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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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BendFilm Announces Feature Film Lineup For The 15th Annual BendFilm Festival

 

Program Includes Retrospectives of work by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini, and Ondi Timoner, and a Celebration of Native American Cinema With Adam Beach

 

Bend, OR – BendFilm announced today the feature 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 present 44 feature films and award over $10,500 in prizes directly to independent filmmakers.

BendFilm created two new film categories to recognize impactful environmental or outdoor focused stories and Native American cinema.  Both categories will offer a cash award. Additionally, BendFilm launched BendFilm Underground which showcases bold, edgy or music-focused films to screen at the very fun and eclectic Volcanic Theater Pub. A new pass will be created for this film track and is available for purchase now.

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BendFilm Honors Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini With Inaugural (indie)Women of the Year Award and Four Film Retrospective

Producer and co-writer Anne Rosellini, and director and co-writer Debra Granik

BendFilm to Screen ‘Leave No Trace’ and ‘Winter’s Bone’ Back-to-Back on Opening Night With On-Stage Discussion and Award Presentation

Bend, OR – BendFilm announced today plans to celebrate the directing, writing, and producing team Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini for their 15-year, 4-feature filmmaking partnership, independent vision and invaluable contributions to the film community during the 15th annual BendFilm Festival. Celebrations will include an award presentation plus a retrospective screening of all four of their feature films, each followed by a moderated Q&A with the filmmakers. Leave No Trace (filmed in Oregon in 2017) and Winter’s Bone will play back-to-back on opening night followed by Down To the Bone and Stray Dog later in the Festival.

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Oregon Film, Catching Up with Tim Williams

Tim Williams, Executive Director of Film Oregon is kicking off BendFilm’s #ChangeHappensHere series that focuses on the many ways film impacts our lives.

DP Michael McDonough and Director Debra Granik on the set of ‘Leave No Trace’ which was filmed in Oregon. Photo Credit: Scott Green

Filmmaking is such an unpredictable yet rewarding craft, and it clearly changes our lives in so many ways. For me, this change came quite literally. That is, change in the form of a 27 year marriage that came off the back of a shoot for a mediocre movie (and that’s being generous), and the countless friends, colleagues and stories we both have been luckily enough to gather together along the way.

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Reflecting on 15 Years of Cinematic Fun

BendFilm Walks Down Memory Lane With BendFilm Founder Katie Merritt

 

BendFilm raised the curtain in 2004 with a mission to promote independent film and celebrate filmmakers who tell stories that help spark cultural change.   We caught up with founder Katie Merritt about the early days, what it took to start the Festival and how she feels about it now looking back.

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Now Accepting RFP for Marketing and Development Manager

Join the BendFilm team!  Accepting applications through July 22, 2018.

Scope of Position:

The BendFilm Marketing and Development Manager works half-time in close coordination with and reports to the BendFilm Director. This position also coordinates closely with the entire BendFilm Board and Staff and is responsible for managing all aspects of sponsor, member, casual donor, and customer communication and engagement.

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Festival to Celebrate Native and Women Filmmakers

This year, BendFilm will expand upon our previous collaborations with Warm Springs, Madras and women filmmakers with the Motion Picture Diversity Program (MPDP). This program sprang from BendFilm’s desire to expand opportunities for Native American and female filmmakers to reach a large and diverse audience. The MPDP gives BendFilm the opportunity to strengthen the social fabric of Oregon’s geographically and culturally diverse population, as well as the numerous visitors who attend the
annual BendFilm Festival, by exposing them to the work of underrepresented artists.

Warm Springs COO and OCF Leadship Councilor Alyssa Macy presents the OCF check to the BendFilm Board.

 

 

 

 

This program has been made possible by support and partnership from the Oregon Community Foundation ($20,000), the Collins Foundation ($10,000), the Madras Performing Arts Center, the Museum at Warm Springs, Warm Springs K-8 and BendFilm supporters everywhere.

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