BendFilm, Inc announced the winner of its annual $20,000 BIPOC Woman Filmmaker Grant. This annual program created by BendFilm awards a filmmaking grant to a woman of color to promote diversity and inclusion in the film industry. The 2023 winner is director Faith Briggs for her project ‘Fruit of Soil’: a feature-length documentary that shares the story of two dreamers, Black farmers who are creating a ripple of change in the Black community of Portland, Oregon by growing food, investing in Black farmers and feeding Black people.
BIPOC FILMMAKER GRANT: MEET THE FINALISTS AND JUDGES!
Meet the 6 finalists for our BIPOC Women Film Production Grant! These amazing filmmakers were chosen out of 264 applicants!
Join us Dec 17th for a live pitch and announcement of the Grant recipient, determined by our three judges.
This project was supported by a grant provided by the Creative Opportunity Program and Oregon Film – OregonFilm.org and the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund, A Visit Bend Project. Continue reading... “BendFilm Announces BIPOC Women Film Production Grant”
Join us for the Special 20th Anniversary Bend Film Festival in 2023! We’ll screen over 100 films from the Regal Old Mill to Madras and host 125 filmmakers who are joining us from all over the country.
Passes are currently the least expensive they will be, so do not wait. You can even gift a pass to a loved one!
BendFilm is an independent Oregon film festival in the truest sense – rugged, brilliant, daring, adventurous, fun, and engaging. Academy-qualifying and one of the “25 Coolest Festivals in the World,” BendFIlm is located in the wondrous mountain town of Bend, OR and has been showcasing some of the best independent films in the Pacific Northwest and beyond for 18 years.
On-screen representation affects cultural understanding of BIPOC, women, and LGBTQ+ characters. Barriers need to be broken down until equal representation is achieved on-screen and behind the camera.
BendFilm’s Grant will support a BIPOC women artist with $20,000 toward making their short or feature film. The grant supports storytellers who are working to tell creative and complex stories told from a point of view that is unique and authentic.
Filmmakers who have been underrepresented are less likely to have the funding support to produce their first films to jumpstart their careers. Continue reading... “BendFilm Launches BIPOC Women Production Film Grant”
BendFilm is seeking a dynamic and entrepreneurial ED who loves film and is energized to lead the organization in its continued growth, building on our rich history of bringing independent cinema and related programming to Bend, Oregon and beyond. The job is exciting and varied, and suited to an individual who thrives working with creative people and is motivated to connect with filmmakers, share the great films we discover, and advance our efforts to serve and build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.
MovieMaker Magazine’s “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” included BendFilm again this year. BendFilm is dedicated to celebrating independent cinema’s unique power to enrich lives, promote diversity and inspire change through vibrant educational programs and film festival experiences across Central Oregon. The festival’s signature event is the annual Bend Film Festival.
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. Continue reading... “BendFilm Announces Feature Films in Competition”
BendFilm announced today the 75 short films selected to screen during the 18th annual BendFilm Festival running October 7 – 17, 2021.
New this year, BendFilm Festival is now recognized by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® as one of 64 film festivals in the world (27 festivals in the USA) that is Oscar® qualifying for short films. Following the festival, BendFilm will submit the winning shorts in the following categories to be considered for Oscar® nominations: Best Narrative Short, Best Animated Short, and Best Indigenous Short. Continue reading... “BendFilm Announces Short Films Curated for 18th Annual BendFilm Festival”
“The Last Blockbuster” (2020) a feature-length documentary about “the rise and fall of Blockbuster video and how one small town store managed to outlast a corporate giant” is making its World Premiere screening at a BendFilm popup drive-in theatre (in Bend). The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, Zeke Kamm and Taylor Morden. Additionally, you are being invited to bring your old DVDs and VHS tapes to the screening to donate to the cause of keeping “the world’s last Blockbuster afloat“. Continue reading... ““The Last Blockbuster” – World Premiere Screening In Bend At Pop-Up Drive In!”