BFF will also offer interactive and special event areas around Downtown Bentonville as we effectively add the “festival” to film festival! The focus is inclusion and diversity as our sponsors and partners offer free, outdoor fun for the whole family with exciting demos, giveaways and totally unique experiences. Plus, mark your calendars for BFF’s Bike Ride – a family trail ride, with partners Bike NWA. More details to come.
BFF’S SIGNATURE ENTERTAINMENT AREAS AND ZONES
Hours: Wednesday, May 2, 1:00-6:00pm; Thursday, May 3: 1:00-7:00pm; Friday, May 4: 1:00-8:00pm; Saturday, May 5: 11:00am-5:00pm; Sunday, May 6: 11:00am -3:00pm.
Diversity Drive will be highlighted by the BFF Outdoor Music Stage, which will feature a variety of local acts, up-and-coming talent, insightful discussions with BFF competition filmmakers and surprise guests hosted by Tribe of Women, and other family-themed performances. The Better Cities for Pets tent will have rescued dogs and cats available for adoption. Mars Petcare is working with local shelters and rescues to sponsor the pet adoptions during BFF, and hope to top the 58 dogs that were adopted at last year’s festival. Refreshments and samples from BFF partners and sponsors Coca-Cola, Stella Artois and Constellation Brands, as well as L’Oreal, Hard Candy and Synchrony. (Closes at 1:00pm on Sunday.)
Presented by Anderson Merchandisers, Inclusion Town is a collection of featured attractions presented by studio, beauty, and retail BFF partners and sponsors, including Universal, Warner Brothers, Nick Jr., Paramount, American Media International, P&G, PopSockets, the NBA, Taste Beauty, Vogue, EcoTools, Henkel and Unilever. Inclusion Town will celebrate diversity and inclusion with highlights including characters and entertainment from shows and films like, “Teen Titans Go!” “Sunny Day,” “Barbie,” and JURASSIC WORLD.
On Saturday, May 5, BFF honors Latin culture with a Cinquo de Mayo celebration, featuring local entertainment, food, and activities provided by the community. On Sunday, May 6, BFF will partner with Peekaboo Magazine for the 6th Annual Peekaboo Kids Fest Street Faire, featuring family activities and special appearances by Peppa Pig and her brother George.
*Hours: Saturday: 11:00am- 5:00pm; Sunday, 11:00am- 3:00pm
*Plus: The Premiere of new Peppa Pig episodes at the Sony & Orville Redenbacher Outdoor Theatre at Lawrence Plaza on Saturday at 10:00am and 3:30pm.
SONY/ORVILLE REDENBACHER OUTDOOR THEATRE AT LAWRENCE PLAZA
Enjoy a variety of free films at BFF’s outdoor movie theatre by Sony, including family-friendly movies like HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE, MULAN, COCO, THE EMOJI MOVIE, PETER RABBIT and STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE will be offered, as well as complimentary Orville Redenbacher popcorn, refreshments from Slimfast.
BFF’s STEAM Zone features innovations and new technologies, including a cooking demo stage, VR/AR and STEM experiences from sponsors like Cox, The Quantum Storey Company, SmartyPants Vitamins, and Hot Wheels. Sunday, May 6, V8-Fusion Energy will sponsor BFF’s first family trail ride with partner Bike NWA.
THEATRE VILLAGE PRESENTED BY SYNCHRONY
Theatre Village is home to BFF’s two Cinetransformer theatres where you can catch screenings of the 2018 Competition Films (ticket required.) Theatre Village will also offer complimentary concessions.
VUDU Lounge: Chill out in the comfy lounge between films and activities, grab a refreshment and pick up a free movie rental from VUDU.