About Bend

Come to Bend To Enjoy the Great Indoors!

The BendFilm Festival is an independent film festival held in beautiful Bend, Oregon, every October.

This year we’ve got some amazing filmmakers and films at the annual BendFilm Festival. Below are just a few reasons why you should make plans to attend now!

  • Watch independent feature films, documentaries and shorts
  • Meet and support independent filmmakers
  • Explore the high desert, mountain town of Bend, Oregon

 

Don’t Just Watch – Get an Insider’s View!

Whether you want an inside look into the film biz through filmmaker lectures and panels, introduce your kids to film making in our Future Filmmakers Program, or just want to relax and watch amazing independent films, the BendFilm Festival will leave you inspired and renewed!

 

 

Enjoy Unique Venues

One of the best features of the BendFilm Fest is the diverse atmosphere of theaters that will be showing the films, including:

  • Tin Pan Theater – a small, single-screen, kid-friendly art-house cinema with beer & snack bar & lineup of unique films.
  • McMenamins Old St. Francis School – historic schoolhouse turned brew pub
  • Open Space Event Studios –  a flexible event and production venue serving Central Oregon’s creative, cultural, and entrepreneurial communities
  • Regal 16 – state of the art cinema with a high-quality sound system
  • Tower Theatre – art deco, modern performance theater in downtown Bend

Our unique venues will cater to all movie-goer preferences. Whether you spend your time here in Bend inside or outside, we know you’ll fall in love with our city.

 

Contact BendFilm hotel partners for comfortable, affordable and close-in hospitality! 

 

Lodging

Bend has a lot of visitors and sleeping arrangements can sometimes be hard to find. Make sure to book your hotel now. Whether you’re looking for a quaint bed’n’breakfast or a plush five star hotel, you can find just what you’re looking for!

  • The Oxford Hotel
  • Hilton Garden Inn Bend
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Bend
  • Element Bend
  • Best Western Hotels & Resorts
  • McMenamins Old St. Francis School
  • Downtown Doubletree by Hilton Bend

 

 Things to Do in Bend

Attending one of the best film festivals in the United States is just one reason to visit Bend, Oregon. With so much to do, it will be hard to choose whether to explore the great outdoors or stay in town to drink craft beer from more than two dozen breweries and enjoy Bend’s fine dining and entertainment scene.

If it’s shopping you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. You can peruse quaint boutiques while sipping a latte downtown or hit up your favorite boutique clothing store and stop for lunch in the Old Mill District.

Enjoy a night out on the town tasting wine at Elixir or take a brewery tour on the Bend Ale Trail. Dine on some of Bend’s finest cuisine at Drake restaurant. If you’re in the mood for something new, check out Joolz – an Eastern Mediterranean eatery with a Southwestern U.S. kick. To top it all off, grab a drink from the downtown Benddistillery.

Other ideas:

  • Walk the Deschutes River Trail
  • Get lost downtown in world-famous art galleries
  • Relax in one of Bend’s finest spas
  • Get outdoors and hike, road bike, mountain bike, kayak or canoe

 

Indie Cred!

Previous BendFilm Festival entries have appeared in some of the top independent film festivals in the US and the world including:

  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Film Festival
  • Palm Springs Film Festival
  • San Francisco Film Festival
  • Seattle International Film Festival
  • South by Southwest (SxSW) Film Festival
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Telluride Film Festival
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Tribeca Film Festival
  • Venice Film Festival

*Please note Effective Friday, August 27, masks will be required in Oregon in most public indoor and outdoor settings, including large outdoor events, where physical distancing is not possible, and regardless of vaccination status. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) also strongly recommends masking at outdoor gatherings at private residences when individuals from different households do not consistently maintain physical distance.