FESTIVAL PROGRAM

We are incredibly proud of our lineup for events for our 5th year. We’ve brought back festival classics, and added some new, soon-to-be favorites. Films, Discussion Events, Special and Community Events, all centered around our mission of inclusion in media.

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FILMS
DISCUSSION EVENTS
SPECIAL EVENTS
COMMUNITY EVENTS

FILMS

Presenting the official selection of the BFF 2019 Competition films, all centered around our mission of inclusion in media.

Competition Narrative

BFF proudly presents 15 impressive films for our 5th Anniversary Competition Feature Narrative block. These stories showcase the next wave of diverse, inclusive filmmakers that represent the world as it truly is.

Competition Documentary

Explore the heartfelt and humorous stories of the 14 Competition Feature Documentary films this year. From the history of stunt women in Hollywood to the life of competitive, creative dog groomers, these insightful documentaries are sure to educate and inspire.

Competition Shorts Block

Crafted with passion, innovation and lot of spunk, these short films highlight original and diverse voices in filmmaking from around the world.

Competition Episodic

Inventive form, bold work, and daring storytelling. You’ll be struck by the fresh perspective and ground-breaking content of the official episodic selections for BFF 2019.

Competition Family

Awe-inspiring visuals, compelling stories and inclusive content for the whole family. Great filmmaking and inclusive films are for all generations!

Spotlight Films

Spotlight films feature bold work from film festival favorites from around the U.S. See a special, early screening of an indie smash months before anyone else.

DISCUSSION EVENTS

Listen, learn, repeat. Experience the BFF 2019 official discussion events with an open mind, ears, and heart. Hear from celebrities, advocates, corporate change-makers, industry leaders, athletes and more on their innovative practices and personal experiences with inclusion and diversity in media.

Panels

Film industry leaders, artists and the brightest minds from forward-thinking organizations discuss innovative solutions to the problems around inclusion and representation that face our world today.

SPECIAL EVENTS

In this workshop, kids who’ve seen the movie “Coco” will learn what it means to evaluate media critically through discussion and hands-on activities based on Common Sense Media’s unique rating system.

Experience this special screening of BFF 2017 Alumni Blood Road, with Rebecca Rusch in attendance!

BFF in partnership with the Arkansas Fashion Council host a fashion event showcasing the original work of designer Linda Rowe Thomas.

Panels

Student teams create 60-second productions in 3 days, all powered by Samsung and BFF. The goal? To encourage Arkansas students to create inclusive content!

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Need something to do between film screenings and discussion events? We’ve got you covered.

Presented by Anderson Merchandisers, Inclusion Town is the must-stop spot for outdoor fun at BFF 2019. Glam products, food samples, puppy adoptions – Inclusion Town has it all!

Experience movies in the great outdoors! FREE films for the whole family play all week at the Sony & Orville Redenbacher’s outdoor movie theatre.

Help us finish the Mosaic! We’re building a Mosaic at the Unilever Social Media Lounge, and we need your help. Click to learn more!

Need a new friend? MARS Petcare will be sponsoring dog adoptions at their Better Cities for Pets booth. Help break our goal of 67 adoptions from 2018!

Women Shred

Hit the Oz trails at BFF with World Champion cyclists Caroline Buchanan, Anneke Beerten, Lael Wilcox and more at Women Shred, the first-ever bike festival focused on women, and female cyclist representation in film, May 8-11! Their goal? Get more women on the epic Oz trails of NWA!

Pioneer: First Women Filmmakers

Explore the barrier-breaking, women of early cinema who you most-likely haven’t heard of, despite their lasting mark on the films we enjoy today.

The Check Your Blind Spots Tour is coming to BFF! Hop on the bus and walk through a series of experiences designed to raise awareness around unconscious bias and how everyone can change behaviors in their everyday lives.

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