BendFilm Announces Ron Shelton to Attend 2019 Festival

For Immediate Release July 19, 2019
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Ron Shelton, Selected As First Features Honoree, Will Screen ‘Bull Durham’ at the 2019 BendFilm Festival

Shelton Will Participate in Post-Film Discussion and Moderate Popular ‘First Features’ Panel

First Features Program Established to Continue BendFilm’s Efforts To Discover and Support New Filmmaking Talent

Bend, OR – BendFilm announced today that legendary writer and director Ron Shelton will screen his 1988 directorial debut, Bull Durham, and moderate the ‘First Features’ panel as part of his role as First Features Honoree at the 16th annual BendFilm Festival. Shelton’s illustrious career also includes films such as Blaze, White Men Can’t Jump, Cobb, Tin Cup, and Hollywood Homicide. Shelton’s work spans four decades with more than ten screenwriting and writer/director credits to his name. First Features honorees from past Festivals include John Sayles & Maggie Renzi (2016), Peter Gilbert (2017) and Debra Granik (2018). 

Bull Durham was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1988 and was based in part off Shelton’s own baseball experience as a minor leaguer in Baltimore’s farm system. The script was awarded Best Original Screenplay from the National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle and LA Film Critics Association.

Ron Shelton, Director, Screenwriter and Producer said, “I think I’m just getting started making movies.  I certainly have a lot more stories to tell.  While I don’t believe in looking backwards I confess it’s enjoyable to revisit a movie like Bull Durham which seems to keep hanging around.  As Bull Durham was my first feature as a director, it seems the perfect movie to share with others just making their own first films.” Continue reading “BendFilm Announces Ron Shelton to Attend 2019 Festival”

BendFilm Presents: ArtiFISHal | FREE for BendFilm Members & IndieWomen

The road to extinction is paved with good intentions.

BendFilm and the Bend Patagonia Store invite all curious and eco-conscious audiences to a screening of ArtiFISHal by Josh “Bones” Murphy on Wednesday, July 10 at 7:30 PM at The Tower Theatre. ArtiFISHal is a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature. Continue reading “BendFilm Presents: ArtiFISHal | FREE for BendFilm Members & IndieWomen”

6 Things Indie Filmmakers Need to Know Before Attending Their First Regional Film Festival

While there are film festivals that are internationally popular such as Cannes and Sundance, there are also many more regional film festivals throughout the world which are run by locals. While more prominent festivals are often seen as the place to get your film career jump started, regional film festivals often provide a much friendlier, welcoming, and accessible opportunity to enter into the world of filmmaking.

Chances are that you have some idea of what you’re getting into with a regional film festival, but these following tips can help you have as great of a festival as possible! Continue reading “6 Things Indie Filmmakers Need to Know Before Attending Their First Regional Film Festival”

Best of the BendFilm Festival Plays at NW Film Center

BendFilm will present some of our best short films from the 15th Annual Festival in 2018 at the NW Film Center in Portland, Oregon. Last year’s shorts lineup was one of the best the Festival showcased and included two Academy-nominated films. This shorts program covers all genres in order to give Portland film fans a taste of what the BendFilm Festival offers each year.

Before the program, BendFilm Executive Director Todd Looby will give a brief overview of the exciting news that we have planned for BendFilm’s 16th Annual Festival. Save the date to attend Central Oregon’s Indie Film Festival on October 10-13, 2019. Continue reading “Best of the BendFilm Festival Plays at NW Film Center”

BendFilm Buys the Tin Pan Theater

BendFilm Announces Purchase of the Town’s Beloved Tin Pan Theater


Bend, OR – May 2, 2019 – BendFilm announced the purchase of the beloved Tin Pan Theater to expand its rich tradition of programming the best independent, foreign, and leading-edge films. BendFilm has been steadily increasing its year-round offerings in response to community demand for more independent cinema. In addition to the cutting-edge programming, the Tin Pan already showcases, BendFilm will add special programming, leveraging all the incredible films screened at the festival that don’t typically have the opportunity to enjoy wide-release at public theaters.

BendFilm sees the Tin Pan as the perfect venue to expand its mission to bring the community together through the art form of film to start conversations, connections and inspire action about the things most important to its community members. Tin Pan Owners, Micah Jordan, and Esme LaVoy, have built something incredibly special that the Bend local community and visitors have come to cherish. BendFilm wants to expand on all of its visionary work to make this theater a true community resource.

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BendFilm Included in MovieMaker Magazine’s List of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee

This just in… BendFilm Festival makes MovieMaker Magazine’s annual curated compilation of 50 festivals worthy of filmmaker submissions. We’re honored to be listed alongside all of the great indie festivals on the list — especially our Oregon festival buddies — Ashland Film Festival and Portland International Film Festival.

Every October, the BendFilm Festival gives indie filmmakers a chance to come together to showcase their films over four days of red carpet premieres and make valuable industry connections. Filmmakers rub elbows with indie heroes at renowned breweries and restaurants and especially enjoy our filmmakers’ lounge headquartered in the beautiful downtown Historic At Liberty Arts Collaborative—only steps away from BendFilm Festival screening venues, restaurants, and coffee shops.

A near-constant fixture of MovieMaker magazine’s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, the 2018 festival screened 116 feature, documentaries and short films, with 51% of features and 42% of shorts directed by women. This year’s 16th Annual Festival runs from Thursday, Oct. 10 – Sunday, Oct. 13, with most venues located in Bend’s historic downtown and the nearby Old Mill District. $10,500 in cash prizes including the $5,000 cash “Best of Show!” Continue reading “BendFilm Included in MovieMaker Magazine’s List of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”

2018 BendFilm Festival Jury

BendFilm announced today the 14 members of the 2018 jury who will award $11,500 in cash, including $5,000 cash for “Best of Show.” New this year, BendFilm created two new film categories to recognize impactful environmental or outdoor focused stories and Native American cinema. In competition for this year’s cash prizes are 8 Narrative Features, 17 Documentary Features and 70 Shorts.

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BendFilm Announces 2018 Short Film Lineup

BendFilm announced the 73 short films selected to screen in the 2018 BendFilm Festival running October 11 – 14, 2018 at iconic locations around Bend including the historic Tower Theatre, Tin Pan Alley Theater and McMenamins – Old St. Francis, Cascades Theatrical Company, the Volcanic Theatre Pub and the Regal at the Old Mill District.

The 2018 BendFilm Festival will also present 44 feature films and award over $10,500 in prizes directly to independent filmmakers. The Festival schedule is live and tickets are on sale now.

Erik Jambor, BendFilm Festival Programmer, said, “This year’s short film line up is packed with a diverse slate of hilarious comedies, nail-biting action, handcrafted animation and documentaries that will rip your heart out. I am not exaggerating when I say everyone must see at least one shorts program this year.”

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