Preview Night of FADE IN | Proceeds Going to BendFilm

BendFilm, Stage Right Productions, and Creative Heart Productions are proud to offer a preview night of FADE IN: A Twisted Tinseltown Thriller with 100% of proceeds going to benefit BendFilm. The play is an original psychological thriller/black comedy by local playwright, director, and actor Patricia West-Del Ruth, set to debut March 31, 2017 at 2nd Street Theater.  This special event invites patrons to the last dress rehearsal of the play on March 30th, with BendFilm as the recipient of all sales from the evening.

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BendFilm and Caldera Arts Present | Meet the Filmmaker

Tin Pan Theater – March 21 5:30-7:30pm.  $6. Tickets

Jamie Howell, the BendFilm + Caldera March Artist in Residence, will showcase his best films–including an excerpt from the 2011 BendFilm Festival hit, Pedal Driven, and discuss the project he is working on while at Caldera. Join us for a night of films and in-depth conversation about life as a working artist.

Preview Jamie’s Work.

BendFilm and World Muse Present | “Daughters of the Forest”

BendFilm and World Muse are proud to present a powerful documentary from the 2016 film festival, DAUGHTERS OF THE FOREST, Wednesday, February 8th at 6:45pm at McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater. The film will have Director Samantha Grant in attendance, and is a fitting prelude to the 2017 MUSE Conference since Grant and World Muse founder, Amanda Stuermer, share a passion for social change and empowering women and girls.

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BendFilm Presents | “In Case You Missed It: The Brand New Testament”



On Monday, January 9th @ 6pm at McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater, BendFilm will present THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT as part of a program called  “In Case You Missed It…”   The film was a favorite at last year’s festival and we’re happy to be bringing this

Le tout nouveau testamentgently blasphemous, and very funny, film back to Bend for another screening.  It will be the first in a series of Year-Round Programs that BendFilm will be offering throughout 2017.



In THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT (Belgium/France/Luxembourg, 2015, 114 min, with English subtitles) director Jaco Van Dormael casts God as a capricious boor who works out of a dingy office in Brussels.  He delights in tormenting his own family and humankind with petty tyrannies.  When God’s ten year-old daughter decides that she has had enough of her father’s feckless cruelty she rebels, pulling a carefully considered prank on her father that undermines his authority.  She heads out into the mortal world for the first time ever — like her brother JC once did — to collect some apostles and try to fix the mess her father has made of humanity.  FlickFilosopher MaryAnn Johanson writes that “director Jaco Van Dormael and screenwriter Thomas Gunzig have given us a dark fantasia and a hilarious satire that’s irreverent, but one that celebrates all the weird and wonderful ways that love can express itself in the world once we stop worrying about the future and embrace living in the moment…”  




When: Monday, January 9th @ 6pm. Doors open at 5:30pm

Where: McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater.

Tickets: $11 for general public / $6 for BendFilm Members. Available now here.


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2016 BendFilm Newsletter


Erik Jambor returned to BendFilm and wowed our fans with one of our best programs. We hope Erik will be back for many more years to come.



Independent film legend John Sayles kicked off our inaugural First Features program with a discussion following Return of the Secaucus 7, his first film, and moderated a panel of filmmakers presenting their first films. This program encourages aspiring local filmmakers to enter the filmmaking fray and helps our emerging festival filmmakers build careers.


BendFilm celebrates women filmmakers. It all started with our 2016 Festival poster which featured a woman filmmaker proudly hoisting up her camera. With help from The Roundhouse Foundation, we hosted independent filmmaking pioneer Maggie Renzi who moderated the “Film Fatales: Women in Film Panel.” For the second year running our “Best in Show” winner To Keep the Light was directed by a woman, Erica Fae.

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2016 Award Winners

awards2016web_bestofshowBest of Show $5000

Made possible by Brooks Resources

To Keep the Light
Directed by Erica Fae



Best Narrative Feature
Camera Rental Package (valued at $60,000)

Made possible by Panavision

First Girl I Loved
Directed by Kerem Sanga

award2016web_documentaryBest Documentary Feature $1,000
Made possible by JL Ward Co. and Business for BendFilm!

Growing Up Coy
Directed by Eric Juhola


awards2016web_directingBest Directing $500
Made possible by Independent WOMEN for Independent Film!

Night School
Directed by Andrew Cohn


*Best Narrative Short $500
Made possible by Independent WOMEN for Independent

A Beautiful Mess
Directed by Shahir Zag


Best Documentary Short $500
Made possible by Independent WOMEN for Independent Film!

Directed by Amy Nicholson


*Best Student Short $500
Made possible since 2005 by Dan and Priscilla Wieden on behalf of Caldera.

Spilt Milk
Directed by James Dunstan

*Best Animated Short

Made possible by Independent WOMEN for Independent Film!

Trial and Error
Directed by Antje Heyn

Best of the Northwest $500.
Made possible by Business for BendFilm

The Child and the Dead
Directed by Marc Ripper & Karina Ripper


Additional awards will be presented in the following categories:


awards2016web_audienceKatie Merritt Audience Award $500

Finding Oscar
Directed by Ryan Suffern



awards2016bestcinematographyBest Cinematography

If There’s a Hell Below
Directed by Nathan Williams





Special Jury Award
Best Actor
Tomas Pais

Special Jury Award
Best Actor
Jane Ackermann
NEPTUNE, Directed Derek Kimball

Special Award for Visual Effects

Directed by Tom Teller

Special Award for Originality of Vision
Mira K. Lippold-Johnson

Special Award for Animation
Directed by Rhiannon Evans


Find Filmmaker Inspiration at this Year’s Fest

We asked festival filmmakers for their favorite questions. Read to discover what they had to say…

Veteran BendFilm attendees know that a unique aspect of the BendFilm Festival is our access to filmmakers. Whether you’re standing in line before a film, grabbing a beer between screenings, or attending a panel or filmmaker Q+A, you’ll have the chance to chat with directors, actors, writers, and producers.

Curious about that person who looks like a filmmaker but could be your neighbor? Look for the orange BendFilm Festival lanyards and feel free to be one of Bend’s friendly ambassadors.

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