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CREATORS

Welcome to the Bentonville Film Festival Creators Page!

Submissions to the 2019 Bentonville Film Festival are now open with our partner Withoutabox. Please read the Rules and Regulations thoroughly before you begin the application process, and check our FAQ if you have any questions. We do not accept screenplay submissions for Festival consideration.

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SUBMISSION CRITERIA & GUIDELINES

A production will only qualify for competition if it contains two (2) or more (does not need to contain all) of the following categories:

  • Director is from an underrepresented group
  • Writer is from an underrepresented group
  • Producer is from an underrepresented group
  • Lead Character/Subject is from an underrepresented group
  • At least fifty-percent (50%) of cast, background performers, and crew are from an underrepresented group
  • The storyline is about an underrepresented group

The definition of “Underrepresented Group” means:

  • Women
  • People of Color
  • People from the LGBTQ community
  • People over the age of 50
  • People with disabilities
  • Veterans

FESTIVAL SUBMISSION CATEGORIES & ELIGIBILITY

Each year we select between 45-55 mission aligned feature films, 30–40 short films, and 15-20 episodic series to play in each of our festivals programs. Please select from one of  6 submission categories below.

U.S. Narrative Feature Film: Original voices from emerging and established American filmmakers.  For purposes of the 2019 Festival, a U.S. Narrative Feature is any narrative work of U.S origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more. In order to qualify as a U.S. Narrative Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction; at least half of the project’s financing must originate from within the United States; the film must be produced in the U.S. and/or directed by filmmakers who currently live, have grown up or received their training in the U.S. (“U.S Narrative”).

U.S. Documentary Feature Film: Non-Fiction films from emerging and established filmmakers with distinct vision. For purposes of the 2019 Festival, a documentary feature is any non-fiction film of U.S. origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more. In order to qualify as a U.S. Documentary Feature Film, at least half of the submitted projects financing must originate from within the United States (“Documentary”).

International Narrative Feature Film: Fiction Films from around the world from emerging and established filmmakers with distinct vision.  For the purposes of the 2019 Festival, an International Narrative Feature is any narrative work of International origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more. In order to qualify as an International Narrative Feature Film, at least half of the project’s financing must come from outside of the United States.

International Documentary Feature Film: Non-Fiction films from around the world from emerging and established filmmakers with distinct vision. For the purposes of the 2019 Festival, an International Documentary Feature is any non-fiction film of international origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more. In order to qualify as an International Documentary Feature Film, at least half of the project’s financing must come from outside of the United States.

Short Film: Fiction and Non-Fiction films from around the world from emerging and established filmmakers. For the purpose of the 2019 Festival, a short film is any fiction, non-fiction, animated, experimental short films from the U.S and around the world with a running time of 30 minutes or less.

Episodic Series: Projects submitted in this category may be documentary series or fictional series of any genre from emerging and established storytellers from around the world.  For the purpose of the 2019 Festival, an Episodic Series is a fiction or non-fiction series that demonstrates episodic, online storytelling; multiple episodes can be submitted as long as it does not exceed 30 minutes in total, or a single TV episode may be submitted up to 30 minutes.  Web series and TV series episodes will both be considered. Selected episodes will be screened as part of a larger episodic series program.

We do not accept submissions for the Spotlight category (Content that is mission aligned but already has distribution from a studio, distributor or broadcaster).

The following are not requirements but BFF is also seeking content to feature in the following special film programs:

  • Native and Indigenous Storytellers: Fiction and non-fiction films from around the world with a focus on Native and Indigenous stories or from Native and Indigenous filmmakers.
  • Next Gen/New Wave: Fiction and non-fiction films from emerging filmmakers 25 years of age or younger from an underrepresented group.
  • Family Films: Mission aligned films for the whole family.

2019 BENTONVILLE FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS

The culmination of the Bentonville Film Festival is the award ceremony.  The competition juries comprised of individuals from the worldwide film community with original and diverse points of view select films from each of the 6 categories to receive a range of awards.  Decided by Festivalgoers’ ballots, Audience Awards are bestowed upon films in each of the Festival’s 6 categories.

  • U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Narrative
  • U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
  • International Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Narrative
  • International Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
  • Short Film Grand Jury Prize
  • Audience Award U.S: Narrative
  • Audience Award U.S.: Documentary
  • Audience Award: Best of Fest (decided by the audience; may go to either a Narrative or Documentary Feature)
  • Audience Award Short Film
  • Episodic Series Grand Jury Prize
See Previous BFF Award Winners

2019 DEADLINES AND FEES

Early
Oct 10, 2018
11:59 p.m. PST.
Official
Dec 14, 2018
11:59 p.m. PST.
Late
Jan 5, 2019
11:59 p.m. PST.
Features $60 $80 $95
Shorts, Episodic $30 $40 $60
  • The 2018 Competition Submissions Opens: September 14, 2018
  • The above deadlines are not postmarked dates
  • BFF will not view your film if it is received after January 5, 2019
  • BFF is unable to provide fee waivers because the above fees cover BFF’s costs and expenses in administrating this Competition.
  • Please note that the Samsung Create Student Short Competition dates are different from the above and will be posted soon.

THE FINE PRINT:

* The full Rules and Regulations may be found below.

All representatives of the competition entries will be required to sign an “Applicant Certification Statement” by which Applicant acknowledges that Applicant has read the rules and regulations and agrees to be bound by these rules and regulations, including the representation and warranties and indemnification provisions.

DEADLINES AND FEES

Features

Early – Oct 10, 2018 11:59 p.m. PST – $60
Official – Dec 14, 2018 11:59 p.m. PST – $80
Late – Jan 5, 2018 11:59 p.m. PST – $95

Shorts, Episodic

Early – Oct 10, 2018 11:59 p.m. PST – $30
Official – Dec 14, 2018 11:59 p.m. PST – $40
Late – Jan 5, 2019 11:59 p.m. PST – $60

  • The 2018 Competition Submissions Opens: September 14, 2018
  • The above deadlines are not postmarked dates
  • BFF will not view your film if it is received after January 5, 2019
  • BFF is unable to provide fee waivers because the above fees cover BFF’s costs and expenses in administrating this Competition.
  • Please note that the Samsung Create Student Short Competition dates are different from the above and will be posted soon.

THE FINE PRINT:

* The full Rules and Regulations may be found below.

All representatives of the competition entries will be required to sign an “Applicant Certification Statement” by which Applicant acknowledges that Applicant has read the rules and regulations and agrees to be bound by these rules and regulations, including the representation and warranties and indemnification provisions.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

Feature Film Competition Rules
Shorts Competition Rules
Episodics Competition Rules