Festival FAQs

The 18th annual BendFilm Festival is a combination of in-person and virtual film screenings, filmmaker discussions, mentor sessions, festival honorees, awards and more. Though our world (and the festival) may look different this year, we are jazzed to host our annual celebration of independent film and connect with all of you.  We can all use more excuses to connect, explore, and escape through film. If any of these sections don’t cover your question, drop us a line at info@bendfilm.org.

The BendFilm Festival “In Person” schedule is live.
Films are also now live to Pre-Order on our virtual cinema platform.



Q: How are you addressing COVID?

We are committed to hosting an engaging and safe in-person festival October 9 -10. For your and our staff’s safety, and with our healthcare community in mind, guests will be required to:

  • Show digital or hard copy *proof of vaccination* OR show proof of a *negative* COVID-19 test 72 hours before the festival.
  • Wear masks in Festival venues regardless of vaccination status.More information will be shared in the coming weeks on procedures for guests to ensure the safe application of these new policies. Festival goers will be required to follow the above guidelines to be admitted to all Festival screenings and events.

Virtual Festival screenings are still scheduled to take place from October 7-17 as well.

Q: What kind of tests will be accepted?

A negative COVID-19 test result (molecular, PCR or antigen) that was administered by an official testing center. Test results must be dated no more than 72 hours prior to entry. Home testing kit results will not be accepted for entry. Entrance will require either digital or printed proof of test results from official testing organization.

Q: How do I show proof of vaccination when I arrive?

Acceptable documentation may be a physical copy of a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, a digital copy of such card, or such other proof as is permitted locally.

Q: I’m visiting from another country where other COVID vaccines are approved for use (i.e. Astrazeneca), will I be able to get in?

Yes, as long as you’re considered fully vaccinated.

Q: What if I forget my proof of vaccination?

You won’t be allowed entrance.

Q: What about attendees under the age of 12?

As the vaccine has not been approved for use on kids under age 12, a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of the event will be required.

Q: Will I still have to wear a mask?

Yes, per the August 24th, State of Oregon, mandate. Mask wearing will be required.


Q. How much are tickets and passes? 

Passes are the easiest way to experience the festival and it comes with perks like advanced selection windows, and a discount on next year’s Festival pass. Pass prices range from $100 – $275 per household and more info can be found here. All BendFilm Members get 20% off passes.

Individual tickets for streaming titles range from $5 – 10 depending on the screening.  Individual tickets can be purchased directly from the Eventive site when films are live.

Q. What is Eventive? 

Eventive is our virtual festival platform and ticketing system rolled into one.  If you attended a BendFilm Festival in the past you already have a login and account.  If you are new to us please create an account.  Once you’re logged in to your account you can view options for purchasing tickets for virtual streaming titles and drive-in screenings.

Q. OK I’m logged into Eventive.  How do I stream movies?

You can watch films, panels and Q&A’s using the web browser on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.

To watch on your TV, test this video to see if your TV device work for Festival Films.

You can “cast” or “airplay” if you have an Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Firestick or any similar device or smart TV, set your computer or mobile device to “airplay” or “cast” to the TV device. Unlock the program on Eventive Virtual Festival, then set your player window to full-screen using the icon at the lower right.

Additionally, if you have an Apple TV or Roku you can download the Eventive App app to watch films that you have already unlocked/purchased through your web browser. Please note at this time Q&As and other live streams are not available through the Eventive App and will require using your computer, tablet, or smartphone to view and participate.

Q. How do I connect my Eventive account with the Eventive app on my TV?

From your TV, Download the “Eventive TV” app onto your Apple TV or Roku

Once installed it will give you a code to sync with your watch.eventive.org account

Purchase/Unlock movies using your web browser on your computer, tablet, or mobile devices.

The app can only playback films, not livestream events, chats, or recordings of live streams.

Movies should appear on your Eventive TV app under “My Content” – you many need to refresh the app or select “Browse Channels” and then reselect “My Content” for it to appear.

Q. How long are the virtual titles available? 

Availability varies by film depending on what the distributors and filmmakers allow.  The window of availability for each film can be found on that individual film listing.  Some are available for the entire festival and some are available for limited runs. Check the schedule grid (coming soon) to make it easy.

Q. Can I stream BendFilm Festival films if I don’t live in Bend?

Yes but the geographical availability varies by film.  Check the specific listings to see what the geo-targeting boundaries are.*

Q. Who do I contact if I have trouble accessing a movie or there is a technical error with a streaming title?

Contact info@bendfilm.org. Technical customer service will be available each Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the Festival from 4:00pm – 10:00pm PST. Or check out Eventive’s NEED HELP page for technical information. You can chat directly with someone from their support team to troubleshoot any issues.

Q. Will you still give out filmmaker awards?

Yes. In 2020 our award “ceremony” was streamed but not without our traditional commitment to recognize filmmaker-focused efforts. We awarded more than $12,000 to our independent filmmakers including the $5000 Best Of Show. We anticipate our 2021 awards ceremony to be live, and in-person, on Saturday, October 9th, 2021.