BendFilm is an independent Oregon film festival in the truest sense–rugged, brilliant, daring, adventurous, fun and engaging. Located in the wondrous mountain town of Bend, OR, we have been showcasing some of the best independent films in the Pacific Northwest and beyond for 15 years. BendFilm is an imaginative and thought-provoking film festival that should not be overlooked–it is intimate, allowing you immediate access to the next best filmmaker. If you are an indie film advocate or are just looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, our festival in Bend, Oregon is well worth the visit. For this one weekend each year our small community welcomes and showcases the world!
Bend Oregon is a culture-loving community that shares your passion for the creative arts. It is no wonder that over one thousand films get submitted to our festival every year. We host a wide variety of film genres that cover just about every topic imaginable. Our festival is hosted in a number of local theaters including a historic movie theater downtown, a cozy and intimate movie house, a state-of-the-art cinema, inside a craft brewery, and a chic performance venue.
BendFilm celebrates the brave voice of independent cinema through film screenings, lectures and education.
Who We Are
We are people who believe that art is best channeled through creative genius; not commercial interests. We also believe that film festivals are best experienced in a relaxed atmosphere where the next venue is a block from the last and the words “velvet rope” apply to fashion choices; not exclusive access ordeals.
Our contribution is to provide brave and talented independent filmmakers exposure, opportunity and, well, CASH. The creation of film without the burden of box office concerns is a luxury BendFilm cultivates for filmmakers. One of our favorite pursuits toward that end is creating new ways to add cash to the BendFilm awards. For those who demonstrate mastery in the craft of film making, BendFilm salutes them and then provides capital that will help them to continue their work.
Additional motivators include the cultural betterment and economic stimulation of our home: Central Oregon. There is no better proof that our efforts are appreciated than to stand on Wall Street during the festival and watch the enthused expressions on fellow Bendite’s and out-of-town faces. It’s a rush that keeps us on task during the less fun times of creating this event.
Finally, we are a group who believe that by supporting film education, we are cultivating generations who will understand the value of independent art from an early age. Arts education programs are drying up in Oregon schools. We see access to arts education for all as a vital component for a well rounded mind and population.
As you’ve read this far, you are probably of like mind. We are thrilled by the outpouring of positive commentary we receive. Thank you for your interest and whatever support you provide to independent film.To learn more about ways to support our mission, click here.