In the Spotlight today is the 5th Bentonville Film Festival(BFF). Co-founded by Academy Award® winner Geena Davis and Inclusion Companies CEO Trevor Drinkwater, BFF is a one of a kind annual event that champions inclusion in all forms of media. With an emphasis on women’s empowerment, inclusion and social responsibility, BFF strives to showcase media that features a balanced representation of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability and age – both in front of and behind the camera – that accurately depicts the world around us.

With support from founding sponsor Walmart and presenting sponsor Coca-Cola, as well as prize sponsors AMC Theatres, Lifetime, Starz and American Cinema International, BFF guarantees theatrical, television, digital and retail home entertainment distribution to a select winner. In addition to the distribution prize, BFF offers filmmakers unparalleled access to industry influencers and corporate executives who are all vested in creating inclusive content. Recent filmmaker success stories from the 2018 Festival are Ramaa Mosely, accepted into NBC’s Female Forward Program, a new initiative which will provide female directors a pipeline into scripted television; and Skye Borgman’s filmAbducted in Plain Sightwas picked up by Netflix.

Varietyreports, “BFF continues to distinguish itself as a fest not only invested in promoting the ideals of gender equality & cultural diversity, but also as a launching pad for burgeoning artists to distribute their big- and small-screen projects.” Past guests have included Meg Ryan, William H. Macy, Judy Greer, Patty Jenkins, Terry Crews, Marilu Henner, Jane Seymour, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Stephanie Beatriz, Aisha Tyler, Nely Galan, and Jewel.

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BFF is a year-long initiative which champions inclusion in all aspects of entertainment media. BFF’s primary objective is to influence mainstream media to immediately increase diversity in the content that is produced and distributed because if they can see it they can be it.

Bentonville, Arkansas is located in Northwest Arkansas which is experiencing explosive growth in support of art, culture and education, and is home to the world-renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of Art. It is a region where modern progress meets a rich history, where the arts meet innovation, and where companies meet communities. Come explore all it has to offer from fresh air in the lakes of the Ozarks, enjoy an exhilarating ride on the American Trail or innovative cuisine from the many new restaurants. Northwest Arkansas is a region to visit, to see, to breathe, and to discover.

Films with diverse productions are now being considered. Qualify your feature, short, or episodic content today!