May 2-7, 2017

The Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) will choose US and international narrative and documentary short films as part of its Short Film Competition in Bentonville in May 2017.

Winning films will receive a distribution consultation with festival partners and will be showcased across all BFF platforms.


Your short film’s total running time must be no more than thirty (30) minutes (exclusive of credits).

If your film does not meet this requirement, it might meet the requirement of one of BFF’s other competitions:


For the film to qualify for competition in the Festival, the film must have an Underrepresented Group in two (2) or more of the following roles

  • Director
  • Producer
  • Writer
  • Lead Character
  • At least fifty-percent (50%) of cast, crew or extras are from an Underrepresented Group

The definition of “Underrepresented Group” includes:

  • Women
  • People of Color
  • The LGBTQ community
  • People with disabilities
  • Veterans


  • The 2017 Competition Opens: October 3, 2016
  • Early Entry Deadline: Must be postmarked by November 14, 2016 at 6 p.m. PST
  • Official Deadline: Must be postmarked by December 26, 2016 at 6 p.m. PST
  • Late Entry Deadline: Must arrive by January 27, 2017 at 6 p.m. PST

Please note that your film MUST arrive at our office no later than January 27, 2017. BFF will not view your film if it is received after January 27, 2017. For this reason, it is suggested that you mail your film to us well in advance of the late entry deadline!


  • Early Entry Deadline: US$25
  • Official Deadline: US$35
  • Late Entry Deadline: US$45

Please note that BFF is unable to provide fee waivers because the above fees cover BFF’s costs and expenses in administrating this Competition.


The full Short Film Rules and Regulations (including instructions for may be found here.

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.