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Juan Pablo Raba was a presenter at 2017 Bentonville Film Festival May 9, 2017

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2017 Bentonville Film Festival Winners

(BENTONVILLE, Ark.) — May 6, 2017 – The third annual Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) which champions women and diverse voices in media, announced the winners of its film competition Saturday, May 6 at their awards ceremony hosted by Terry Crews, star of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”. BFF is the only festival to offer guaranteed distribution to the winning festival films in three categories: Best Narrative, Best Family Film and Audience Award winners.

Hosted in charming Bentonville, Arkansas, 2017’s festival attracted a record-breaking number of attendees committed to ensuring development and promotion of media that represents the world we live in – 51% women and highly diverse. Festival attendees interacted with filmmakers, actors and key industry leaders including Meg Ryan, William H. Macy, Judy Greer, Rachel Winter, Marilu Henner, JaneSeymour, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero, Amy Jo Johnson, Aisha Tyler, Nely Galan, Olivia Washington, Joey Travolta (Inclusion Films), Patty Jenkins (Director, Wonder Woman), Stephen Quinn (Chairman, AFE), Gil Robertson (AAFCA), Chevonne O’Shaughnessy (ACI), Karen Bailey (SVP Original Programming, Starz), and representatives from Walmart, Coca- Cola, MARS, AMC Theaters, Starz and Lifetime delivered insights to develop actionable plans to accelerate the depiction of diversity in all forms of media.

“I am beyond excited at the support of my colleagues in the industry, from returning talent like Meg (Ryan) to our first time ‘BFFs’ like Judy Greer and William H. Macy who have embraced the mission of the festival,” said Geena Davis, Academy Award Winning actor and Co-Founder of the Bentonville Film Festival. “The films at BFF have inspired and provoked change that we hope will continue for years to come.”

The awards ceremony also featured performances by Siedah Garrett (original songwriter of “Man in the Mirror”), STEP team from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, Cowboy Troy, and Grammy Award-Winning musician Jewel. Presenters included Meg Ryan, Aisha Tyler, DJ Henri, Juan Pablo Raba, Mo McRae, Snapchat guru CyreneQ, Brooklyn 99’s Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz, and Festival Co-Founder Trevor Drinkwater.

The Bentonville Film Festival, presented by founding sponsor Walmart and presenting sponsor Coca-Cola, featured 70 competition films (more than double last year) with 33 competition features, 14 spotlights, 19 shorts and 4 episodic. Qualifying films for BFF meet two or more diversity requirements in the areas of director, producer, writer, lead character or cast/crew/extras. The Bentonville Film Festival is able to help almost 90 percent of its competition films obtain distribution.

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Lineup released for third annual Bentonville Film Festival: Nacido de Nuevo April 5, 2017

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4 de Abril 2017

For the third straight year, a sleepy little town just a few miles north of Fayetteville will be home to a major film festival in the springtime.

Of course, we’re talking about the Bentonville Film Festival, the Walmart-sponsored event founded by actor Geena Davisin 2015 with the intention to help champion women and diversity in film.

Organizers recently released the lineup for the upcoming 2017 festival, one they expect to be biggest and best yet.

“Building on the success of each passing year, we are excited to see our community is experiencing rapid expansion,” said festival president of prgramming Wendy Guerrero. “We received a staggering 247 percent increase in submissions.”

This year’s event will include more 45 feature length titles, including 19 narratives, 14 documentaries, 18 shore films, and more.

Selections for this year’s lineup come from the U.S. and countries around the world, including Canada, France, Nicaragua, Brazil, the UK, India, Austria, the Philippines, and Iran.

The festival will open on May 2 with the transgender drama 3 Generations, starring Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, and Susan Sarandon. The film, directed by Gaby Dellal, tells the story of a family dealing with a life-changing transformation that ultimately affects them all.

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