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Geena Davis to Spearhead a Women and Diversity Film Festival This May

Geena Davis to Spearhead a Women and Diversity Film Festival This May

by Danica Lo

In May, actress Geena Davis will inaugurate the Bentonville Film Festival in Arkansas—a five-day event featuring a star-studded advisory board including Angela Bassett, Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore, Paula Patton, Natalie Portman, Nina Tassler, and Shailene Woodley. Better yet? The festival is dedicated to celebrating women and diversity in film.

The Bentonville Film Festival is a one-of-a-kind event—not only will it showcase the work of women and minorities in the industry, but it's also the only film competition in the world that will offer guaranteed distribution for festival winners.

"I have been an advocate for women for most of my adult life," Davis said. "The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is dedicated to improving the representation in gender and diversity of talent, filmmakers, and business leaders by growing awareness through research, education, and advocacy."

To that end, the festival, which is being underwritten by ARC Entertainment, Walmart, Coca-Cola, and AMC Theatres, will award distribution agreements to the Audience, Jury Selection, and Best Family Film award winner—one which comes with "guaranteed traditional theatrical release on a minimum of 25 screens from AMC Theatres."

How exciting that women and minority filmmakers will have a dedicated festival and exposure on a national level. If you're an aspiring filmmaker, check out bentonvillefilmfestival.com for information on how to submit your work before the deadline in March.

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