at the Fargo Theatre and enjoy the show. Admission is 2 dollars.
Submission Deadline: Movies must be received by Sunday, February 14th, 2016 along with a completed entry form.
All movies must be entered by the official entry deadline. Submitted movies must have a title. There is no fee to enter and contestants may enter up to two movies per moviemaker. No more than two movies in a series or presented as episodes will be allowed. Moviemakers are responsible for copyright clearance to all images and music. Movies must be submitted on flash drive as a .mov file or as a downloadable Vimeo link (contact gregcarlson1[at]gmail[dot]com for latter option). The contest does not accept movies on any other format. Entries on DVD will not be accepted.
Do not under any circumstances submit your original or master copy. If possible, flash drives will be returned to moviemakers at the public showing. The final program will be selected from the pool of entries and a panel of at least five festival judges will choose the winning movies. Filmmakers will be notified by email if their work will not be screened.
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The 2-Minute Movie Contest is competitive and not all submissions will be selected for public screening. Download the entry form here.
The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce our official program of animated films for 2016. Congratulations to this outstanding group of moviemakers.
Winner Best Animated Film
Of Shadows and Wings (Elice Meng and Eleonora Marinoni)
The Casebook of Nips and Porkington (Melody Wang)
Animal Landscape (Shelley Dodson)
The Beak (Starlet Jacobs)
Blue (Daniela Sherer)
Chad Gadya (Nina Paley)
Lesley the Pony Has an A+ Day (Christian Larrave)
Rapunzel’s Etymology of Zero (Seth Podowitz)
Small People with Hats (Sarina Nihei)
Two Films About Loneliness (Will Bishop-Stephens and Christopher Eales)
The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce our official program of documentary feature films for 2016. Congratulations to this outstanding group of moviemakers.
Winner Best Documentary Feature
Welcome to Leith (Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker)
Big Voice (Varda Bar-Kar)
Bill Brunton: Guitar Maker (Shane Reetz)
Buried Above Ground (Ben Selkow)
In Transit (Albert Maysles, Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Ben Wu, and David Usui)
Lost Conquest (Mike Scholtz)
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (Matt D’Avella)
Mount Lawrence (Chandler Wild)
The Summer Help (Melody Gilbert)
The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce our official program of documentary short films for 2016. Congratulations to this outstanding group of moviemakers.
Winner Best Documentary Short
The Champion (Brett Garamella and Patrick McGowan)
The House Is Innocent (Nicholas Coles)
American Renaissance (Jarred Alterman and Ryan Scafuro)
A Certain Kind of Light (Brandon Vedder)
The Cut (Jeroen Pool)
Gooners (Jennifer Calhoun)
The Hermit (Lena Friedrich)
Invisible (Zofia Pregowska)
Ironhead (Neal Abbott and Thomas C. Johnson)
Not a Stranger (Kate Green)
On the Wrong Side (Lucy Henke)
The Power of Poo (Jessica Young)
Selling Out (Kevin DeOliveira)
Wade Krause: Pinball Artist (Anna Newman)
The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce our official program of experimental films for 2016. Congratulations to this outstanding group of moviemakers.
Winner Best Experimental Film
Double-Blind No.1 (Ian B. Anderson, Zenon Kohler, Ricky Marks, Jasper St Aubyn West, and Raoul Teague)
Dance of the Neurons (Jody Oberfelder and Eric Siegel)
The Daughter of Captain Nemo (Julio Mas Alcaraz)
The Fallow Land (Daniel Chein)
Heartbreak and Beauty (Libby Banks, Nathan Basha, Robin Bryan, and Genevieve Clay-Smith)
Identity (Kayla Duffney)
Light Years (Wesley Shrum)
The Maze (Keumurian Thomas)
Pulling Up Roots (Cecelia Condit)
Ruins of Time (Mathieu Peteul)
Simon (Camille de Galbert)
Stream – Explore the Unseen (Roman De Giuli)
The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce our official program of narrative feature films for 2016. Congratulations to this outstanding group of moviemakers.
Winner Best Narrative Feature
Wildlike (Frank Hall Green)
My Feral Heart (Jane Gull)
Embers (Claire Carre)
Keep in Touch (Sam Kretchmar)
Malady (Jack James)
Virgin Mountain (Dagur Kari)
The Sabbatical (Brian Stockton)
The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce our official program of student films for 2016. Congratulations to this outstanding group of moviemakers.
Winner Best Student Film
Olilo (Ao Li)
Family Unit (Zachary Marion)
Jewish Blind Date (Anaelle Morf)
Bed Bugs and Company (Serena Dykman)
The Bench (Cameron Burnett)
Blake Chandler: Psychic Investigator (Elran Ofir)
The Cart (Patrik Ericsson)
The Discovery of Alan Hindley (Alan Fortenbacher)
Don’t Touch Me (Tyler Loosen and Aaron Theun)
Eggplant (Yangzi She)
Kaleidoscope (Catherine Dubeau)
Life and Times (Caleb Stumpfl)
Lucky Numbers (Chester Milton)
Man Under the Moon (Maria Sevilla and Claude Kerven)
My Spicy Grandma (Tianwei Wang)
A Night in the Show (Gabriela Brigagao)
Percussion (Dominic Paczkowski)
Schoolcraft (Adam Nelson)
Sea Child (Minha Kim)
Smut (Tom Sveen)
Starman (Josema Roig)
Wasteworld (Andrea Niada)
Welcome (Serena Dykman)
Where We Stand (Kristine Stolakis)
The Fargo Film Festival is excited to announce the call for entries for 2016. All submissions must be completed through Film Freeway or Withoutabox.
Additionally, movies must be submitted electronically, either through Film Freeway or WAB’s secure online screener option or via a link to a site such as Vimeo or the moviemaker’s URL. No physical media, including DVD and Blu-ray, are accepted as submission copies If the moviemaker’s work is selected, an approved exhibition copy must be provided.
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2016 Fargo Film Festival Submission Deadlines:
Earlybird Submission Deadline: August 1, 2015
Regular Submission Deadline: September 1, 2015
Late Submission Deadline: October 1, 2015
Extended Deadline: November 1, 2015