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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3 Comments

  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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