4th Annual

The Bentonville Film Festival 2018

May 01, 2018 to May 06, 2018

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Films

Under Feature Films, there are two competition categories:

Narrative Feature Film Competition
Fiction films with a runtime of at least 80 minutes (exclusive of credits) and that do not have distribution deal(s).

Documentary Feature Film Competition
Non-fictions films with a runtime of at least 80 minutes (exclusive of credits) and that do not have distribution deals.

Does your production already have a distribution deal?
If your feature has a distribution deal and you would like it to screen at BFF, please have your distributor contact us at submissions@bentonvillefilmfestival.com. BFF also has screening slots to screen Showcase Films / non-competition films. These are screenings of BFF mission aligned films backed by a studio or independent distribution company.

Is your film under 80 minutes? Then it might fit under our other categories below.

Short Content Competition
Narrative or documentary projects with a runtime of 30 minutes or less inclusive of credits.

Episodic Content Competition
Content created for television or the web to be showcased over multiple episodes or seasons. Pilots or a subsequent episode may be submitted but entries must be limited to one episode with a runtime under 45 minutes inclusive of credits.


FOR ALL CATEGORIES, PLEASE SEE THE BFF QUALIFIERS AND RULES PRIOR TO SUBMITTING YOUR PRODUCTION.
Shorts

For the Shorts Competition Category, the production must have a runtime of 30 minutes or less (inclusive of credits) and may be a narrative or documentary.

For all categories, please see the BFF Qualifiers and Rules prior to submitting your production.
Episodic

The Episodic Content Competition Category is for content created for television or the web to be showcased over multiple episodes or seasons. Pilots or a subsequent episode may be submitted but entries must be limited to one episode with a runtime under 45 minutes inclusive of credits.

For all categories, please read the BFF Qualifiers and Rules prior to submitting your production.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

BFF's mission is to encourage content development that mirrors the diverse world in which we live in.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL


The Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) is a one of a kind event that champions inclusion in all aspects of media entertainment. The annual six day festival, organized by the Bentonville Film Festival LLC and the Bentonville Film Festival Foundation, with the help of founding sponsor Walmart and presenting sponsor Coca-Cola, is held the first week of May of every year in Bentonville, Arkansas, and includes an impactful Inclusion, Research and Content Summit. Connecting engaged entertainment industry leaders and major corporate changemakers with a diverse array of storytellers affords BFF the unique opportunity to amplify commercially viable content, solutions and initiatives that adequately represent the world around us.

Co-Founded in 2015 by Academy Award(R) winner Geena Davis (founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media) and Trevor Drinkwater (President and CEO of Inclusion Companies), BFF is a commercially focused, research-based platform, which proactively supports content creation that accurately reflects the world around us, and is proud to have a film competition that provides theatrical and ancillary distribution offers to some of the winning films. 

To stay up to date on all things BFF, go to www.BentonvilleFilmFestival.com and follow @BFFfestival on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

ORGANIZERS

Grace Santos (VP, Business Affairs); Wendy Guerrero (Festival Director); Wendy Guerrero (Festival Director); Wendy Guerrero (Festival Director); Wendy Guerrero (President of Programming)

GENERAL RULES

Fill out the BFF Submissions and Diversity & Inclusion Questionnaire and Agreement found on
https://marcatoapp.com/forms/bfffestival/submissionsagmt/new

BFF requests this information because (i) it collects data to study inclusion and diversity representation in entertainment; and (ii) it provides confirmation that (a) the productions BFF is considering meet BFF's mission and competition qualifiers and (b) the Applicant has read and agreed to the Rules.

One of the reasons BFF is unique, is because it exhibits diverse and inclusive productions - both in front of and behind the camera - in the following ways:
• Gender (prominent representation of women)
• Color (representation of varied races and ethnicities)
• Sexual Identity (representation of all sexual orientations)
• Ability (representation of persons with varying degrees of ability)

BFF Competition Qualifiers
In order for your production to qualify for competition, it must contain two (2) or more (does not need to contain all) of the following:
• Director is from an Underrepresented Group
• Writer is from an Underrepresented Group
• Producer is from an Underrepresented Group
• Lead Character/Subject is from an Underrepresented Group
• At least fifty-percent (50%) of cast, background performers, and crew are from an Underrepresented Group
• The storyline is about an Underrepresented Group

BFF’s definition of “Underrepresented Group” means:
• Women
• People of Color
• People from the LGBTQIA community
• People with disabilities

The following are not requirements but BFF would like to also program films in the following possible special film programs:
• Women Empowerment
• Social Responsibility
• International Origin
• Family Films
• Generational – representation of people over the age of 50
• Veterans’ Stories
• Stories that represent Asian, African, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Native American Communities


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The owner of the production (hereinafter "Applicant") agrees to:

1. Read the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) rules and regulations on http://www.BentonvilleFilmFestival.com/Creators

2. Submit the production on WithoutABox properly.

3. Fill out the BFF Submissions and Diversity & Inclusion Questionnaire and Agreement found on
https://marcatoapp.com/forms/bfffestival/submissionsagmt/new

BFF requests this information because (i) it collects data to study inclusion and diversity representation in entertainment; and (ii) it provides confirmation that (a) the productions BFF is considering meet BFF's mission and competition qualifiers and (b) the Applicant has read and agreed to the Rules.

One of the reasons BFF is unique, is because it exhibits diverse and inclusive productions - both in front of and behind the camera - in the following ways:
• Gender (prominent representation of women)
• Color (representation of varied races and ethnicities)
• Sexual Identity (representation of all sexual orientations)
• Ability (representation of persons with varying degrees of ability)

BFF Competition Qualifiers
In order for your production to qualify for competition, it must contain two (2) or more (does not need to contain all) of the following:
• Director is from an Underrepresented Group
• Writer is from an Underrepresented Group
• Producer is from an Underrepresented Group
• Lead Character/Subject is from an Underrepresented Group
• At least fifty-percent (50%) of cast, background performers, and crew are from an Underrepresented Group
• The storyline is about an Underrepresented Group

BFF’s definition of “Underrepresented Group” means:
• Women
• People of Color
• People from the LGBTQIA community
• People with disabilities

The following are not requirements but BFF would like to also program films in the following possible special film programs:
• Women Empowerment
• Social Responsibility
• International Origin
• Family Films
• Generational – representation of people over the age of 50
• Veterans’ Stories
• Stories that represent Asian, African, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Native American Communities


4. At the end of the BFF Submissions and Diversity & Inclusion Questionnaire and Agreement, the Applicant will be required to sign the Applicant Certification Statement in substantially the following form:

I, ______________, the Applicant for the production currently titled ______________ (“Production”), hereby certifies the following:
i. Any terms not defined in this applicant certification statement (“Applicant Certification Statement”) shall be defined by the terms ascribed in the 2018 Competition Rules and Regulations of the Bentonville Film Festival (“Rules”).
ii. I have full rights to enter into this Agreement with BFF.
iii. I have read the Rules; I agree to abide by the Rules; and the Production is in compliance with the Rules.