2020 FILM SUBMISSIONS

Submissions are now closed for the 2020 BendFilm Festival. We will open submissions Jan. 4 for the 18th Annual BendFilm Festival: October 7-10, 2021. 

BendFilm celebrates independent films and the risky, passionate, tough andtalented people who make them. The 2019 festival screened 116 feature, documentaries and short films, with 51% of features and 42% of shorts directed by women. This year’s 17th Annual Festival runs from Thursday, Oct. 8 – Sunday, Oct. 25.
The Festival will present drive-in and virtual screenings with filmmaker discussions and masterclasses mixed in.  Filmmakers also have access to book a mentor session with an established filmmaker, writer, cinematographer or writer.
$12,000 in cash prizes including the $5,000 cash “Best of Show!”
Last year’s BendFilm Festival jury included Anne
Rosellini (writer/producer WINTER’S BONE, LEAVE NO TRACE), Brandon Harris (Amazon Original Movies), Beth Barrett (Artistic Director of SIFF), Chris Eyre (director SMOKE SIGNALS), Jilann Spitzmiller (producer SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS), Matt Grady (founder of Factory 25), and actor/director Eric Close (‘Without a Trace’ and ‘Nashville’).

ENTRY FEE DISCOUNT CODES AVAILABLE ON FILM FREEWAY :

BFNW20: $5 discount for films produced in the Northwest. To qualify, submitted work must have been filmed in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, or Montana. Qualification details must be included in your cover letter.
BFFD20: $10 discount for female directors. To qualify, submitted work must have been directed by a woman.  This discount is in recognition of the challenges that women face having their voices heard in a predominantly male-dominated film industry.
BFSTU20: $10 discount for student films. To qualify, submitted work must have been produced or directed by individuals who were enrolled in school (college or graduate level) and carried a valid student ID at the time of the film’s production. Qualification details must be included in your cover letter; a copy of the producer or director’s student ID may be required.
BFALUM20: 75% discount for returning BendFilm Alumni. To qualify, the submitted work must include an above-the-line crew member (producer, director, writer, lead actor) who has screened their film at the BendFilm Festival in a previous year (2004-2019). Qualification details must be included in your cover letter.