the north dakota human rights film festival

October 29 – November 8, 2019

The mission of the North Dakota Human Rights Film & Arts Festival is to educate, engage and facilitate discussion around local and word-wide human rights topics through the work of filmmakers and artists.

The film festival encourages filmmakers from around the world who have produced feature length or short documentary, narrative or experimental films that engage human rights related topics or themes to submit their work to the festival.

While the festival rules out films that contain unacceptable inaccuracies of fact, films are not barred on the basis of a particular point of view. Films from both new and established filmmakers will be presented. International filmmakers are welcome to submit their work. Films for the festival will be selected via Jury, with equal concentration on human rights content and artistic merit.


Submissions to the North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival are excepted exclusivly through FilmFreeway. Early Bird submissions are accepted January 29 through April 30, 2019. Submit your work today to take advance of special Early Bird Rates.










Make plans to join us in Bismarck, Grand Forks and Fargo North Dakota. Opening Night for the 2019 North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival is Tuesday, October 29 in Bismarck at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum. The festival continues Tuesday, November 5th the historic Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks, and concludes in Fargo for two days on Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8. Early Bird ticket packages are available through June 30, 2019. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Contact Sean Coffman for additional information.

Bismarck, North Dakota

Bismarck, North Dakota

Tuesday, October 29 2019

Join us at Russell Reid Auditorium in Bismarck on Tuesday, October 29.

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Tuesday, November 5 2019

Join us at the historic Empire Arts Center Thursday, November 8.

Fargo, North Dakota

Fargo, North Dakota

Thursday, 11/7 and Friday, 11/8

Join us at the historic Fargo Theatre in Fargo on Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8.

Sean Coffman on Prairie Pulse 1628

Sean Coffman on Prairie Pulse 1628 This story was originally posted on Praire Pulse on April 26, 2019. The original story can be found online here. By Prairie Public.   John Harris interviews Sean Coffman, the director of the Human Family Project. Sean discusses...

Award Winning Fargo Film Director comes to Fargo Theatre

Award winning fargo film director comes to Fargo Theatre This story was originally aired on 790 KFGO on March 28, 2019. The original story can be found online here. By Bob Harris. Lutheran Social Services of ND and the ND Human Rights Film Festival will host the Fargo...


What People are Saying

“So many powerful stories.”

“So many powerful stories – almost too much emotionally to see in sequence.”

2017 Festival Attendee


“Wonderful Film festival with great communication! I’m glad to have participated to the official selection this year!”

Geneviève Delouche

Director, “Unnatural Selection”


An absolutely amazing festival. This is how every festival should be run. excellent communications, beautiful venue and a festival that cares about making the world a better place. We could not ask for more!”

Bob Trench

Director, “Dodging Bullets”

“Hearing the voices of humanity.”

“I enjoyed hearing the voices of humanity, and most particularly the first film where the woman described her activism since the 1960s. I also very much enjoyed the films where the individuals with learning disabilities recounted their experiences of being discriminated against due to their disabilities.”

2017 Festival Attendee

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