The North Bend Film Festival announced this week that they’ll be returning for a third annual celebration of boundary-pushing film, VR and immersive experiences in 2020.
The first four-day festival was well-received with its first edition in 2018, and returned with more visiting filmmakers and live events this past August. The next edition will take place on August 6-9, 2020.
The festival’s focus is on highlighting unreleased premiere features and shorts on the film festival circuit that are pushing the limits of the filmmaking craft.
“The festival’s programmatic strength is that we choose films which seek to challenge, innovate and imagine new filmmaking possibilities.” says Joseph Hernandez, NBFF’s Senior Film Programmer. “This distinctive programming mix combined with the iconic town of North Bend is what gives our festival its unique identity.”
The film festival also enlisted local businesses as flagship venues such as The North Bend Theatre, the new Volition Brewing tasting room and Valley Center Stage, attracting filmmakers, artists, press and the local community to be a part of the four day independent film celebration. 2019 also introduced new Live Events such as “Strange Storytelling Hour” featuring local, Seattle-based, and visiting filmmakers to share bizarre tales.
“As we move into 2020, we hope to build off the momentum we’ve created over the past few years and further define our mission as being an event that the local community is proud to host,” said Jess Byers, one of the festival’s founders.
Early-Bird passes are now available for the 2020 edition, with a Black Friday special launching this Friday, November 29-Sunday, December 1, and a following Cyber Week discount running through next week. For local filmmakers, the festival offers a “PNW” category on their submissions portal, allowing for discounted rates to support local artists.
For more information on 2020 Passes and Submissions, visit the official website.