We wrapped our 8th year! The Bentonville Film Festival is a one of a kind event that champions inclusion in all forms of media. Chaired by Academy Award® winner Geena Davis BFF is a year-long platform culminating with an annual festival in partnership with founding sponsor Walmart and presenting sponsor Coca-Cola. Our 8th annual festival took place with virtual events from June 22 – July 3, 2022 and in person events in the festival host state of Arkansas from June 22 – June 26, 2022. Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2023 festival dates!

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Our towns are the heart of America. Some say that they’re gone, moved on, or simply faded away. But there’s a new American town on the map. It’s a town with a big heart and even bigger ambition. A town where modern progress meets rich history, where the arts meet innovation, and where companies meet communities. A town you can explore with all of your senses: from fresh air in the Ozarks, to fresh cuisine on your plate. That town is Bentonville, Arkansas. A town to visit, to see, to breathe, and to discover: “Now this is a great town.” Visit Bentonville — a new American town.

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Jenna Laurenzo

The Bentonville Film Festival served as such a wonderful launching pad for Lez Bomb. The enthusiasm and support from the festival and its affiliates was incredible. BFF will always hold a warm place in my heart. I met many inspiring filmmakers, and even collaborated with Jesse Einstein months later, after meeting this kindred spirit in the filmmakers lounge. We’re so grateful for the continued support of Geena Davis, The Geena Davis Institute, and all the hard working staff at BFF helping to make a positive impact on the industry.

Jenna Laurenzo (Lez Bomb 2018; Stars and Thunder 2019)


We asked our BFF Filmmakers to make a video so you could get to know them and their films a little better. They had to pitch their film and say how it connects to BFF’s mission of inclusion in media, all in under 20 seconds! See what past filmmakers sent.


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