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Festival Dates: May 1st – May 6th, 2018

We look forward to welcoming you to Bentonville, Arkansas in May, 2018. This page is dedicated to our home city and features local highlights and attractions as well as up-to-the minute ticketing and schedule information. Stay tuned for live updates and please take a moment to discover all that Bentonville has to offer.

BFF 2018 is proud to feature its Legacy Film Series which highlights films that pioneered diversity on the big screen and changed the national dialogue, its Showcase Films featuring recognizable talent that are mission aligned, its Competition Films showcasing the work of up-and-coming creators, as well as Shorts & Episodic blocks. From blockbusters to indie films, BFF has you covered!

The festival also includes many Discussion Events designed to promote diversity, create dialogue and inspire action, presented by MARS. The Coca-Cola Music Lounge will return with nightly music and entertainment events featuring well known, nationally recognized artists. BFF will also bring back its celebrity series of events presented by L’Oreal.

Special Guests in 2017 included Meg Ryan, William H. Macy, Judy Greer, Patty Jenkins, Terry Crews, Jewel, countless independent filmmakers, and industry and corporate changemakers. BFF 2018 is already experiencing high demand from those in entertainment who champion INCLUSION. Don’t miss your chance to be a BFF!

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Bentonville, Arkansas

Get to know our host city, Bentonville, Arkansas and the welcoming region of Northwest Arkansas which is in the heart of America. The region experiencing explosive growth in support of ART, culture and education. It is a region where modern progress meets a rich history, where the arts meet innovation, and where companies meet communities. Come explore all it has to offer from fresh air in the lakes of the Ozarks, enjoy an exhilarating ride on the American Trail or innovative cuisine from the many new restaurants. NWA is a region to visit, to see, to breathe, and to discover.

Bentonville, Arkansas

In addition to the festival, enjoy Bentonville’s rich culture including a world class art museum, historic sites, galleries, shopping, and diverse dining options.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature, and at no cost to visitors.

Bike Bentonville

Northwest Arkansas is famous for cycling enthusiasts whether you are into mountain biking or road cycling, there are hundreds of miles of trails to explore.