A near-constant fixture of MovieMaker magazine's 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, BendFilm celebrates independent films and the risky, passionate, tough and talented people who make them. This year's 16th Annual Festival runs from Thursday, Oct. 10 - Sunday, Oct. 13, with most venues located in Bend's historic downtown and the nearby Old Mill District. $10,500 in cash prizes including the $5,000 cash "Best of Show!"

The 2018 BendFilm inaugural recipients of the (Indie) Women of the Year Award, Debra Granik, and Anne Rosellini were recognized for their career work. This annual award is presented to a female artist who demonstrates an exceptional passion for independent film, bravely share her authentic voice and makes extraordinary contributions to the independent body of work.

The 15th BendFilm Festival jury included Brandon Harris (Amazon Original Movies), Erick Allen Hatch (film programmer, critic, and consultant), and Matt Grady (producer and founder of Factory 25). The 2019 jury will be announced mid-summer...

BEST OF SHOW* - $5,000 Cash Prize
All narrative and documentary features screening as part of the jury competition are eligible for this award.



BEST DIRECTOR* - $500 Cash Prize


BEST NATIVE FEATURE* - $500 Cash Prize



BEST STUDENT SHORT* - $500 Cash Prize

BEST ANIMATED SHORT* - $500 Cash Prize

BEST OF THE NORTHWEST* - $500 Cash Prize



* includes a BendFilm award sculpture


Submission to the 2019 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 2019 BendFilm Festival, submitted work must have been completed after January 1, 2018, and may not have been publicly screened or broadcast in Central Oregon prior to the 2019 festival dates.

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. The number of scheduling slots available for competitive and non-competitive narrative features, documentary features and short films may vary from year to year.

BendFilm DOES NOT provide screening fees or honorariums for submitted work — or for any film screening as part of the festival’s juried competition. Films not accepted into the juried competition may 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 must be provided for submissions to be reviewed by the Bendfilm programming committee. If not provided through the submission platform (FilmFreeway), a direct Vimeo link and password can be emailed to info@bendfilm.org after submission.

Entrants will be notified of their submission’s selection status on or about September 1, 2019.

If accepted, the entrant agrees to provide an exhibition file in BendFilm's required format along with a BluRay backup by September 14, 2019. Foreign language films must be subtitled in English. Any costs necessary to deliver the exhibition file to BendFilm in the required format, or for any necessary subtitling, is the sole responsibility of the entrant.

Entrant also agrees to allow BendFilm to keep a copy of their submission in the BendFilm Lending Library, should it be accepted into the festival’s lineup. The Lending Library has been a BendFilm member benefit since 2006 and allows members living in Bend to enjoy films that have played past editions of the festival, most of which they would not have access to otherwise. (To opt out of the BendFilm Lending Library program, please notify BendFilm in writing by November 1, 2019.)

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 are available to all Official Selections and Award winners.

All materials 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 master tapes.



The below discount codes are available for students, women, BendFilm alumni, and for films produced in the Northwest. Only one discount may be used per submission. Any misuse of discount codes will result in automatic disqualification without refund.

BFNW19: $5 discount for films produced in the Northwest. To qualify, submitted work must have been filmed in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, or Montana. Qualification details must be included in your cover letter.

BFFD19: $10 discount for female directors. To qualify, submitted work must have been directed by a woman. This discount is in recognition of the challenges that women face having their voices heard in a predominantly male-dominated film industry.

BFSTU19: $10 discount for student films. To qualify, submitted work must have been produced or directed by individuals who were enrolled in school (college or graduate level) and carried a valid student ID at the time of the film’s production. Qualification details must be included in your cover letter; a copy of the producer or director’s student ID may be required.

BFALUM19: 75% discount for returning BendFilm Alumni. To qualify, the submitted work must include an above-the-line crew member (producer, director, writer, lead actor) who has screened their film at the BendFilm Festival in a previous year (2004-2017). Qualification details must be included in your cover letter.

Overall Rating
  • Carol Younghusband

    We had great two-way communication with this festival. Although we weren't able to attend due to the distance from the UK, the festival felt extremely inclusive and we'd recommend.

    October 2018
  • Michael Curtis Johnson

    An exceptional festival. One of my favorites. The programming is top notch. The films are challenging and eclectic. The town and festival show the filmmakers love and appreciation.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Michael!

  • Ivo Marloh

    Great festival!! I didn't get to go in the end but we still managed to sell out the 460-seat theatre with a rushline around the building. Well done BendFilm!

    October 2018
  • Clarissa Jacobson

    Had the best time here! Incredibly well run, treat their filmmakers great and full screenings with great PR. Loved it!

    October 2018
  • Konrad Fiedler

    We loved beautiful Bend, Oregon and this festival was one of the most filmmaker friendly we've been too. We met some wonderful filmmakers and screenings had great turnout. The audiences were filled with super engaged locals! Bend loves indie film!

    November 2017