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. The 2022 festival screened 126 narrative and documentary features and short films, with 47% of features and 33% of shorts directed by women. The Academy qualifying 20th annual BendFilm Festival is confirmed to take place October 12th-15th in-person, and virtually October 16th-22nd, 2023! The Festival will present in-person and virtual screenings with filmmaker discussions and masterclasses mixed in.
$12,500 in cash prizes including the $5,000 cash “Best of Show!”
2022 Jurors include Former Sundance Director, John Cooper, NEON Executive, Kim Kalyka, VP of Publicity at Magnolia Pictures, Danielle McCarty Boles, Senior Correspondent at VOX, Emily St. James, Literary Editor at RogerEbert.com, Matt Fagerholm, Producer, Liz Cardenas, Distributor and Manager at Redbull Media House, Brett Campbell, actor, Tallie Medel, and many more! Check out the caliber of the 2022 Bend Film Festival Jury here.