The BendFilm Festival has announced its 2013 call for entries and unveiled a series of local events in the months leading up to this year’s 10th annual festival, which takes place October 10-13, 2013.
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“We’re looking forward to continuing our tradition of excellence for 2013,” said Festival Director Orit Schwartz. “We’ve been able to build a strong following among both our contributors, sponsors and most of all, our audience and are planning the best BendFilm ever for our 10th Annual year.”
Romy Mortensen, VP Sales and Marketing of BendFilm’s founding sponsor, Brooks Resources Corporation, said, “Brooks Resources is very proud to be celebrating BendFilm's 10th annual festival with them. Hard to believe that 10 years ago we all took a leap of faith in a creative, new arts and culture idea that has grown to be one of Bend's best attractions, if not amenities.”
“Indeed, it’s thanks in great part to our many sponsors, starting with Brooks Resources, who have helped BendFilm become a festival that has generated excitement in our area and garnered the respect of the festival community,” added Schwartz. “With gratitude and thanks, we honor them.”
The 2013 BendFilm Festival will once again offer the Brooks Resources $5,000 cash prize for Best of Show (past winners include "True Adolescents," "This Way of Life") and for the 2nd straight year, the Best Narrative Feature jury award carries a $60,000 camera rental package from Panavision.
Past jurors have included: Two-time Oscar® nominee, writer/director Gus Van Sant; two-time Oscar® nominee, animator Bill Plympton; filmmaker Ondi Timoner; Christian Gaines, Festival Specialist at IMDb.com; Dana Harris, editor in chief and general manager of IndieWIRE.com; Jon Korn, Sundance shorts programmer; and Steve Wilson, VP of leading film public relations agency B|W|R.
Schwartz also announced a series of local events to whet the public’s appetite for BendFilm and sustain it throughout the year. Current BendFilm “Countdown to the 10th Annual Festival” events include:
February 7 – IT’S A DISASTER—Screening of Todd Berger’s apocalyptic comedy starring Julia Stile, America Ferrara, David Cross, Erinn Haynes, Rachel Boston and Berger. This hilarious comedy won the 2012 BendFilm Best Screenplay Award.
March 14 – WONDER WOMEN: The Untold History of American Superheroines—This film will be presented by Independent WOMEN for Independent Film. Come early to enjoy a cocktail and sign up as an Indie WOMEN member!
May 31 – BendFilm Bash—Held this year at the COCC Culinary Institute, this annual fundraiser has become the must-attend event of the spring with all proceeds going to support the festival.
Tickets for the Festival, all events and screenings are available for purchase from www.bendfilm.org.