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Bentonville Film Festival Announces Theatrical Release Dates for Winners, Along With First Symposium Tour

Bentonville Film Festival Announces Theatrical Release Dates for Winners, Along With First Symposium Tour

READ MORE: Diversity-Focused Bentonville Film Festival Officially Announces Dates for Second Annual Fest

The diversity-focused Bentonville Film Festival has announced official release dates and locations for three winners of its first-ever outing — “In My Father’s House,” “Thao’s Library” and “Jack of the Red Hearts” — as part of the fledgling festival’s unique awards package. In its first year, the BFF guaranteed distribution deals for each of its three winners through ARC Entertainment and AMC Theatres’ AMC Independent locations.

In addition to securing theatrical releases for the three feature films, the BFF Foundation, which provides educational resources for aspiring artists who align with the festival’s mission of championing women and diversity in media, will be taking these filmmakers and talent on a national Symposium Tour to promote the winning films. 

“AMC’s
partnership with the Bentonville Film Festival is a perfect complement to our
AMC Independent programming initiative, which delivers unique stories and
voices that represent and resonate with our diverse guest base around the
country,” said Nikkole Denson-Randolph, vice president of Alternative &
Special Content for AMC. “We’re excited and proud to deliver these powerful
stories to our guests and to provide a platform for women and minority filmmakers.”

The Symposium tour will kick-off on October 9 with Documentary winner “In My Father’s House,” which will be released through AMC locations in 20 markets across the country. BFF will hold panel discussions in Atlanta and NYC with Emmy nominated directors Ricki Stern
and Annie Sundberg, as well as Grammy and Academy Award winning writer and
artist Che “Rhymefest’ Smith, the subject of the film.

BFF Audience Award Winner “Thao’s Library” will be released on October 16 at AMC
locations in 20 markets. Panel discussions will be held in San Diego, Los
Angeles and San Francisco with filmmaker Elizabeth Van Meter.

The Jury Award Winner for Best Narrative, “Jack of the Red Hearts,” will be released on December 4 at AMC locations in 25 markets. Panel discussions for the film will be held in New York City, Atlanta and
Los Angeles and include members from the film.

Check out all the symposium dates and locations below. All events are scheduled from 6pm until 9:30pm. 

“In My Father’s House”

October 12th
New York: AMC EMPIRE 25

October 13th
Atlanta: AMC SOUTHLAKE 24

“Thao’s Library”

October 19th
San Diego: AMC FASHION VALLEY 18

October 20th
Los Angeles: AMC BURBANK 8

October 21st
San Francisco: AMC METREON 16

“Jack of the Red Hearts”

December 7th
New York: AMC EMPIRE 25

December 8th
Atlanta: AMC SUGARLOAF 18

December 9th
Los Angeles: AMC BURBANK 8

Film submissions
for next year’s Festival open on October 1; all films accepted into
competition will be announced in March 2016.

The second annual Bentonville Film Festival will run from May 3-8, 2016 in its hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas.

READ MORE: Here’s Why Geena Davis Started a Film Festival Focused Not on Women, But Diversity

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