FUTURE FILMMAKERS: If you are interested in participating in the next BendFilm Future Filmmakers, please review the Submission Requirements below and then fill out the form below to express your intention to submit.

Details & Submission Requirements:

  1. Students in the 5th through 12th grades are encouraged to enter a short film they write, shoot, direct and edit to this year’s event.
  2. There will be a selections team to determine what films make it into this year’s program during the BendFilm festival. A five-member jury will select a $100 winner from the Central Oregon submissions and the audience will also vote for a separate $100 winner.
  3. All submissions will receive written feedback by film and video professionals to provide critical feedback of their work to help mentor them in their craft.
  4. No processing fee is required to enter and donations and BendFilm memberships are always greatly appreciated.
  5. Film Requirements
    • Films are due September 1, 2024. *Deadline extensions may be requested and granted on a case-by-case basis.
    • All videos must run between 1 and 5 minutes. The shorter the better.
    • All music used must be original, officially licensed, or in the public domain.
    • BendFilm will set the final program according to screeners’ official evaluation and not every film submitted may screen.
    • Students in the Bend-LaPine, Redmond and Jefferson County school districts have programming priority.
    • The screening audience will include very young children. Films with violence or harsh language will most likely not screen.

*Filmmakers are responsible for providing a high-resolution file for their screening.

Complete the form below to express your intention to submit

    Personal Information

    Submission Information

    School Information (If submission is part of a class assignment)

    Agreement: I (We) hereby confirm that the material sent in connection with the BendFilm: Future Filmmakers Festival is my (our) original work (all developed, shot and edited by students) or contains material that is in the public domain. All producers have been listed in this entry form.. I (We) grant BendFilm permission to broadcast the work, use my name and image, and to license, distribute, duplicate, archive or otherwise promote my work (as a produced film) for educational and/or non-commercial purposes as BendFilm shall deem appropriate.

    E-mail any further questions to: Director of Education, Clay Pruitt futurefilmmakers@bendfilm.org and Cc. Executive Director Giancarlo Gatto, giancarlo.gatto@bendfilm.org.