Bentonville Film Festival carries on with ‘hybrid’ event in August

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Organizers of the annual Bentonville Film Festival announced Thursday (July 9) details of a planned hybrid event scheduled Aug. 10-16.

This year’s festival will offer virtual presentations and world premieres of films, panels and special events, alongside select drive-in screenings and additional on-the-ground events throughout Northwest Arkansas.

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the traditional in-person film festival normally held in late April/early May. Organizers originally postponed the event in March.

Programming details, including official film selections, events, presentations, participating jurors, panelists and more will be announced later. Ticket sales will go live on July 20. More information on this year’s event can be found here.

The Bentonville Film Festival is an event that champions inclusion in all forms of media. Academy Award winner Geena Davis spearheaded the launch of the first festival in 2015.

The year-long platform culminates with the festival, in partnership with founding sponsor Walmart and presenting sponsor Coca-Cola. The annual event draws an attendance of more than 80,000 with an economic impact of $8 million for the region.