Welcome to the 6th annual Bentonville Film Festival, championing inclusion in all forms of media. April 29 – May 2, 2020!
We are thrilled to host you in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and are so thankful for the continued commitment from our sponsors towards Diversity & Inclusion. From our volunteers to our venues, local organizations and businesses, we could not do what we do without Bentonville, a city that is home to some of the world’s brightest thinkers and doers.
Five years ago, we co-founded the Bentonville Film Festival because we saw a need for diverse, inclusive representation in media. Media has the power to create the future, to change cultural norms. We shape our value in the world by seeing ourselves reflected in popular culture. With that in mind, we created a platform that is sustainable by proving that inclusion in media is not only valuable but will lead to increased commercial success.
With the support of our founding and presenting sponsors, Walmart and Coca-Cola, we put together our first festival in under 4 months, with 60 films and 13 panels. Since then, BFF has screened over 400 films, hosted more than 60 impactful panels discussions, and provided four feature films with distribution.Media has the power to create the future, to change cultural norms. Seeing stories that are diverse and inclusive impacts how we value ourselves and others. Thank you to the creators who understand this notion and who are sharing their works with our audiences. We exist solely to support forward-thinking filmmakers, actors, writers, producers, social media influencers, major studios, and advertisers who dedicate themselves to improving gender representation and embracing inclusion.
With this in mind, we’ve created a platform that is sustainable by proving that female and diverse voices are not only valuable but will lead to increased commercial success. We are proud to convene this hivemind of changemakers to chart the path forward in support of inclusion in media, and to effect real change now. If They Can See It, They Can Be It!
Thank you for supporting BBF! Now, sit back, relax and ENJOY THE SHOW!
Geena Davis + Trevor Drinkwater
Co-Founders, Bentonville Film Festival