We are people who believe that art is best channeled through creative genius; not commercial interests. We also believe that film festivals are best experienced in a relaxed atmosphere where the next venue is a block from the last and the words “velvet rope” apply to fashion choices; not exclusive access ordeals.
Our contribution is to provide brave and talented independent filmmakers exposure, opportunity and, well, CASH. The creation of film without the burden of box office concerns is a luxury BendFilm cultivates for filmmakers. One of our favorite pursuits toward that end is creating new ways to add cash to the BendFilm awards. For those who demonstrate mastery in the craft of film making, BendFilm salutes them and then provides capital that will help them to continue their work.
Additional motivators include the cultural betterment and economic stimulation of our home: Central Oregon. There is no better proof that our efforts are appreciated than to stand on Wall Street during the festival and watch the enthused expressions on fellow Bendite’s and out-of-town faces. It’s a rush that keeps us on task during the less fun times of creating this event.
Finally, we are a group who believe that by supporting film education, we are cultivating generations who will understand the value of independent art from an early age. Arts education programs are drying up in Oregon schools. We see access to arts education for all as a vital component for a well-rounded mind and population.
As you’ve read this far, you are probably of like mind. We are thrilled by the outpouring of positive commentary we receive. Thank you for your interest and whatever support you provide to independent film.