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  • Tiffany Rigby

Bentonville Film Festival will be held virtually, as well as in person Aug 2-8

Bentonville Film Festival will be held Aug 2-8, 2021 in Bentonville, Arkansas. The film festival is

an annual event that highlights inclusion in all forms of media.

The film festival is a six day event filled with jam pack events. You will be able to enjoy some of the festival events from the comfort of your own home and some of the events on-site at the festival.

"We are proud to offer audiences an inspirational line up celebrating diversity and inclusion on

screen and behind the camera, to demonstrate the power of intersectional equity in

entertainment media. Through our unique inclusion qualifiers, we are giving voice to directors

who are 71% Female, 75% BIPOC or AAPI and 33% LGBTQIA+,” Davis said. “We were excited

last year to see our audience grow globally as a result of our virtual component. Come to our

Festival this year, in person or virtually, and be transported into stories that can change the


This year’s festival will feature a 30-year anniversary screening of “Thelma and Louise” at the

112 Drive-In in Fayetteville, Ark. on Aug. 3. It will include a conversation with Geena Davis and

the film’s Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Callie Khouri.

Each year, the Bentonville Film Festival amplifies female, non-binary, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC and

people with disabilities voices in entertainment. It is presented by the Bentonville Film

Foundation in partnership with Walmart and Coca-Cola, with programming director Ashley

Edwards and film curator Drea Clark leading program selections for this year’s competition


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