Bentonville Film Festival
Bentonville, Arkansas / May 1-6, 2018 / bentonvillefilmfestival.com
Since it was spawned by co-founders Geena Davis and Trevor Drinkwater and founding sponsor Walmart, Bentonville Film Festival has invited running jokes about the product placement that pervades its proceedings like patches on a NASCAR jacket. But under its corporate veneer, BFF is affecting grassroots change: In 2017, women comprised 67 percent of all directors, 57 percent of competing directors, and 82 percent of award-winners. Also, 64 percent of featured moviemakers were non-white. BFF is also the only festival to offer guaranteed theatrical, VOD, and retail distribution to its Juried Narrative Feature winner, and plans to roll out new prize packages for award-winning shorts and episodic directors this year.