Let’s Go To The Fargo Film Festival (For Free!)

You don’t know Fargo if you haven’t been to the Fargo Film Festival.

The Fargo Film Festival is back for its 15th year March 3-7. And it’s truly one of the best events in town, a buzzy, kinetic gathering of local film fans, artists and movie makers from around the world. If you’ve never been, make this the year you see what everyone is talking about.


If you’re a movie freak, you’ll love the huge range of films on two screens, everything from experimental shorts to documentaries to animation. The luncheon panel discussions and after movie talk-backs with the cast and crew let you really dig into filmmaking.

And there’s a pretty good chance you’ll run into some of the actors, producers and moviemakers at your favorite downtown restaurant or bar. Legendary director John Waters is performing this year (get tickets here) and I feel like the chance to run into him is reason enough to come downtown. Seriously, think of the selfies…

If you’re a casual movie-goer like me (I see more films during the festival than I do all year) this event will really blow your mind. First, the pre-show parties are amazing — lots of mingling, good vibes and great food to start the night off right. You can plan your experience by checking out the movies you want to see first (here’s the complete schedule) or you can just buy a pass and see what’s playing. Morning, afternoon and evening passes are available, as well as day passes and entire festival passes, too.

It’s a fabulous game of movie roulette and you always win. I’ve never been disappointed and I almost always walk away with something to think about or discuss over drinks with friends. Come early to buy popcorn, listen to the dude on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ and take in the atmosphere.


Or you can enter to win a pair of passes here! You can win two passes for the Friday, March 6th evening session of the Fargo Film Festival.

Your passes get you into the pre-party at John Alexander’s, your chance to see “It Follows”, a buzzy, feature-length thriller/horror film before it hits theaters (it has North Dakota ties and did well at Cannes and Sundance) and the 2-Minute Movie Contest to follow.

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The 2-Minute movies are probably my favorite thing about the festival. My friends and I go every year because it’s absolutely crazy what filmmakers can accomplish in such a tiny amount of time. These little movies are just as funny, poignant and wild as a feature-length film, but most people have to see it to believe it.

So come out and join us! This contest is open until Wednesday, March 4th at 5:00 p.m. so the winner will have time to make travel arrangements. (Although if I were you, I’d just plan to come either way — you won’t regret it.) The randomly drawn winner will be announced here on Wednesday night and the tickets will be available at will call.

If you can’t see the registration widget under the Fargo Theatre sign, it’s probably because you’re viewing this post on your phone. You can comment on this blog post and/or “like”, “share” or “comment” on Facebook as often as once a day to enter — each activity counts as an entry.


And if you’re out and about during the festival, be sure to tag your pics and tips #prairieplaces or find me on social media below.

I’ll be checking out “The Overnighters” (a documentary that follows a pastor in Williston who opened up his church to homeless workers and jobseekers in the Bakken) on Tuesday at 7 p.m., pretty much everything on Friday night and the Saturday morning and afternoon sessions, so maybe I’ll see you around!

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