Bentonville Film Festival Promotes Women, Diversity in Film Making

The Bentonville Film Festival kicks off today, starting a five-day stretch of impressive events focused on promoting women and diversity in film making.

The festival, sponsored by Walmart, Coca-Cola, Clorox, Campbell’s, Colgage, ConAgra Foods, Constellation Brands, Unilever, Kraft and many other companies with a significant presence in Northwest Arkansas, is drawing major national attention to fast-growing Northwest Arkansas.

The New York Times published a story today, focusing on Bentonville, Northwest Arkansas and what the first film festival means to the region.

A story over the weekend in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette included information about many of the film festival events. It mentioned that actors such as Natalie Portman, Bruce Dern and Samuel L. Jackson will be in town this week. The event was founded by actress Geena Davis and Trevor Drinkwater, the CEO of ARC Entertainment.

The film festival's website provides a full list of activities occurring in Northwest Arkansas this week.