50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2018

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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.

A different kind of film trailer in Bentonville Film Festival’s Theater Village. Photograph courtesy of Bentonville Film Festival

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  1. Indie Film Share

    March 7, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Agree, remember to have your gold professionally graded and you should ensure that you organise the correct level of insurance to cover your investment.

  2. Max Weinstein

    November 28, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Fixed, thanks for your feedback.

  3. Jon Deo

    April 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Really? No gay film festivals. Try again.

    • Filmmaker

      April 18, 2018 at 9:35 am

      “Iris Prize Film Festival’s namesake is indeed its calling card—IPFF continues to dole out the largest LGBT short film prize (£30,000) on the planet”

    • Caleb, Asst Editor

      June 8, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Jon,

      Thanks so much for your feedback. Keep an eye out for our upcoming “25 Coolest Film Fests” in our Summer issue (newsstands 7/24). Lots of LGBT Fest representation!

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