May 2-7, 2017

About the Foundation

The Bentonville Film Festival Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, seeks to positively and proactively influence filmmaking to ensure the American entertainment industry represents the national audience and the growing diversity of the United States population. As a research-based and action-oriented organization, the Bentonville Film Festival Foundation's main objective is to provide a platform to significantly increase the commercial value content produced with our mission in mind.

In partnership with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the BFFF will lead a series of educational based panel discussions and symposia to champion and support women and diverse voices in the entertainment industry.

The foundation's main activities are:

  • Fielding research projects to build the business case for supporting diversity and inclusion
  • Offering educational forums such as panel discussions, college symposia, and special events to bring together decision makers and develop actionable plans to increase diverse voices in media
  • Developing programs to support content and diverse storytellers in all aspects of media to ensure mass audiences view their stories
  • Building awareness of and support for Northwest Arkansas community arts programs
  • Creating a national platform in support of the Foundation's mission

We are deeply rooted in viable relationships with industry insiders and look to leverage those relationships to cultivate strategic partnerships that further enhance our goal. We also seek to grow the Bentonville Film Festival as the next ‘must see’ American city and the most impactful festival in the nation today through our demonstrated commitment to research and action.

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