14th Annual

BendFilm Festival

October 12, 2017 to October 15, 2017

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

Narrative Feature
All narrative features are invited to submit. Our programming revolves around a broad thematic range, reflecting the independent spirit. (Films with major distribution may not qualify for juried competition, but are eligible for audience awards.) 50 minutes or greater.

*** For details on Entry Fee Discounts for students, Northwest films and BendFilm alumni, please visit http://www.bendfilm.org/2017-film-submissions/ ***
Documentary Feature
All documentary features are invited to submit in this category. Our programming revolves around a broad thematic range, reflecting the independent spirit. (Films with major distribution may not qualify for juried competition, but would still be eligible for audience awards.)

*** For details on Entry Fee Discounts for students, Northwest films and BendFilm alumni, please visit http://www.bendfilm.org/2017-film-submissions/ ***
Narrative Shorts
All narrative shorts are invited to submit. Our programming revolves around a broad thematic range, reflecting the independent spirit. (Films with major distribution may not qualify for juried competition, but are eligible for audience awards.) Running time: 50 minutes or less.

*** For details on Entry Fee Discounts for students, Northwest films and BendFilm alumni, please visit http://www.bendfilm.org/2017-film-submissions/ ***
Animated Shorts
All animated shorts are invited to submit. Our programming revolves around a broad thematic range, reflecting the independent spirit. (Films with major distribution may not qualify for juried competition, but are eligible for audience awards.) Running time: 50 minutes or less.

*** For details on Entry Fee Discounts for students, Northwest films and BendFilm alumni, please visit http://www.bendfilm.org/2017-film-submissions/ ***
Documentary Short Film
All documentary shorts are invited to submit. Our programming revolves around a broad thematic range, reflecting the independent spirit. (Films with major distribution may not qualify for juried competition, but are eligible for audience awards.) Running time: 50 minutes or less.

*** For details on Entry Fee Discounts for students, Northwest films and BendFilm alumni, please visit http://www.bendfilm.org/2017-film-submissions/ ***

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

BendFilm celebrates our 14th year with the brave voice of independent cinema through films, lectures and education.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

BendFilm brings the world to you - one film at a time

Filmmakers: You are the reason we do this. BendFilm puts its focus on filmmakers first, with awards, several of which will be CASH AWARDS, in the following categories:

1) BEST OF SHOW $5000
2) BEST DIRECTOR $500
3) BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE $60,000 Panasonic Camera Rental Pack
4) BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE $1500
5) BEST NARRATIVE SHORT $500
6) BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT $500
7) BEST STUDENT SHORT $500
8) BEST ANIMATED SHORT $500
9) BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - Award Sculpture
10) BEST OF THE NORTHWEST (OR, WA, ID, MT) $500
11) KATIE MERRITT AUDIENCE AWARD $500

Several of the categories are JURIED. A short list of some of our past amazing jurors:

· Aaron Katz, Oscilloscope
· Eliza Hajek, SAGindie
· Kristin Slaysman, Actor, producer, director
· Christian Gaines, Withoutabox at iMDb.com
· Dana Harris, editor in chief & general mgr of IndieWIRE
· Sharon Badal, Tribecca Film Festival
· Jon Korn, Sundance Film Festival
· Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
· Ondi Timoner, DIG! and We Live in Public
· Gus Van Sant, Filmmaker
· Neal Block, Magnolia Pictures
· Lisa Schwarzbaum, Critic and essayist
· Franklin Leonard, Founder of the Black List
- Ben Kasulke, DP, Humpday, Laggies
- Mel Eslyn, Producer, The One I Love
- Mark Gustafson, Animator, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Boxtrolls


BendFilm is known for our Guest Services. We take great care to cater to your every need. The HUB LADIES will guide you wherever and whenever necessary. Need a place to stay? We will help you there, too.

Bend is a destination location that festival fairy tales are made of. Small town, scenic, full of character... and there is no attitude. "Altitude without Attitude" is a favored motto. Red velvet ropes aren't allowed within the city boundaries during the month of October. Instead, the festival offers intimate access to all the action, the esteemed jurors and industry vets for the networking opportunities and, most importantly, the films and fun.

During the second weekend of October, Bend, Oregon is transformed from a recreational haven into a small-town possessed by the soul of independent film. Downtown theaters, lecture sites, restaurants, bars and party venues spark with the energy excited by the overwhelming presence of cinema.

Named one of MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE's 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, the event runs deeper than the marathon film-watching that fills guests' schedules from dawn until, well, dawn. Everyone you see on the sidewalks, in the restaurants and bars makes, cares, or has an opinion about film. It is the serendipitous encounters and ensuing discussions with the filmmakers and fellow passholders that makes the weekend so inspiring, affecting, and infectious.

Central Oregon is breathtakingly beautiful in October, and the opportunities for activities other than movie watching are endless, should attendees find some reason to disengage from the festival for a few hours. Bend is at the base of Mount Bachelor, the Three Sisters and Broken Top. The surroundings create stunning views, hiking, and mountain biking opportunities. The Deschutes River runs through town which again provides both beauty and recreation. Downtown Bend is charming and stocked with enough great stores that some travel here for the shopping alone.

ORGANIZERS

Abby Caram (Office Manager); Matthew Hand (Media Head); Todd Looby (Director); Todd Looby (Director)

GENERAL RULES

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Rules & Terms

GENERAL RULES
Submission to the 2017 BendFilm Festival constitutes an agreement with all festival terms and conditions, and permission to exhibit the work during the festival if selected. Entrants warrant that they have the legal right to submit the work to BendFilm, that all statements made in this application are true and accurate, and that all necessary rights and clearances have been secured to exhibit the work at the festival.

To be eligible for the 2017 BendFilm Festival, submitted work must have been completed after October 1, 2015, and may not have been publicly screened or broadcast in Central Oregon prior to the 2017 festival dates.

BendFilm DOES NOT provide screening fees for submitted work. Films with distribution may be ineligible for juried competition, but still be eligible for audience awards, as determined by the BendFilm programming committee. BendFilm may deny acceptance of any film at its sole discretion. ENTRY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Online screeners are preferred for submission. A direct Vimeo or YouTube link and password are requested for distribution to BendFilm Selections Committee members. Please email the screening link and password to info@bendfilm.org after submission. Those sending online screeners are also asked to provide a DVD copy (NTSC region 0) for Selections Committee members who are unable to view films online. Please send the DVD to the BendFilm office, with Title of Film, Duration, Tracking Number, and Category clearly written.

Work accepted to screen at the festival will be programmed in competitive and non-competitive categories at the sole discretion of BendFilm. Venue(s), program time(s) and number of screenings of selected work are also at the sole discretion of BendFilm.

Submissions will be notified of their selection status on or about September 1, 2017. If accepted, entrant agrees to ship exhibition materials to the festival at their own expense, to arrive at the BendFilm office by Friday, September 15. Entrant also agrees to provide the BendFilm with a final DVD of their "Official Selection" by September 15 for inclusion in the BendFilm Lending Library, a free service provided to BendFilm members living in Bend. (To opt out of the BendFilm Lending Library program, please notify BendFilm in writing by October 1, 2017.)

If accepted to screen at the BendFilm Festival, entrant agrees to provide a H.264 or MPG4 file for exhibition (.mov or .mp4, 1080P or 720P, max. data rate 25 mbs, AAC Stereo 44.1khz) along with a BluRay backup. DCP may be supported in some situations, but a BluRay backup will still be required. Foreign language films must be subtitled in english. Any costs associated with any subtitling is the sole responsibility of the entrant.

If the submission becomes an "Official Selection" and/or wins a Jury or Audience Award, BendFilm requests that this be noted on promotional materials. Festival laurels will be provided to all Official Selections and Award winners.

All films being sent from outside the United States must be sent "free domicile" to the BendFilm office, with all transportation charges, duties and taxes prepaid by shipper. BendFilm will not handle customs clearances, so please be sure to include all of the proper customs documentation required by your shipping service. BendFilm will cover return shipping to the address designated as the Print Source, or to another festival or destination, within the continental United States via ground shipping.

Although every possible care will be taken with exhibition material in our possession, BendFilm is not responsible for loss or damage. Please do not send originals, special prints or masters.