Geena Davis’ BFFoundation (BFF) has set dates for the 2021 Bentonville Film Festival and officially opened submissions. The 7th annual festival that amplifies the voices of diverse storytellers will take place August 3-8 in Bentonville, Arkansas.
This year’s Bentonville Film Festival will be a hybrid festival, with digital and in-person events as well as drive-thru screenings. The full program will be unveiled in July.
“During this past year of uncertainty across all sectors of the entertainment industry, and throughout the history of our organization, BFF has remained steadfast in its commitment to supporting groups and individuals historically under- represented in the media, ”said Wendy Guerrero, President of BFFoundation and Bentonville Film Festival. “As we move towards 2021, we continue to learn and focus on creating positive social change, an increased base of support and a more measurable impact. With all of that in mind, our 7th annual film festival will provide our most unforgettable experience yet.
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“One of our favorite times of the year has finally arrived and we are excited to begin screenings and build our most uncompromising festival program to date,” said Davis, who is also president of the Festival du Bentonville film. “We are honored and look forward to sharing the many exciting plans, panels and new events we have in store.”
Filmmakers with at least fifty percent of the cast and / or crew from an under-represented group are now invited to submit to the 2021 program via Filmfreeway.
Over the past six years, BFF has launched careers and amplified the voices of filmmakers such as Sujata Day, Oge Egbuonu, Alysia Reiner, Meg Ryan, Lea Thompson, Ondi Timoner, Kulap Vilaysack. Past festivals have hosted talent such as Constance Wu, Will.i.Am, Meg Ryan, Jamie Brewer and Tanya Suracho.
Categories for 2021 include:
American narrative functionality
American documentary American short film
US Episodic International Feature International Shorts International Episodic
Other 2021 special programming categories are expected to include Spotlight, Regional, Animation, and Family.
January 27, 2021: Open submissions
February 23, 2021: Early booking fidgetcube
May 4, 2021: Regular fidgetcube
May 18, 2021: Late fidgetcube
May 31, 2021: Extended fidgetcube
June 22, 2021: Date of notification
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