Second Bentonville Film Festival Sees Huge Increase In Attendance

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BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — The second Bentonville Film Festival saw a major jump in attendance, drawing more than 63,000 people to attend the festival in downtown Bentonville the first week of May.

Overall, the festival had a 70 percent increase in festival attendees, according to a festival press release. The films and panel discussions had an 89 percent attendance rate, compared to just 15 percent for the first year of the festival.

The festival offered 11 panel discussions, 34 competition films, 16 showcase films and an additional short film competition from May 3-8. The second BFF festival was extended an extra day, going through Sunday, May 8, which provided more opportunities for families to attend the festival.

“We are so thrilled to see an increased interest in the festival this year from both a filmmaker and attendee perspective,” said Geena Davis.  “We look forward to seeing the Festival grow as we continue with our mission of championing voices of women and diversity in all forms of media.”



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