The 2020 program is also presenting 4 World Premieres: In Documentary Competition, award winning filmmaker Ondi Timoner will premiere COMING CLEAN, a look at America’s opioid crisis through the eyes of recovering addicts; the Narrative Competition includes the late addition of Charles Mudede’s, Thin Skin, about a divorced father of two who longs for a career as a musician; and, as previously announced, Sujata Day’s, Definition Please, and Iram Parveen Bilal’s, I’ll Meet You There.
Wendy Guerrero, President of Programming of Bentonville Film Festival, said: “When we begin programming BFF every year our primary focus is always to assure that the films, panels and events we present align with our core mission and values, and accurately represent the diverse world we live in. What we have programmed for our first year as a hybrid festival reflects these goals and more; incredible storytellers sharing their diverse, uncompromised voices. We couldn’t be more pleased with the lineup and what we have to offer our audience both virtually and on the ground in the greater Bentonville area in terms of thought leadership, education, entertainment and accessibility.”
Geena Davis, Bentonville Film Foundation Co-Founder and Chair said: “At BFF we pride ourselves on bringing people together as a community to celebrate underrepresented storytellers. As we navigate this new way of hosting a film festival, we are thrilled this year to be offering the most diverse program we have had yet. We look forward to connecting with a world-wide audience, championing works that reflect our mission, and presenting panels that open doors for broader conversations addressing inclusivity.”
Jury members for the 2020 festival are as follows:
Patrick Harrison joined the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as Director, Member Relations and Programming, New York in 2001. He is responsible for the creation and implementation of all Academy programs on the East Coast including weekly official membership screenings, Academy at Metrograph film series, the annual Spotlight on Crafts film series, Academy Tributes, educational outreach and the annual Oscar® Night New York celebrations. Patrick produces the Academy Conversations film series and moderates post screening panel discussions between the filmmakers which are distributed on the Academy’s online platforms. Patrick has served on a number of festival juries including the Hamptons International Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival.
Maggie Kiley is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after creatives in the television arena, and a testament of quality work in the industry today. Currently, Maggie can be seen as the director and co-EP behind USA Network’s series: Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story, the second installment in the anthology series. Maggie directed four out of the eight episodes of this season, including its premiere and finale. Maggie has the honor of being the first individual selected by Ryan Murphy for his coveted Half Initiative. With Ryan’s guidance throughout this program, coupled with her undeniable talent, Maggie rightfully earned her spot directing episodes of television’s most successful series, including American Horror Story: Cult, Scream Queens and 9-1-1. Other television credits include directing the pilot and finale episodes of The CW’s Katy Keene; multiple episodes of The CW’s Riverdale; Marvel’s The Gifted; Netflix’s anthology series What/If; Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina; N etflix’s Insatiable; SYFY’s George R.R. Martin series, Nightflyers; and YouTube Red’s Impulse. On the feature film front, Maggie’s award-winning short Some Boys Don’t Leave starred Jesse Eisenberg and played at more than 50 festivals, garnering awards at both Tribeca and the Palm Springs International Shortsfest.