GEENA DAVIS’ BENTONVILLE FILM FESTIVAL HITS #1 Fest on IMDb (No guest; informational only)



Bentonville Film Festival, Co-Founded by Academy Award Winner Geena Davis, along with Founding Sponsor Walmart and Presenting Sponsor Coca-Cola, has skyrocketed up to become the most searched film festivals on IMDb, the world’s largest online film database site.

This year the event, running May 3-7, 2017, is focusing on raising awareness and inspiring actionable solutions in the quest for Diversity and Inclusion in media worldwide, particularly films by female directors and producers.

One of the feature film finalists is “Unbridled,” produced by Christy McGlothlin and written by Bonné Bartron, based on real life stories of troubled teen girls who learn to trust again by forming relationships with rescued horses, starring Tea McKay, Eric Roberts and TC Stallings.

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Movie trailer for Unbridled:

Panels include “Stories Matter” with actor William H. Macy, and “Geena and Friends” featuring actors including Meg Ryan doing live script-reading of iconic scenes from popular films with one catch: all major roles are gender-swapped to prove to the audience, in a fun way, that women characters can do anything male characters can do!

Free outdoor screenings of family films will play all week long on a giant LED screen located at A League of Their Own Ballpark – Presented by Sony Pictures and Orville Redenbacher’s.

One of the showcase films is the much-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy 2, directed and written by James Gunn, starring Chris Platt, Zoe Sldana, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

About Bentonville Film Festival: Co-founded in 2015 by Academy Award Winner® Geena Davis, founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Trevor Drinkwater, President and CEO of ARC Entertainment, the Bentonville Film Festival is a commercially focused, research based platform with a mission to champion women and diverse voices in media and proactively supports content creation that inspires young minds to do great things. BFF is the only film competition in the world to award guaranteed theatrical, international, digital, retail home entertainment distribution for its winners in partnership with AMC, Walmart and AMC (American International Cinema). The festival takes place during the first week of May in Bentonville, Ark.

About BFF Foundation: Bentonville Film Festival Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on promoting women and diverse voices in the entertainment industry through research, education, mentoring and industry partnerships. The primary partner of the Foundation is the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. To learn how you can support the BFF Foundation go to our website or contact Grace Chong at

About Geena Davis and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media: Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks. In 1989, Davis received the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress in “The Accidental Tourist” and earned the 2006 Golden Globe Award® for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, breaking ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show “Commander in Chief.”

Davis is recognized for her tireless efforts on behalf of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the Founder and Chair of the nonprofit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount St. Mary’s College, the only research-based organization working with media and entertainment companies to engage, educate and influence the need for gender balance by reducing stereotyping and creating a diverse and inclusive range of female characters for entertainment targeting children 11 and under.




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