The 2022 Bentonville Film Festival is still underway virtually until July 3rd, but the in-person festival wrapped up this past weekend with an awards ceremony at Bentonville’s Meteor Guitar Gallery. Find the full list of categories and winners below.
One of the defining features of the Bentonville Film Festival is their commitment to diversity and inclusion. This year, among the competition films, 82% came from female or gender non-confirming creators; 65% from BIPOC, Asian, or Pacific Islander creators; 62% from members of the LGBTQIA+ community; 42% from filmmakers over the age of 50; and 20% from filmmakers with disabilities. The 2022 films also feature lead characters who are 90% women/gender non-conforming, 60% BIPOC, 25% LGBTQ+ and 12% with disabilities.
In addition to the winning films listed below, actor Fin Argus was presented with The Rising Star Award and Producer Effie Brown was presented with the Rising To The Challenge Award.
Congratulations to these films and filmmakers! Arthouse Garage was on-site covering the event– be sure to check out our Instagram for event photos, film reactions, and more. Many of the films are still available to watch virtually until July 3rd at watch.bentonvillefilm.org (tickets and passes available here).
The full list of 2022 Bentonville Film Festival award winners and honorees are below:
Jury Award Winners:
- Narrative Film Award: Every Day In Kaimuki, Director: Alika Tengan
- Documentary Film Award: Shouting Down Midnight Director: Gretchen Stoeltje
- Short Film Narrative Award: Georgia, Director: Jayil Pak
- Episodic Award: Chiqui, Director: Carlos Cardona
Special Recognition Awards:
- Honorary Mention, Narrative Feature: Land of Gold, Director: Nardeep Khurmi
- Honorary Mention, Documentary Feature: Pasang: In the Shadow of Everest Director: Nancy Svendsen
- Honorary Mention, Short Film: The Bond, Director: Jahmil Eady
- Honorary Mention, Episodic: Cora and Sam Hate The Dentist, Directors: Jade Kaiser, Eilise Guilfoyle
For more information visit the Bentonville Film Festival Foundation
See more red carpet and event photos below