BendFilm Announces Feature Films in Competition

(L-R: The Pez Outlaw, Sweet Disaster, Uyra: The Rising Forest)


BendFilm announced today the 20 feature films in competition categories from the 19th annual BendFilm Festival running October 6 – 23, 2022. Many filmmakers and producers are scheduled to attend the festival to host post-film discussions, participate in panels and enjoy Bend’s scenic beauty. BendFilm Festival is recognized by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® as Oscar® qualifying for narrative, animated and indigenous short films.

BendFilm will continue its filmmaker-focused efforts to award over $12,00 in prizes directly to independent filmmakers in these competition categories including $5,000 for Best Of Show. Passes are on sale now for the in-person festival events October 6 – 9 and the streaming events October 10- 23.

Todd Looby, Director of BendFilm, said, “The theme of this year’s BendFilm Festival is connection, which is paramount to the human experience. Not only are we looking forward to gathering in person to reconnect with our community, we are also anticipating the discovery of connection to new stories, issues and subjects explored in the vast program. One film at a time, we hope to foster more empathy, awareness and genuine connection to one another.”

Selin Sevinc, BendFilm Head Programmer, said, “We are thrilled to begin unveiling this year’s program which showcases a wide range of nuanced stories, layered documentaries, and artistically daring films. Audiences will see many stories of people determined to carve their own path and fight societal expectations. The notion of self-determination is something all audiences can relate to and cheer for on screen.

Upcoming BendFilm Festival announcements include potential Oscar® qualifying short films, Spotlight feature films, the 2022 First Features honoree and (Indie) Woman of the Year honoree. Submissions are now open for a grant offering $10,000 to a BIPOC filmmaker which will be given out after a live pitch at the Festival.

Find out more here.

About BendFilm:
BendFilm hosts an annual independent film festival, year-round film exhibitions and programs, and is the proud owner of the Tin Pan Theater – a boutique arthouse cinema located in downtown Bend’s Tin Pan Alley. The organization is designed to support and nourish filmmakers and enrich the cultural life of Central Oregon while also providing an economic benefit to the region. Celebrating its 19th year, BendFilm is proud to bring diverse voices and visions to the Bend community. The BendFilm Festival runs every October in Bend, Oregon. Make plans to join us October 6-23, 2022 for in-person and virtual cinema plus filmmaker workshops, panels and more. Bend is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, beer lovers and stunning natural scenery. BendFilm is made possible by a dedicated crew of volunteers and generous donors, members and sponsors. For more information, call (541) 388-3378 or visit Connect with BendFilm on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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