July 2021 will see the return of NBFF in the scenic town of North Bend, Washington, with equal focus on standout vanguard programming, mold-breaking genre cinema and surrealist narratives in both fiction and non-fiction filmmaking. Best known as the original shooting location for cult-hit and recently re-birthed TWIN PEAKS, North Bend will be home of the North Bend Film Festival from July 15-18, 2021. Submissions are now open for short & feature length films.

North Bend Film Festival Advisory Board:
Todd Brown (XYZ Films), Barbara Crampton (Actress, RE-ANIMATOR, YOU’RE NEXT), Katie Kelly (Head of Marketing, Altspace VR), Bre Keveren (Special Events, City of North Bend), Tori Palmatier (Ridley Scott's RSA Films), Ina Pira (Curator, Vimeo), Annick Mahnert (Screen Division), Charlie Sextro (Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival), Travis Stevens (Snowfort Pictures), Rachel Walker (Sundance Film Festival), Mara Webster (Head of Programming, In Creative Company), and Jenn Wexler (Director & Producer, Glass Eye Pix),

Best Feature
Best Short
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting
Best Screenplay (completed film)
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Special Effects
Best Score
Audience Choice Award

The 2021 festival considers short films 45 minutes or less and feature films of 46 minutes or longer. Works in progress are accepted- please note.

One entry per submission fee.

There is no premiere requirement, though it will be taken into consideration.

Films can not be publicly available prior to the festival dates.

Entries must be in English or subtitled/dubbed in English.

It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to clear all rights before your film screens at the festival. I shall indemnify and hold harmless North Bend Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

By submitting you agree to grant the festival the right to use film images promotional purposes.

Submission fees are not refundable. The festival does not pay screening fees.

Overall Rating
  • Jason Giampietro

    Great experience! Even thought we couldn't be together in person in 2020 the programmers did a great job of putting together a lineup that captured the spirit of the festival.

    October 2020
  • Jackson Ezinga

    Being a huge Twin Peaks fan, getting accepted into this fest was a dream come true! I wasn't sure I was able to attend until the day before the festival, but the festival team was very accommodating and helped me get from the airport to North Bend and got me all set up for a weekend of unique and memorable movies. Their communication was fantastic and the sleepy town of North Bend is the perfect setting for their weird, strange, and wonderful programming! Highly recommended!

    September 2019
  • Martin Melnick

    We had the world premiere of our short film at the North Bend Film Festival and I can't say enough good things about the experience. The organizers were all super attentive and had great communication. The festival itself was a blast and we met some fantastic filmmakers. I hope to be back next year.

    September 2018