18th Annual BendFilm Festival

Expand your cinematic capacity over the course of 10 days.

This year, the BendFilm Festival celebrates independent films and the risky, passionate, rugged and brilliant people who make them over 10 days, from Oct. 7 to Oct. 17. Gather to behold the work of the talented independent filmmakers, connect with future collaborators and explore all that BendFilm has to offer virtually and in beautiful Bend, Oregon.

The 2021 festival will be hosted in a number of local venues including a historic downtown theatre, a state-of-the-art cinema, inside a craft brewery, a chic performance venue, and BendFilm’s very own year-round cinema, the Tin Pan Theater! Viewing options include the traditional theater experience, drive-ins and virtual screenings, along with filmmaker discussions and masterclasses mixed in for good measure.  Categories range from full-length documentaries to animated short films, leaving lots of opportunity to test your cinematic threshold. Additionally, BendFilm is set to award $12,000 in cash prizes this fall, including a $5,000 cash “Best of Show!” award.

Can’t make it to the film festival this year? No problem. BendFilm hosts a series of cinematic events year-round. Check out a flick at the Tin Pan Theater or screen an indie flick online through their “Film Pharmacy” offerings.