October 7th to 10th, 2024


BendFilm: Basecamp is a 3-day immersive, all-inclusive retreat for 40 filmmakers that precedes the annual Bend Film Festival – a place where filmmakers gather to equip themselves with knowledge and skills before embarking on the challenging and rewarding process of creating films. It provides a foundational and preparatory experience, setting the stage for innovation and exploration in the art of filmmaking. It’s a one of a kind opportunity for next generation filmmakers to connect with industry professionals, workshop pitches with other filmmakers, and receive hands-on training and mentorship to advance their careers in today’s film industry.

This inaugural event will take place from October 7th to 10th at the stunning Caldera Arts facility. It is made possible, in part, by the generosity of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust

To date, BendFilm: Basecamp industry mentors include indie film producing mogul Christine Vachon of Killer Films and emerging filmmaker Aaron Schimberg.  More mentors to be announced soon.

Format & Tuition

The inaugural 2024 BendFilm: Basecamp will be held at the Caldera Arts facility, 38 miles NW of Bend, OR. Any early-to-mid stage career screenwriters, directors, and producers are encouraged to apply. The retreat will include panel discussions, workshops, screenings, a pitch competition with a $5000 prize, and more. The tuition is $1500 and covers lodging, meals, ground transportation while in Bend, and program costs. A limited number of scholarships are available and can be applied for at the end of the general application. More information can be found in the FAQ section below.

The application deadline is July 21, 2024, by 11:59PM PT


Tuition covers lodging, meals, and on-site costs. It does not cover airfare to the event.

To date, here are the confirmed industry mentors:

  • Christine Vachon (Killer Films) – Vachon produced Todd Haynes’ first feature, Poison (1991), which was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Since then, she has gone on to produce many acclaimed independent films, including Far from Heaven (nominated for four Academy Awards), Boys Don’t Cry (Academy Award winner), One Hour Photo, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Velvet Goldmine, Safe, Go Fish, Swoon, I’m Not There, and Carol. She also produced the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce.  Last year, she saw great success with May December and Past Lives.
  • Aaron Schimberg – Schimberg’s debut feature, Go Down Death, was the closing film of the 2013 Fantasia Film Festival. His next film, Chained for Life, premiered at the 2018 BAMcinemaFest and was released theatrically by Kino Lorber the following year. A Different Man, Schimberg’s third feature starring Sebastian Stan and distributed by A24, premiered at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival. He was named one of the top ten new directors to watch by Variety at that year’s Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Yes. BendFilm is committed to amplifying diverse, underrepresented, artistic voices and educating future storytellers. The organization will provide scholarships to eight filmmakers from marginalized communities to attend BendFilm: Basecamp.
Yes. Multiple people working on the same project are welcome to apply. Tuition is still required on a per person basis.

No. Those applicants who are invited to participate in the program should plan to be in the Bend area for the duration of the program. BendFilm is unable to subsidize any travel and/or visa expenses for any participants attending. Each participant is responsible for getting from their residence to Bend, OR or Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM), which is the closest airport. Ground transportation to and from RDM – or Bend for the Bend Film Festival – will be provided. Participants are expected to attend all sessions in person.

BendFilm Staff and a Selection Committee will review applications and make final selections.
If selected, attendees can choose to submit payment in full or in increments. Total tuition will be due by October 1, 2024.

You must be at least 18 years old to attend Basecamp.

There may be discounts available for the following: Commuting from home nearby, Sharing a room with a stranger, Sharing a room with co-applicant. This will depend on availability.

Caldera is in a remote location – about 20 minutes from the nearest town. While tuition does cover all meals, feel free to bring snacks, medications, etc. Pack as if you’re going on a camping trip, bring what you need! If an urgent need arises staff will work with you to get you what you need.

Basecamp facilities are equipped with wifi though service can be unpredictable in spots. Cell reception is very limited depending on your carrier. Attendees are encouraged to prepare for a true retreat experience with limited digital distraction.

BendFilm: Basecamp seeks visionary filmmakers and tenacious producers who breathe life into captivating narratives. Whether crafting fiction or nonfiction, their projects resonate with originality, compelling audiences to see the world through a lens of unique vision. Projects can be in any stage.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a pitch competition where they will pitch their project to a panel of judges. The winner will receive a $5000 grant.

Important Dates

Application opens:
June 4, 2024

Application deadline:
July 21, 2024, by 11:59PM PT.

Applicants notified:
August 9, 2024

The Program will run
from October 7 to 10, 2024


Interested in sponsoring Basecamp? Get in touch: basecamp@bendfilm.org

Caldera Arts Facility
Suttle Lake Lodge