A near-constant fixture of MovieMaker magazine's 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee: https://goo.gl/yXmzNA, BendFilm celebrates independent films and the risky, passionate, tough and talented people who make them. This year's festival runs from Thursday, Oct. 12 - Sunday, Oct. 15, with most venues located in Bend's historic downtown and the nearby Old Mill District.

Awards & Prizes

The 2016 BendFilm "First Features" Guest of Honor were John Sayles and Maggie Renzi. The 13th Festival jury included Aaron Katz (Oscilloscope), Eliza Hajek (SAGindie), and Kristin Slaysman (Los Angeles based actor, producer and director). The 2017 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 STUDENT SHORT* - $500 Cash Prize

BEST ANIMATED SHORT* - $500 Cash Prize

BEST OF THE NORTHWEST* - $500 Cash Prize



* includes a BendFilm award sculpture

Rules & Terms

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 required 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.

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.



The below discount codes are available for students, 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.

BFNW17: $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.

BFSTU17: $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.

BFALUM17: 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 (2004-2016). Qualification details must be included in your cover letter.

7 Reviews

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    eryn wilson

    I headed over to Bend from New Zealand for the world premiere of my film. Todd, Erik and the crew run a slick operation. Amazing hospitality, great venues, engaged audiences and a fine selection of films with many film makers attending. Testament to a finely run festival. Thanks Bendfilm!

    October 2017
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    Vanessa LeMaire

    Todd, Erik and their hyper-organized team of volunteers make you feel the queen of the world. After years staring at the ceiling wondering how you are going to pay the bills while financing the film, here is a festival that rolls out the red carpet to make sure you and your talent are covered from the moment you put your first toe out of the airplane. Imagine a festival that sends you an itinerary of all your events, that organizes the best parties ever, in a small town where you are bound to meet fellow filmmakers, producers and celebrities over and over again, for long term relations and great business. Hands down, the best fest "An Acquired Taste" played in. Thanks guys. I'm coming back!

    December 2016
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    Clayton Smith

    An inspiring and community-minded festival, with incredible hospitality and efforts to welcome filmmakers. I had such a great time getting to know new friends and colleagues, and sharing my film with them. I'll never forget it.

    October 2016
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    Tom Spriggs

    Great Festival. Our Director and Producer not only had a great time but they felt the festival was great for networking and collaboration on potential future projects.

    October 2016
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    Erica Fae

    a beautiful festival. honored, truly, to have screened there!!

    October 2016