Film Submissions

Submissions Now Closed. Check back in Jan. 2017.

2016 BendFilm Festival: October 6-9 2016


Awards & Prizes

Best of Show $5,000 & BendFilm Award Sculpture
Best Director $500 & BendFilm Award Sculpture
Best Narrative Feature Camera Package (valued at $60,000) & BendFilm Award Sculpture
Best Documentary Feature $1500 & BendFilm Award Sculpture
Best Narrative Short $500 & BendFilm Award Sculpture
Best Documentary Short $500 & BendFilm Award Sculpture
Best Student Short $500 & BendFilm Award Sculpture
Best Animated Short $500 & BendFilm Award Sculpture
Best Cinematography BendFilm Award Sculpture
Best of the Northwest $500 & BendFilm Award Sculpture
Katie Merritt Audience Award $500 and BendFilm Award Sculpture

   Dates & Deadlines
  • February 1, 2016: Opening Date
  • March 21, 2016: Earlybird Deadline
  • May 13, 2016Regular Deadline
  • June 6, 2016Late Deadline
  • June 20, 2016Extended Deadline
  • September 16, 2016Notification Date
  • October 6 – 9, 2016Event Date
Feature Length (Running Time 50 minutes or more) Shorts (Running Time 49 minutes or less)
Feature Length (Running Time 50 minutes or more) Shorts (Running Time 49 minutes or less)
Shorts (Running Time 50 minutes or less)
Northwest Films (Narrative, Documentary, Animation):
Feature Length (Running Time 50 minutes or more) Shorts (Running Time 49 minutes or less) Films produced in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana may submit to this category at a reduced fee.
Student Film:
Shorts (Running Time 50 minutes or less) Student entries must be accompanied by proof of student status — either aphoto copy of current student ID, or a letter from the school indicating that the production was completed while the student was enrolled at the school. Students may submit at a reduced fee.
Rules & Terms

Entries may not have been publicly screened or broadcast in Central Oregon prior to the 2016 festival dates.

Films previously submitted to BendFilm will not be considered unless they are substantially altered. Full application and fee requirements will apply.

Filmmakers should be prepared to submit a final copy of their film to be available for screening on or before August 1st, 2016.

Instructional films, industrial and promotional videos are not appropriate for submission.

Work accepted to screen at the festival will be categorized in competitive and non-competitive categories at the sole discretion of BendFilm. Films with major distribution may not qualify for juried competition, but would still be eligible for audience awards.

Films submitted will be notified of their selection status on or about September 16, 2016. If accepted, an additional final cut DVD of the submitted work must be provided to BendFilm September 30th for archival purposes.

By submitting their entry, the entrant guarantees that they have obtained all necessary rights andclearances, and that they have legal right to publicly screen and enter their entry into BendFilm.


BendFilm is not responsible for damage or loss of submission or exhibition materials en route to BendFilm. Please package materials appropriately.

Do not send DVDs in fiber filled envelopes. The fibers threaten the lives of your media and our machines.

Each film must be entered separately. Do not include multiple works on the same tape or DVD.

BendFilm requires 2 (TWO) DVD copies of each film. Online screeners will be accepted but we still require 1 (ONE) DVD even if you provide online screener. Please email with details.

ON YOUR DVD – write with permanent marker: your films: Title, Category, Duration and Tracking Number.

If accepted into BendFilm Festival, Exhibition Format required is Digital File Format (.mov, .mp4, .wmv, .avi, .mpg, .flv) if you are not able to provide an Exhibition Copy in one of those formats, you must notify BendFilm no later than 7/20/16.

All costs associated with the subtitling of a film shall be the sole responsibility of the producers of that film.

The cost of shipping submission and exhibition materials to BendFilm will be paid by the entrant. All films being sent from outside the United States must be sent “free domicile” to the BendFilm office, with all transportation charges, duties and taxes prepaid by shipper. BendFilm will not handle customs clearances. Please be sure to include all of the proper customs documentation required by your shipping service.

BendFilm will not cover return shipping to the address designated as the Print Source, or to another festival or destination within the continental United States via ground shipping. BendFilm cannot cover shipping, or ship US films to an address outside the United States.

All entries will be insured against damage or loss while participating in the BendFilm Festival, although BendFilm will not assume responsibility for damage to originals, special prints or masters. Please do not send originals, special prints or masters.

Our objective is to show your work in the way you intend it to be shown. Please let us know exactly what you have in mind and we will be happy to work with you in an effort to achieve your presentation goals.


Should your film become an Official Selection, we want you at the festival. Please confer with the BendFilm office should travel or accommodations be an expense you can’t shoulder. It is likely we won’t have any money either, but you’ll find us adept in improvising travel and shelter arrangements — and we’ll do whatever we can to help get you to Bend.


Unless otherwise indicated, your Official Selection will become part of the BendFilm Lending Library Program. This is a free service BendFilm offers our members in good standing. If you would like to opt out of our Lending Library Program, your specific request will need to be received in writing by October 1, 2016.

The screening schedule including venue, time and number of screenings is at the sole discretion of BendFilm.

If the entry becomes an Official Selection and/or wins a Jury or Audience Award, BendFilm requests that this be noted on all promotional materials.

All entries must be judged, at the discretion of BendFilm, to qualify as “independent”.

BendFilm may deny acceptance of any film at its sole discretion.

No person involved in the production or distribution of a film submitted for consideration may be on the BendFilm staff, Board of Directors, selection committee or jury.

BendFilm reserves the right to complete any information not legibly supplied by the entrant from any available source and will not be responsible for incorrect information.

Entry fees will not be refunded.

Submission to BendFilm equals acceptance of all terms articulated in entry process.