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Special Guest Alison Becker to Attend FFF18

The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce a unique addition to its educational programming with a workshop designed to assist aspiring actors in navigating the industry.

The Business of Acting with Alison Becker will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the Prairie Rose Room at the Radisson Fargo. General admission is $20 and student admission is $15.

In this two-hour intensive workshop, actress Alison Becker will take you through the do’s and don’ts of becoming a working actor. With more than 15 years of experience in the industry, Alison will offer a wealth of knowledge to those interested in diving into acting. This is not a class on acting technique; this is a big picture framework for how to get into the business — from getting an agent to booking jobs. Alison will walk you through the steps you should take to make a living as an actor.

Bring your questions, your enthusiasm, and a notebook – you’re gonna want to write some things down!

Recommended for ages 16 and up. Alison Becker is a writer/comedian/actor/producer whom you’ve seen in countless shows over the years. She is perhaps best known for playing Shauna Malwae-Tweep on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.”

Alison’s work has since spanned hundreds of television shows, movies, internet videos, commercials, live comedy shows, and more. She has appeared on FX’s “The League,” HBO’s “The Newsroom” from Aaron Sorkin, Fox’s “New Girl”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Kroll Show,” “Lucifer,” and many, many more.

She is also an impressive force as a content creator. Alison has produced pilots for TruTV and My Damn Channel, and she is currently developing three feature scripts. She has been involved with the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre for over 15 years, and she has been a member of four house teams, both improv and sketch.

You can see her on the new Fox show “LA to Vegas” and the new Netflix series “Best Worst Weekend Ever.”

Alison’s short film “Control” will screen as a part of the 2018 Fargo Film Festival.

Workshop tickets go on sale Friday, February 16 at 11:00 a.m.
Advance tickets available for in-person purchase at the Fargo Theatre box office. At-door ticket sales dependent on availability.

2-Minute Movie Contest Returns to FFF18

The 2-Minute Movie Contest returns to the Fargo Film Festival on Friday, March 23, 2018.

Admission is two dollars.

Submissions to the 2-Minute Movie Contest remain open until Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Moviemakers may submit only one film for consideration, and there is no guarantee of exhibition.

Entrants can email a link to a downloadable Vimeo file with “FFF18 2-Minute Movie Contest” to gregcarlson1[at] by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Total running time for entries may not exceed 120 seconds, including any credits, and all moviemakers must provide a title for their movie.


The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce the official selections and category winners for 2018. Congratulations to all the moviemakers for their remarkable achievements.

Winner: World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts (Don Hertzfeldt)

Honorable Mention: Negative Space (Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter)

Honorable Mention: Wicked Girl (Ayce Kartal)

Official Selections
Agent 327: Operation Barbershop (Hjalti Hjalmarsson and Colin Levy)
Beautiful Like Elsewhere (Elise Simard)
The Burden (Niki Lindroth von Bahr)
Catherine (Britt Raes)
Corky (Ty Primosch)
E-delivery (Young Gul Cho)
Elizabeth Sees (Val Magarian)
Glorious Victory (Will Kim)
Hate for Sale (Anna Eijsbouts)
Hope (Michael Scherrer)
Outside (Laura Norris)
Purple Dreams (Murat Sayginer)
Tough (Jennifer Zheng)

Documentary Feature
Winner: Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators (Ema Ryan Yamazaki)

Honorable Mention: Supergirl (Jessie Auritt)

Official Selections
Brimstone and Glory (Viktor Jakovleski)
The Girl Down Loch Anzi (Alice Schmid)
New Chefs on the Block (Dustin Harrison-Atlas)
Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much (C.J. Wallis)
Rodents of Unusual Size (Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler, and Jeff Springer)

Documentary Short
Winner: Trophy (Inder Nirwan)

Honorable Mention: Jesszilla (Emily Sheskin)

Official Selections
Being Roosevelt (Samuel Sprynczynatyk)
Care in Chaos (Lindsay Beyerstein and Martyna Starosta)

Standing Rock: The Cleanup Story That Never Made the News (James Kambeitz and Karen Van Fossan)
Kinderchomper (Mike Scholtz)
Last Dance at Johnson’s Barn (Clay Haskell)
Mott Haven (Kyle Morrison)
Perception: From Prison to Purpose (Jonathan Reed)
Ragman: A Hobo’s Story Untold (Cy Dodson)
Three Boats (Irina Patkanian)
The Trees Around You (Jacob Wise)
Woody’s Order! (Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger)


Winner: The Velvet Abstract (James Hughes)

Honorable Mention: Genesis (Abtin Mozafari)

Official Selections
Antigone (George Nicholas)
Circles of Confusion (Jason Britski)
A Dialogue of Dissonance (Kalpana Subramanian)
Images (Denny Dey)
Nurse Me (Kezia Barnett)

Structures of Nature (Martin Gerigk)

Narrative Feature
Winner: Sami Blood (Amanda Kernell)

Honorable Mention: A Crooked Somebody (Trevor White)

Official Selections
Bernard and Huey (Dan Mirvish)
Dark Blue Girl  (Mascha Schilinski)
Everything Beautiful Is Far Away (Pete Ohs and Andrea Sisson)
Interlude (Bernard Tanguy)
Lane 1974 (S.J. Chiro)
November (Rainer Sarnet)
Ruin Me (Preston DeFrancis)
Tater Tot and Patton (Andrew Kightlinger)
You Go to My Head (Dimitri de Clercq)

Narrative Short
Winner: Confection (Ed Rigg)

Honorable Mention: Lost Face (Sean Meehan)

Honorable Mention: Red Light (Toma Waszarow)

Official Selections
Alzhaimour (Pierre Van de Kerckhove)
At the End of the Cul-De-Sac (Paul Trillo)
Beast (Christopher Sferazza)
Comme Les Roses (K. S. McMullen)
Control (Kimmy Gatewood)
Dead Air (Luke Agias)
The Devil Is in the Details (Fabien Gorgeart)
Do No Harm (Marielle Woods)
Fry Day (Laura Moss)
Girl Meets Roach (Christopher Zatta)
Girl of My Dreams (Johnny Wilson)
I Promised Her Life (Robert Nazar Arjoyan)
The Jar (Careton Rodgers)
Just Go! (Pavel Gumennikov)
Lady Lillian (Amber Johnson)
Lawman (Matthew Gentile)
Man with Beard (Abie Axen)
No Reservations (Trevor Carroll)
Odd Job Man (Marianne Blicher)
Partner (Giorgini Antoine)
Play Rewind Play (Stephanie Clattenburg)
Rag Dolls (Kristin and Justin Schaack)
Real Artists (Cameo Wood)
Retouch (Kaveh Mazaheri)
Speak (Laura Seay)
Spinosaurus (Tessa Hoffe)
Vigil (Heather and Chris King)
Vìré (Hugo Rousselin )
Wintry Spring (Mohamed Kamel)

Winner: Facing Mecca (Jan-Eric Mack)
Honorable Mention: Cradle (Devon Manney)

Official Selections
It’s Just a Gun (Brian Robau)
A Jerry Amongst Jerrys (Scott Piggott)
KCLOC (Ninaad Kulkarni)
Neemkomok (Douglas Cushnie)
Paulette in Paris (Isabelle Sophie Arouë)
Peacekeeper (Tyler Knutt)
Ruthless (Chris Pender)
St. John’s Maple Syrup (Ian Fritz and Conor Murphy)
Trial by Fire (Alec Holland)
Umbra (Mark Jones)
When We Listen (Amr Moustafa)
Whipping Boy (Michael Robinson)

Invited Work
Hús (Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson)
#Takemeanywhere (Ronkko Labeouf, Shia Labeouf, Nastja Ronkko, and Luke Turner)
Your Date Is Here (Todd Spence and Zak White)

An Evening with Sean Astin

HERO and the Fargo Film Festival are proud to welcome Sean Astin for a special celebration of his esteemed career in film and television. Sean will appear live on the Fargo Theatre’s stage to share stories from his 30+ years in the industry and participate in a Q & A with the audience.

“People will root for anyone who shows them their heart.” —Sean Astin

Sean Astin has demonstrated his innate ability to share his heart with the world through such iconic performances as Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, the title character of Rudy, and Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, roles that epitomize hope, determination, and loyalty. Sean will be joining the award-winning cast for the second season of the engrossing and critically acclaimed Netflix series Stranger Things.

A limited number of VIP sponsorship packages are available ($500 for 4 people or $250 for 2 people). Packages include a meet and greet with Sean (including photo), premium seating, business/name recognition, plus drinks & hors d’oeuvres in the VIP room during the “Goonies Never Say Die!” pre- or post-show party. For more information or to purchase a VIP sponsorship package, please contact Brent Brandt at 701-212-1921 or 605-290-4993.

An Evening with Sean Astin will take place at the Fargo Theatre on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

Tickets prices are:
Balcony: $15 Student, $25 General
Floor:  $40
All seats reserved.

Tickets are available at, the Tickets300 box office (306 North University Drive, Fargo; open Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), or by calling (866) 300-8300.

Submissions Open for FFF18


Moviemakers are encouraged to submit projects for the 2018 Fargo Film Festival.

The Fargo Film Festival’s earlybird deadline of August 1, 2017 is followed by the regular deadline on September 1, 2017. Late and extended deadlines are October 1, 2017 and November 1, 2017.

After that, juries will complete viewing assignments and make decisions about our March 2018 lineup.

All submissions must be completed online using Film Freeway or Withoutabox.

The Fargo Film Festival Would Like to Say Thank You

The Fargo Film Festival would like to shout a loud and sustained THANK YOU to all the people who helped make 2017 a memorable and special event.

We express our sincere gratitude to festival sponsors, audience members, visiting filmmakers, Fargo Theatre staff, festival volunteers, and everyone else who contributed to this year’s edition.

In just a few weeks, we will begin accepting submissions for 2018, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for us.

FFF17 Congratulates 2-Minute Movie Contest Winners

The Fargo Film Festival congratulates Simone LeClaire as the 2017 first place winner of the 2-Minute Movie Contest.

LeClaire’s narrative short “Elemental: Water” was chosen by judges as the winning work from nearly fifty submitted movies. LeClaire is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead.

The second place movie, “Hugo in the Garden,” is Six N. Five and Twistedpoly’s textural animation.

Third place went to Abigail Karl’s “Voicemail.”

Thanks to all the moviemakers who shared their excellent work for the showcase. The 2-Minute Movie Contest will return in 2018.