BFF’s mission is to champion women and diverse voices in media. A research-based and commercially focused platform that proactively supports diverse storytellers, BFF features the only film competition in the world that offers guaranteed distribution to it’s winning films to include a theatrical release in partnership with AMC theaters, television in partnership with STARZ and LIFETIME and digital and retail home entertainment distribution in partnership with Walmart.
The Festival takes place each year in early May in Bentonville, Arkansas and is designed to inspire action and to bring together decision makers and content creators with the goal of ensuring media represents the world we live in which is 51% women and very diverse.
BFF strives to work with content creators to inspire young minds because if they can see it they can be it.
Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks. In 1989, Davis received the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress in “The Accidental Tourist” and earned the 2006 Golden Globe Award® for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, breaking ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show “Commander in Chief.”Davis is recognized for her tireless efforts on behalf of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the Founder and Chair of the nonprofit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount St. Mary’s College, the only research-based organization working with media and entertainment companies to engage, educate and influence the need for gender balance by reducing stereotyping and creating a diverse and inclusive range of female characters for entertainment targeting children 11 and under.
Davis was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is also an official partner of UN Women, working toward their goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women worldwide. Davis is the Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women.
Trevor Drinkwater has a long history in Consumer Products and the Entertainment Industry.
Mr. Drinkwater currently serves as President and CEO of ARC Entertainment, an independent entertainment distribution company focused on Family and Faith based content.
Prior to ARC, Mr. Drinkwater had a successful career with large consumer products companies including Nestle, Warner Bros. and Take 2 Interactive.
After nearly 17 years of big company experience, Mr. Drinkwater decided to become an entrepreneur and has founded or co-founded multiple companies to include ARC Entertainment (http://arc-ent.com,) My Country Nation (http://mycountrynation.com,) and The Bentonville Film Festival (http://bentonvillefilmfestival.com.)
Academy Award® winning actor Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment launch Bentonville Film Festival with founding sponsor Walmart and presenting sponsor Coca-Cola