Future Filmmakers

2017 Future Filmmakers Program

Future Filmmaker film submissions are due Wednesday, September 27th. Submission details.


Also, BendFilm, Zolo Media and the City of Bend are seeking a Future Filmmaker to write and produce a professional TV commercial that will air across Central Oregon. Cash prizes are also available. Contest details. Check out 2015’s winning filmmaker, Mackenzie Hice, and her commercial here. In April 2017, Makenzie won an award for this commercial! (see below).

2016 Future Filmmaker Winners

The 12th Annual Oregon Student Video Contest!

"Present Filmmakers" Daniel Rink (left) and Cooper Anderson
“Present Filmmakers” Daniel Rink (left) and Cooper Anderson.

This year, the Future Filmmakers showcase took place on October 9th at McMenamins during the BendFilm Festival.  BendFilm Festival Jurors Jim Brunzell, Eliza Hajek and Brighid Wheeler, Future Filmmakers Coordinator Alicia Vickery and BendFilm’s Erik Jambor and Todd Looby attended to give our young filmmakers the full festival treatment.  “Present Filmmakers” Cooper Anderson and Daniel Rink – who are 2016 BendFilm Festival filmmakers –talked to our young filmmakers about how they were inspired years ago as Future Filmmaker participants.  As always, the event was free and open to the public.    

All of the participants are talented and promising young filmmakers. We cannot wait to see their Future Films! Congratulations to:

2016 Juror Award Winner:
Mario Sarich for “Prominence”

2016 Audience Award Winner:
Akira Talaba for “#Twinsies, Part 2”

2016 Audience Award Runner-up:
Gabriel Sternberg for “The Dentist”


About the Program

The BendFilm Future Filmmakers program encourages youth to share their voices and talents through moving pictures. Future Filmmakers was founded in 2006 by Michelle Alvarado of Wahoo Films and has grown to become a very popular part of the festival. This Central Oregon video contest is open to students in grades 5 through 12.  The program showcases films of one to five minutes made in the last year. Audience vote determines winners for each competition, who receive a cash prize. The jury of film and video professionals also selects a Central Oregon-based winner of the cash prize.  The jury also provides each submitter critical feedback of their work to help mentor them in their craft.

To check out our Past Future Filmmaker winners click here.