Recipients of the festival’s qualifying awards will be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film / Live Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.
BendFilm celebrates independent films and the risky, passionate, tough and talented people who make them. At the 2023 festival 22 feature films vied for prizes across six main competition categories, curated by programmers from a record-high 2,830 submissions, originating from over 50 countries. The Academy qualifying 21st annual Bend Film Festival is confirmed to take place October 10th-13th in-person! The Festival will present in-person and virtual screenings with filmmaker discussions and masterclasses mixed in.
Over $13,000 in cash prizes!
2023 Jurors included 21 jurors, across ten categories, included film festival industry professionals and filmmakers alongside journalists, talent representatives and distribution executives. Many jurors also appeared on offscreen panels throughout the four-day Festival. Check out the caliber of the 2023 Bend Film Festival Jury here.