Festival FAQs

The 18th annual BendFilm Festival will present a mix of in-person and virtual 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.

Films are now live on our virtual cinema platform: https://watch.eventive.org/bendfilm2020

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, gift boxes, drive-in access 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 all 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 in your account you can see 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 your 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 to make it easy.

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

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

Q. Tell more more about the Drive-in

– Gates open approximately 1 hour before showtime.

– Purchase your ticket before showtime. If you don’t have a ticket, you will be allowed in by paying $35 in cash if space remains.

– Smaller cars will be parked in the first three rows with larger/ taller cars or those with car top boxes in the back four rows.

– Food carts: Dump City Dumplings and Alley Dogz + Kettle Korn and hot drinks  from Autobahn Coffee.

– Drinks: Deschutes Brewery is offering discounted beer at the Tasting Room a short stroll from the Drive-in lot.

– Safety guidelines: Please practice responsible physical distancing. Please wear a mask if you need to walk to the restrooms.

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 of 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 and the award “ceremony” will be streamed, too! BendFilm is continuing its filmmaker focused efforts and will award more than $12,000 to our independent filmmakers including the $5000 Best Of Show.