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 festival runs from Thursday, Oct. 11 - Sunday, Oct. 14, with most venues located in Bend's historic downtown and the nearby Old Mill District.

Awards & Prizes

The 2017 BendFilm "First Features" Guest of Honor Peter Gilbert. The 14th Festival jury included Paul Sturtz (Ragtime Film Society), Don Lewis (Hammer to Nail), and Amy Nicholson (producer and director). The 2018 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 NARRATIVE FEATURE* - $1,000 Cash Prize

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE* - $1,000 Cash Prize

BEST DIRECTOR* - $500 Cash Prize

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT* - $500 Cash Prize

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT* - $500 Cash Prize

BEST STUDENT SHORT* - $500 Cash Prize

BEST ANIMATED SHORT* - $500 Cash Prize

BEST OF THE NORTHWEST* - $500 Cash Prize

KATIE MERRITT AUDIENCE AWARD* - $500 Cash Prize

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY*

* includes a BendFilm award sculpture

Rules & Terms

GENERAL RULES

Submission to the 2018 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 2018 BendFilm Festival, submitted work must have been completed after January 1, 2017, and may not have been publicly screened or broadcast in Central Oregon prior to the 2018 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 or Withoutabox), 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, 2018.

If accepted, the entrant agrees to provide an exhibition file in BendFilm's required format along with a BluRay backup by September 14, 2018. 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, 2018.)

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.

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ENTRY FEE DISCOUNTS

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.

BFNW18: $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.

BFFD18: $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.

BFSTU18: $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.

BFALUM18: 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.

16 Reviews

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    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
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    Jennifer Waldo

    BendFilm showcases incredible movies in an incredibly beautiful quaint town, offering micro-brew on tap everywhere and delicious food. With only a few panels, the festival is focused on the films it shows and the filmmakers. It's easy to network and make great connections in this intimate setting and still feel like there are people you didn't get a chance to meet. The audience, attendees, and volunteers are enthusiastic and excited, and the films are really stellar. Highly recommend!

    November 2017
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    Tommy Day

    Great festival in a great town! Great parties and cool theaters! Much fun.

    November 2017
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    Skye Borgman

    Amazing festival. Really great networking activities, panels and programming! The Staff and volunteers are amazing.

    October 2017
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    Geoff Marslett

    loved it. one of my favorite film festivals this year. great programming, great town - and very hospitable staff.

    October 2017