50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2018

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BendFilm Festival

Bend, Oregon / October 11-14, 2018 / bendfilm.org 

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, BendFilm steeps itself in the laid back, yet heartily engaged arts community culture of Bend, Oregon—a home turf overflowing with award-winning craft beer, surrounding natural beauty, and cinephile citizenry. In 2017, up to $10,500 in cash prizes were doled out to winning moviemakers, but that didn’t detract from the fest’s greater message: One of its handful of panels sought to dispel the myth that only financially privileged filmmakers can build a viable career.

L to R: Emily Kincaid, Producer of 2017 Best Documentary Award-winner Forever “B”, and Megan Leonard, Producer of Special Jury Award-winner Mixtape Marauders, at BendFilm Festival 2017. Photograph by Steven Addington, courtesy of BendFilm Festival

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  1. 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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