The Bentonville Film Festival truly has something for everyone – with over 100 films, music events and free activities for people of all ages. Co-founded by Academy Award winning actor Geena Davis with founding sponsor and presenting sponsor Coca-Cola, BFF champions inclusion in all forms of media and takes place May 1-6 around downtown Bentonville.
Details, schedules and tickets can be found at bentonvillefilmfestival.com.
BFF will present ten World Premiere films from women and diverse filmmakers, which means Northwest Arkansas gets to see them before any other audience in the world. The festival also features Showcase Films including the Sundance Film Festival hits Blindspotting, Puzzle, The Tale and Hearts Beat Loud; more than 15 free Marvel films at the Skylight Cinema; free outdoor family films; and partner screenings with organizations including Easterseals Disability Film Challenge and Project Zero.
The festival includes nightly performances at the Coca-Cola Sound Stage at the Meteor, from up and coming diverse musical acts including Lauren Alaina, Alex Aiono, Run River North and a free finale concert by rock and roll legends Los Lobos, on Sunday, May 6th. A signature of BFF is its Discussion Event series, which features wisdom from influencers and changemakers, who are all striving to see inclusion in media become the norm. Highlights this year include Women In Film, The Future of Kids in Media, Workforce of the Future and NextGen – with panelists Jasmin Savoy Brown (The Leftovers), Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (Unreal) and Justin Prentice (13 Reasons Why.)
Last but not least, BFF provides outdoor fun for the entire family, with activities and giveaways from BFF’s partners and sponsors, all week long, including STEAM activities, free movies on at the Sony & Orville Redenbacher Outdoor Theatre (at Lawrence Plaza), the 6th annual Peekaboo Magazine Kids Fest Street Faire, a Cinco de Mayo Celebration, pet adoptions sponsored by Mars Petcare, and BFF’s first bicycle trail ride along the beautiful Razorback Regional Greenway Trail.