Creators 2017-12-11T19:37:00+00:00

CREATORS

Welcome to the Bentonville Film Festival Creator’s Page – designed to provide inclusive storytellers with up to date information about becoming part of the 4th annual BFF.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Submissions for the 2018 BFF Competition will open on September 12, 2017. Deadlines are below. Shows accepted into the festival will be announced in March 2018. The festival is May 1st through 6th, 2018.

Please read the Rules and Regulations thoroughly before submitting your project.

SUBMIT HERE

SUBMISSION CRITERIA

Competition Categories:

  • Narrative and Documentary Feature Films (min. 80 minutes exclusive of credits, that do not currently have distribution)
  • Narrative and Documentary Short Films (max. 30 minutes inclusive of credits, that do not currently have distribution)
  • Narrative and Documentary Episodic Content (Pilots or a subsequent episode may be submitted but entries must be limited to one episode with a runtime under 45 minutes inclusive of credits.)

BFF exhibits works that feature inclusion – both in front of and behind the camera – in the following ways:

  • Gender (balanced representation of women)
  • People of Color (balanced representation of people of various ethnicities)
  • Sexual Identity (balanced representation of all sexual orientations)
  • Ability (balanced representation of persons with varying degrees of ability)

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

  • Women Empowerment
  • Social Responsibility
  • International Origin
  • Family Films
  • Generational – representation of people over the age of 50
  • Veteran’s Stories
  • Stories that represent Asian, African, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Native American Communities

In order to complete and process your submission, BFF requires that you please fill out the Diversity and Inclusion Research Questionnaire here.

Does your production already have a distribution deal? If your feature film has a distribution deal and you would like it to screen at BFF, please have your distributor contact us for possible inclusion in the non-competitive program.

AWARD CATEGORIES

Audience Awards

  • Best Narrative Film
  • Best Documentary Film
  • Best Short Content
  • Best Episodic Content
  • Best of Fest Award (decided by the audience for a narrative or documentary feature)

Juried Awards

  • Best Narrative Film
  • Best Documentary Film
  • Best Short Content
  • Best Episodic Content

Special Jury Awards

  • Best Ensemble Cast
  • Best Director
  • Best Editor
  • Best Screenwriting
  • Women Empowerment
  • Best Family Film
  • Highest Diversity Score (given by BFF)

The guaranteed distribution offer will only be given to one (1) of the above award winners, not all. Additional prizes TBA.

See Previous BFF Award Winners

DEADLINES AND FEES

Early
Oct 12, 2017
11:59 p.m. PST.
Official
Dec 12, 2017
11:59 p.m. PST.
Late
Jan 12, 2018
11:59 p.m. PST.
Feature Narrative, Feature Documentary $60 $75 $90
Shorts, Episodic Content $30 $35 $45
  • The 2018 Competition Submissions Opens: September 12, 2017
  • The above deadlines are not postmarked dates, they are arrive by deadlines / dates your projects must be delivered to BFF.
  • BFF will not view your film if it is received after January 12, 2018.  For this reason, it is suggested that you mail your film to us well in advance of the late entry deadline.
  • 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.
  • Please note that the Writing 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

Feature Narrative, Feature Documentary

Early – Oct 12, 2017 11:59 p.m. PST – $60
Official – Dec 12, 2017 11:59 p.m. PST – $75
Late – Jan 12, 2018 11:59 p.m. PST – $90

Shorts, Episodic Content

Early – Oct 12, 2017 11:59 p.m. PST – $30
Official – Dec 12, 2017 11:59 p.m. PST – $35
Late – Jan 12, 2018 11:59 p.m. PST – $45

  • The 2018 Competition Submissions Opens: September 12, 2017
  • The above deadlines are not postmarked dates, they are arrive by deadlines / dates your projects must be delivered to BFF.
  • BFF will not view your film if it is received after January 12, 2018.  For this reason, it is suggested that you mail your film to us well in advance of the late entry deadline.
  • 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.
  • Please note that the Writing 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