On Tuesday, the Bentonville Film Foundation announced the dates for the 2022 Bentonville Film Festival, which will take place both virtually and in person. The in-person event will be June 22 to June 26, while the virtual portion will extend through July 3. The Bentonville Film Festival is presented in collaboration with Founding Sponsor, Walmart, and Presenting Sponsor, Coca-Cola. The Festival is now accepting film submissions for consideration for the 2022 program.
“We’re excited for the opportunity to look ahead at what’s in store for the Bentonville Film Festival. Returning for the eighth year with a hybrid program, the festival continues to grow and develop its footprint in the community,” says Geena Davis, Bentonville Film Festival Chair and Academy Award-winning actor.
Within the last year, the festival has expanded its audience, growing its global viewership by 80 percent.
“This increased engagement is a positive indicator of the changing landscape for filmmakers, and demonstrates just how imperative it is to support these artists,” says Wendy Guerrero, President of Bentonville Film Festival and Foundation. “We’re thrilled to return next June and continue working to impact the local creative community in Arkansas, all the way through to the Hollywood filmmaking pipeline.”
The festival is an annual event and globally recognized platform amplifying female, non-binary, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, API and people with disabilities’ voices in entertainment. The week-long festival is known for its dedication to championing marginalized and underrepresented voices in film.
The 2021 program featured 71 percent films directed by women, 75 percent by people that are BIPOC or AAPI, and 33 percent by people of the LGBTQIA+ community. Seventy percent of these films are written by women, 70 percent by people that are BIPOC or AAPI, 32 percent by people of the LGBTQIA+ community and 87 percent feature a female lead, 81 percent a BIPOC or AAPI lead, and 30 percent an LGBTQIA+ lead. Ninety-six percent of these films have a cast and crew that was made up of more than half of people from these same communities.
Bentonville Film Festival submissions can be submitted here.