A statewide competition gives student filmmakers exclusive views of the Bentonville Film Festival.
The Ozark Media Arts Festival is collaborating with BFF this year by documenting its events through pictures and video.
Thirty students from eight high schools and two colleges will be behind the cameras at BFF panels, screenings and blue carpet events.
Amanda Thattanakhan with Ozark Media said the student filmmakers had to go through a lengthy process to prove they have what it takes.
“Their passion, their readiness, their technical skills, of course,” Thattanakhan said. “But [also] their readiness to say… being a person of yes.”
“I’ve been involved in film for so many years and this is basically making me something bigger than myself and representing people that don’t usually get represented in the media,” said Brooklyn Edwards. Harrison High School filmmaker.
The student filmmakers will highlight BFF’s mission of inclusion and diversity in film, in particular for women and minorities.