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Now entering its 20th year, the Fargo Film Festival is the premier moving image event in the state of North Dakota. The 2020 festival will take place at the Fargo Theatre on March 17 – 21.

The Festival has announced the full screening schedule and kicks off on St. Patrick’s Day at 1:30 pm with The Kite. Special screenings include Balkowitsch on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm, with the film’s subject Shane Balkowitsch and directors Chelsy Ciavarella and Gregory DeSaye live on stage for a Q and A immediately following the film.

Friday evening’s 7:00 pm screening of Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street will feature a Q and A immediately following the film with actor Mark Patton who appeared as Jesse Walsh in the 1985 horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.

The 2-Minute Movie Contest has delighted curious Fargo Film Festival audiences for years. This fast-paced program, screening at 9:30 pm on Friday, features over 40 films of 120 seconds or less and spans all genres and includes work from filmmakers close to home and around the globe.

Saturday Morning Cartoons … For Adults kicks off the final day of the festival, with animated films. Highlights include the award-winning The Girl in the Hallway at 10:25 am, the 3D animated short The Fox and the Bird from Switzerland at 11:00 am, and Coaster with animators Dan Lund and Amos Sussigan on hand at 11:20 am.

Saturday evening the festival closes with a 7:15 pm screening of International Falls. The film follows Dee (The Daily Show’s Rachael Harris), a woman stuck in the Minnesota border town who has dreams of doing comedy when she meets a washed-up, burned-out comedian named Tim (Transparent’s Rob Huebel) with dreams of doing anything else. The film includes appearances by Kevin Nealon, Erik Griffin, Mindy Sterling and Jessie Sherman.

Please note, times and locations are subject to change. Tickets go on sale February 24 at noon at the Fargo Theatre. Visit the Fargo Film Festival website for details.

See the full schedule of Fargo Film Festival special events and screenings on our Events Calendar!

Screening Schedule

2020 Fargo Film Festival logo

Tuesday Afternoon, March 17, Theatre 1
1:30pm The Kite
1:45pm Blueberry
2:00pm Extra Innings
2:10pm A Sidewalk Becomes a Street
2:25pm The Girl in the Hallway
2:35pm Brotherhood
3:00pm BREAK
3:10pm Hors Piste
3:15pm Don’t Feed These Animals
3:30pm Change
3:35pm Dead Animals
3:45pm Traffic Separating Device
4:00pm Norm
4:25pm Wild Love
4:35pm Made Public
4:50pm Peggy

Tuesday Afternoon, March 17, Theatre 2
1:30pm False Confessions
3:05pm BREAK
3:15pm Alice

Tuesday Evening, March 17, Theatre 1
7:00pm Mind My Mind
7:30pm The Neighbors’ Window
7:50pm R.A.W. Tuba

Wednesday Morning, March 18, Theatre 1
10:00am Daughter
10:15am Birds of Paradise
10:30am The Pollinators

Wednesday Morning, March 18, Theatre 2
10:00am Racing the Sunset
10:05am Butterfly
10:30am The Inuring
10:40am The Minors
10:50am Let Mercy Come
11:10am Moonwalk with Me
11:25am Jack and Anna
11:40am Moving Day
11:50am Everything You Wanted to Know About Sudden Birth

Wednesday Afternoon, March 18, Theatre 1
1:30pm Ghazaal
1:45pm Reverb
2:05pm Tuesday
2:20pm In My Eyes
2:45pm BREAK
2:55pm Two
3:00pm The Fox and the Bird
3:10pm Sometimes I Think About Dying
3:25pm Extra Innings
3:35pm The Christmas Gift
4:00pm Green
4:10pm Aziza
4:25pm Unkept
4:40pm The Field

Wednesday Afternoon, March 18, Theatre 2
1:30pm Prey
2:55pm BREAK
3:05pm Progeny
3:35pm The Wretched

Wednesday Evening, March 18, Theatre 1
7:00pm Balkowitsch

Thursday Morning, March 19, Theatre 1
10:00am Big Wolf and Little Wolf
10:15am Unleashed
10:25am Book Week

Thursday Morning, March 19, Theatre 2
10:00am 25 Texans in the Land of Lincoln
10:30am Breaking Out

Thursday Afternoon, March 19, Theatre 1
1:30pm Red Rover
3:10pm BREAK
3:20pm The Iron Grandmother
3:30pm The Litas
3:40pm Decoding the Driftless

Thursday Afternoon, March 19, Theatre 2
1:30pm The Lonely Orbit
1:40pm King Wah (I Think I Love You)
1:50pm Patron
2:00pm Anna Karenina
2:15pm Spring II
2:25pm Blooming
2:40pm Chairs
2:50pm Symbiosis
3:05pm Distinguished Feelings
3:15pm BREAK
3:25pm Floating
3:35pm Lost Bayou

Thursday Evening, March 19, Theatre 1
7:00pm Sounds of the Criterion Collection with Ryan Hullings

Friday Morning, March 20, Theatre 1
10:00am A Sidewalk Becomes a Street
10:15am Saint Frances

Friday Morning, March 20, Theatre 2
10:00am Undue Burdens
10:30am Changing the Game

Friday Afternoon, March 20, Theatre 1
1:30pm 20th Fargo Film Festival Retrospective
3:00pm BREAK
3:15pm The Garden Left Behind

Friday Afternoon, March 20, Theatre 2
1:30pm Hearts and Bones
3:20pm BREAK
3:30pm R.A.W. Tuba
4:00pm 25 Texans in the Land of Lincoln
4:40pm Fraser Syndrome and Me

Friday Evening, March 20, Theatre 1
7:00pm Scream, Queen! with special guest Mark Patton
9:30pm 2-Minute Movie Contest

Saturday Morning, March 21, Theatre 1
Saturday Morning Cartoons … For Adults.
10:00am The Kite
10:15am Sister
10:25am The Girl in the Hallway
10:35am Flowing Through Wonder
10:50am The Bird and the Whale
11:00am The Fox and the Bird
11:10am Flower Found!
11:20am Coaster with animators Dan Lund and Amos Sussigan

Saturday Morning, March 21, Theatre 2
10:00am Aziza
10:15am The Christmas Gift
10:40am Occupied
11:15am Brotherhood
11:40am The Neighbors’ Window

Saturday Afternoon, March 21, Theatre 1
1:30pm Ted M. Larson Award Presentation
1:50pm Florence
2:05pm Change
2:20pm Made Public
2:35pm Peggy
2:45pm BREAK
3:00pm The Planters

Saturday Afternoon, March 21, Theatre 2
1:30pm The Pollinators
3:00pm BREAK
3:10pm 17 Blocks

Saturday Evening, March 21, Theatre 1
7:00pm Margie Bailly Volunteer Spirit Award presentation to Jenny Jensen and Peg O’Neill
7:10pm 2-Minute Movie Contest Winner
7:15pm International Falls