Thank you for BFF 2019!
Thank you to the filmmakers, attendees, community leaders, partners and sponsors that made BFF 2019 a possibility. With 86% of this year’s programming represented by female filmmakers and 62% represented by filmmakers of color, LGBTQ+ or different abilities, the sold-out showings of these films prove again that inclusion is not only the right thing to do – it’s good for everyone.
Keep watching inclusive films, and see you next year!
CHAMPIONING INCLUSION IN ALL FORMS OF MEDIA
Five years ago, Academy Award® winner Geena Davis and Inclusion Companies CEO Trevor Drinkwater, co-founded the Bentonville Film Festival to facilitate actionable change toward balanced, diverse and inclusive media. BFF has grown to a year-long platform culminating with an annual six-day festival, in partnership with founding sponsor Walmart and presenting sponsor Coca-Cola. Over the years, BFF has taken the lead with festival initiatives like the Diversity & Inclusion Summit, 400 inclusive films, more than 60 impactful panels, and hundreds of powerful discussions on diversity in media.
Each festival, BFF connects engaged entertainment industry leaders, diverse independent filmmakers and major corporate changemakers to move the needle on representation in media. BFF reaches across industries to highlight the necessity of commercially viable content that adequately represents the world around us, which is 50% female and incredibly diverse.
You will be amazed at all the outstanding work being done by our partners to change the world. Here are some of our favorite examples:
Walmart gives $30 Million for Harvey Relief & Recovery Efforts.
Coca-Cola Scholars are part of the family!
Marvel celebrates International Women’s Day in a powerful way.
eko is an interactive storytelling platform that lets you control the story. They're building an "ecosystem of engaged participants, forward-thinking creators, and innovative brands to pioneer the future of entertainment." They were an incredible sponsor [...]
The 2019 Award Winning Films and honorees at the Saturday night Awards Ceremony, presented by AMI, showcased our commitment to diverse, inclusive filmmakers. With 86% of this year's programming represented by female filmmakers [...]
Check out the newest additions to BFF 2019 with World Premiere films and early access to the next Indie smash hit, months before they hit the theaters. From Netflix premieres to Free events for [...]