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– The 25th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be entirely virtual in 2022.

Event organizers announced on Wednesday that the festival would be held online due to the “continuing and unpredictable realities of the coronavirus pandemic.”

“Nothing can replace the magic of screening movies together in a theater, but we firmly believe that the decision to stay online for another year is the best choice for Full Frame at this time,” said Sadie Tillery, Director artistic director of Full Frame and acting director of the festival. . “The 2021 festival demonstrated that the Full Frame team can produce a meaningful virtual experience amid the constraints of this moment – ​​one that matters to filmmakers, to audiences, and to us.”

The 2022 festival will follow a similar format to that of 2021 with screenings of feature and short films, Q&A with the filmmakers and round tables. There will also be a juried awards program offering cash prizes of over $40,000.

The annual festival, which is an internationally renowned Oscar-qualifying event, will be held April 7-10, 2022. Full Frame is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University.

“Full Frame has always been about showcasing outstanding films with stories that can inspire and connect audiences, even in a virtual landscape,” said CDS director Opeyemi Olukemi. “We look forward to meeting again in Durham City Center when it is safe to do so, but I know the 2022 Online Festival will always be a great celebration of non-fiction films and artists. ”

Festival passes will go on sale to the public in early March.