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50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2019

50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2019

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BendFilm Festival

Bend, Oregon / October 10-13, 2019 / bendfilm.org

Bend’s unofficial motto of, “Be Nice. You’re in Bend,” captures the laid-back vibe of BendFilm, where the festival’s small size makes it easier for first-time filmmakers to hang out with more established veterans at a level that is impossible at larger festivals. BendFilm’s best-of-show prizes are awarded $5,000. Panel discussions get into the details of filmmaking. Past topics have included the art of the pitch, first features, and navigating the unknowns of documentary storytelling. Bend is known for its craft beer, and said beer plays a role—at the filmmakers’ lounge and elsewhere. In the 2018 competition program, 50 percent of the films were directed by women. Reps fromFox Searchlight Pictures, Factory 25, and Amazon Studios attended. Highlights included Skye Borgman’s Abducted in Plain Sight (Forever “B”) which has garnered attention on Netflix and got strong reviews.

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Head of Festival Programming Erik Jambor (R), Operations Manager Abby Caram (C), and Director Todd Looby (L) gear up for another year of BendFilm Festival atop the Tower Theatre. Photograph by Karen Cammack, courtesy of BendFilm Festival

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    Ryan Betschart

    April 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    San Diego Underground Film Festival!!!!! YAY!!!

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      Ron Tucker

      April 24, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      I can assure you that the Beaufort International Film Festival held each February in Beaufort, SC is well worth the entry fee. See the recap here -https://vimeo.com/321820933

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    Lucifer

    April 24, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    SDUFF is the best!!!

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    Tommy

    April 25, 2019 at 11:13 am

    No film festivals of diversity, not event the American Black Film Festival? Disappointing!

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