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FILM FESTIVAL FOR WOMEN! Bentonville Film Festival May 5 – May 9, 2015 *Arkansas

Geena Davis: “We can change the future through what people see…”

Bentonville Film Festival , founded and run by actress Geena Davis, celebrates its inaugural year.

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May 5 – May 9, 2015

Film and screenplay competition

The BFF is a one of a kind annual event which will champion women and diversity in all aspects of film making. With engaged film industry leadership and major corporate sponsors, the Festival is positioned to deliver commercially viable solutions and initiatives to positively support film making and distribution in support of our mission. The 2015 Festival will be limited to feature-length films and screenplays.
The mission of the Festival is to be a positive and proactive influence in filmmaking to ensure that the American entertainment industry represent the national audience and the growing diversity of the population of the United States. As a research based and action oriented organization, the Festival’s main objective is to provide a platform to significantly increase the commercial value of content produced with our mission in mind.

Chair Person

ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING ACTOR GEENA DAVIS WILL CHAIR THE FESTIVAL

Academy Award-winning Actor Geena Davis has been a life-long advocate for women and girls and serves as Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU); is an official partner of UN Women, and is the Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women. She is the Founder and Chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, whose mission is to dramatically improve the representation of female characters in media. The Institute is the only research-based non-profit working within the entertainment community to directly engage, educate and influence content creators on the need for gender balance, reduction of stereotyping and creation of a wide diversity of female characters in entertainment targeting children 11 and under. The Institute is driving wide-scale change in how girls and women are portrayed. In a recent study of entertainment executives, 68% have utilized the Institute’s findings to change 2 or more projects and 41% changed 4 or more projects.
About Bentonville Film Festival

Submissions

Who We Are

2015 Film Festival

The inaugural Festival will be held in Bentonville, Arkansas in May 2015 and continue with a calendar of national events to support its mission. The Festival will seek to provide ongoing turnkey mass distribution opportunities for women and minority owned production companies and independent content creators.

Films submitted to the festival must:

  • Be consistent with its mission to support female and minority film making.
  • Not have had a domestic commercial release prior to the Festival.
  • Complete the BFF Film Research Questionnaire and return via email.

The 2015 festival competition will be limited to 50 feature length films and documentaries (feature length is defined as longer than 65 minutes).
Short films will not be accepted in the 2015 festival.

PRIMARY COMPETITIVE CATEGORIES INCLUDE:

  • Best of Show / Audience Award
  • Jury Selection Winner
  • Best Family Film

SECONDARY COMPETITIVE CATEGORIES INCLUDE:

  • Best Documentary
  • Best Ensemble
  • Best Protagonist
  • Highest Diversity Score

Rules

  • Submission of a film constitutes acceptance of the festivals Rules and Regulations.
  • It is the Entrant’s sole responsibility to ensure all Entry Materials arrive at the BFF shipping destination within the film submission window and post marked no later than the final entry date. Please refer to Film Freeway for deadlines and applicable fees.

Bentonville Film Festival 2015
3212 Nebraska Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404

  • Festival is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged entries.
  • Verification of BFF’s receipt of the film in good condition is the responsibility of the submitter Please provide a self-addressed stamped envelope to verify physical DVD receipt.
  • Due to the high number of submissions we receive we are not able to return any materials.
  • All submission materials will be destroyed or discarded by the Festival.
  • All entries must be in English or – sub-titled or dubbed in English
  • Please write Title, Film Freeway Tracking ID on any DVD entries and must submit two DVD (NTSC, Region 0 or 1)
  • All films selected for screening at the festival grant Bentonville Film Festival the right to use stills and excerpts of up to two minutes for promotional purposes.
  • Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate Entry and fee.
  • The cost of shipping an entry to the festival must be paid by the entrant.
  • We reserve the right to refuse to consider any submission at our discretion.
  • Festival does not waive submission fees

Upon project selection:

(1) You must execute a release agreement wherein you (i) accept responsibility for obtaining any and all
clearances necessary to exhibit your film at Bentonville Film Festival ‘15; (ii) warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your
film at TFF15; and (iii) indemnify and hold harmless Bentonville Film Festival, LLC, its
affiliates, and any of their respective directors, officers, employees, and representatives against
any claim arising out of exhibition of your film at Bentonville Film Festival ‘15.

(2) You must deliver to the address(es) designated by the Festival (i) one exhibition copy of the invited work; (ii) a
second exhibition copy, if your film is in competition (to accommodate juror screenings); and (iii) additional
exhibition copies, if requested by the Festival (to allow for multiple screenings at more than one venue). We
recommend you ship via courier in order to permit the tracking of your entry once it leaves your hands.

All exhibition copies must be delivered in 35mm, DCP, or HDCam format.
The Festival will arrange (and pay cost of) return shipping your print(s)/video(s) to one location after the
conclusion of Bentonville Film Festival ‘15.

(3) You must provide a properly completed and signed official Bentonville Film Festival ‘15 “Film Information Form” including all press and
publication assets as specified in a “Materials Checklist” which will be provided.

(4) You must provide at least one DVD copy of the final, completed film for Festival archives and internal purposes.

For a complete list of rules and disclosures please request at info@bentonvillefilmfestival.com

Download the BFF Film Research Questionnaire as a PDF or Spreadsheet

  • What is the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF)?

    The BFF is a one of a kind annual event which will champion women and diversity in all aspects of film. With engaged film industry leadership and major corporate sponsors, the festival is positioned to deliver a national message and key initiatives to positively support women and minority owned film entities. The festival offers guaranteed theatrical, television, digital and retail distribution through its broad partnership base. The festival is commercially focused and seeks to raise capital to fund development of films that celebrate the diversity in American filmmaking. The festival is also unique in that its winners will receive unprecedented prizes to include a domestic theatrical release and national ancillary distribution.

  • What is the mission of BFF?

    The goal of the festival is to be a positive and proactive influence in filmmaking to ensure films represent the national audience (MPAA 2012: Women are 52% of all moviegoers and 51% of the U.S. population) and the growing diversity of the population of the United States.
    Beyond the one-week event, the Bentonville Film Festival will create a national calendar of events to promote women and minority; filmmakers, talent and financiers. The festival will provide ongoing turnkey mass distribution opportunities for women and minority owned production companies, independent filmmakers and distributors. The festival celebrates the town of Bentonville and all it has to offer, including cultural and outdoor activities.

  • Who is involved?

    Academy Award-winning Actor Geena Davis has been a life-long advocate for women and girls and serves as Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU); is an official partner of UN Women, and is the Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women. She is the Founder and Chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, whose mission is to dramatically improve the representation of female characters in media. The Institute is the only research-based non-profit working within the entertainment community to directly engage, educate and influence content creators on the need for gender balance, reduction of stereotyping and creation of a wide diversity of female characters in entertainment targeting children 11 and under. The Institute is driving wide-scale change in how girls and women are portrayed. In a recent study of entertainment executives, 68% have utilized the Institute’s findings to change 2 or more projects and 41% changed 4 or more projects.

  • Who are the current BFF corporate partners?

    Walmart is the Founding sponsor and the Coca-Cola Company is the presenting sponsor of the festival. The Kraft Food Group is hosting the festival Closing Award Show.
    The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is the official Non-Profit and will conduct educational programs during the festival and year-round, including panel discussions with entertainment industry content creators, business leaders, celebrities, and artists centered around best practices for advancing the empowerment of women and minorities on-screen and behind-the-scenes in entertainment.
    AMC Theaters will lead the film submission process for the festival and is sponsoring a domestic theatrical release for the festival winners.
    The Jury and Advisory Board will be comprised of some of the most influential executives, celebrities and artists in the entertainment and media industry to include:

  • Why Bentonville?

    • Bentonville, Arkansas is centrally located in the heart of America and home to the world’s retail largest retailer and our founding sponsor, Walmart. It also serves as regional headquarters to a litany of the country’s largest companies, many of which are willing to support the festival’s mission of supporting women and diversity;
  • How can I learn more about Bentonville?

  • COMPETITIVE CATEGORIES

    • The festival will feature approximately 50 films in its competition;
    • Primary Awards will be given to 3 films;
      • Best of Show / Audience Award
      • Jury Selection Winner
      • Best Family Film
    • Secondary Awards will be given to the following films;
      • Best Documentary
      • Best Ensemble
      • Best Protagonist
      • Highest Diversity Score
  • What are the prizes?

    The Primary Award winning films will receive $25,000 or distribution agreements to include the following:

    • Minimum 25 screen release sponsored by AMC Theaters;
    • Minimum marketing commitment;
    • On shelf and premium placement commitment from Walmart and Vudu;
    • National distribution in ancillary markets such as digital, VOD, PPV and Pay TV;

    The Secondary Film Winners will receive prize money.

  • What types of films will be exhibited at the festival?

    • The BFF initiative is research based and commercially focused. Featured films in the festival will be geared toward a mass audience and will slant toward family and co-viewing. Films in the festival must display women and minorities in a positive light and have an inspirational tone to them.
  • How does a film qualify?

    • First Level Qualification Criteria;
      • Does the film portray Women and Minorities in a positive manner?
      • Is the Director a Female or Minority?
      • Is the Writer a Female or Minority?
      • Does the film have a diverse cast and production crew?
    • Second Level Filter Qualification Criteria;
      • Green:  (automatically qualified films for consideration)
        • G and PG rated films
        • Family Friendly, suitable for all audiences
      • Yellow:  (conditionally qualified films for consideration)
        • PG13 and R rated films
        • Films with adult themes or targeted at an older teen audience
      • Red:  (non-qualified films)
        • Hard “R” and “NC 17” rated films
        • These films will not be accepted into the festival
    • Films that qualify for consideration will be submitted for further review by the Film Board and if approved be entered into competition;
  • I have a great movie. How do I submit?

    • Download and complete the BFF research form
    • Visit Filmfreeway.com
    • Email us the research form
  • Who will attend?

    • Industry leaders from the major studios, independent production and distribution companies and talent agencies;
    • BFF Jury, Board of Advisors and Panelists;
    • Sponsors of the festival;
    • Local and public officials;
    • Film enthusiasts and families as the festival is open to the public;
  • How can I participate?

    • Tickets will be sold at all of the festival events and are open to the public;
    • Industry passes will also be available for purchase;
    • Sponsors will be invited to attend the opening and closing ceremonies;
  • How may I stay updated on festival?

  • May I Volunteer?

    • To receive an application email us at volunteer@bentonvillefilmfestival.com
  • What is the general program for the week?

    • Opening Ceremony – Crystal Bridges Museum
    • 5 Day Film Competition featuring approximately 50 films screened in various venues around the beautiful town of Bentonville, Arkansas;
    • Family Movie Nights featuring celebrity participation;
    • Studio Premier Event;
    • Summer Blockbuster Sneak Peak Events Sponsored by the major studios;
    • Panel Discussions with Industry Experts and Talent;
    • Closing Ceremony Awards Show;

    Writing Competition

    The “Dernsie” Screenplay Competition

    About

    The Bentonville Film Festival (“BFF”), in its effort to expand the championing of Women & Diversity, launches ‘The Dernsie’ Feature Film Screenplay Competition, sponsored by Kickstart Productions and Bruce Dern.

    What is a Dernsie?

    Coined by Jack Nicholson, a Dernsie is used to describe Bruce Dern’s acting technique when they were filming the movie DRIVE. Nicholson described it as, “anything you want to do, come up with, or embellish that isn’t on the script.”

    A Dernsie script will be unique. It stands out from among the crowd of similar themes and plots by adding it’s own spin. This can be through diversity in character, invention in story, or anything else that makes the script stand out.

    Competition Overview:

    Open to Feature Films only.

    Screenplays submitted must either have:

    • Female protagonist or a racially diverse protagonist
    • The writer(s) must be a woman or racially diverse.

    Dates:

    Feature Screenplay Deadline: March 31 ($50)

    Feature Screenplay Late Deadline: April 6 ($60)

    Feature Screenplay Extended Late Deadline: April 13 ($70)

    Grand Prize Winner:

    • The winner will be awarded $1,500 dollars and a custom award, presented by Bruce Dern during the main award ceremony at the Festival, May 5th 2015.
    • At the discretion of Kickstart Productions, the winner may also receive an additional $1,500 for an 18-month option with Kickstart Productions.

    2nd Place Finalists:

    • Two second place finalists each awarded $500 dollars, and will also be given the option to attend the ceremony.
    • At the discretion of Kickstart Productions, the winner may also receive an additional $500 for a 12-month option with Kickstart Productions.

     

    *Please note that winners will be given access to the award ceremony but are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and any other expenses.

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