BendFilm now offers several film education opportunities for Central Oregonians of all ages during the Festival and throughout the year.

  • In 2021, BendFilm issued its first $10,000 BIPOC Female film production grant. More.
  • Each year we host the Future Filmmakers Festival where 5th thru 12th grade students create and screen films during each festival. More
  • Annual Commercial Contest: Partnering with the City of Bend Stormwater Department and Central Oregon Daily, BendFilm enlists competing students from across the county to film a TV commercial pilot and the winner airs their commercial on TV across Deschutes County and several entrants win a cash prize. More.
  • In partnership with ScaleHouse, every summer filmmakers of all ages enter the 72-Hour Filmmaker’s Scramble where they create films in just 3 days all based on a single, common theme. More
  • The BendFilm / Caldera Artist-in-Residence program provides a month-long residence for emerging filmmakers to work on their next films while teaching filmmaking to Central Oregon Students on the weekends. More
  • The Tin Pan Theater  will begin hosting film screenings and talks to help cinephiles of all ages gain a deeper appreciation of the art form led by film experts in the community including one of BendFilm’s Programmers Ellen Shelton. More.
  • Don’t forget to check out our educational panels and lectures that run each Friday and Saturday during the Festival!

If you have ever wanted to enter the filmmaking fray, BendFilm is here to help. Join us!