Bentonville Film Festival moving to August due to concerns of coronavirus


BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — According to organizers with the Bentonville Film Festival, it will be moved from the end of April to the beginning of August, due to the coronavirus threat.

The festival will now begin on August 5. It’s the sixth year for it to be held in Bentonville.

Read the entire announcement below:

Out of an abundance of caution and public health concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), and to prioritize the safety of our artists, partners, creators, brands, and team, the Bentonville Film Festival has made the decision to move the festival’s 2020 dates from April 29-May 2 to August 5-8.

“This decision comes after careful consideration and consultation with our partners. Our number one concern is the safety of our content creators and our community of attendees. We are grateful for the support and recommendations we’ve received and look forward to welcoming everyone to the 6th edition of BFF this August.” Bentonville Film Festival, Co-Founder and Chair, Geena Davis said.

In addition, Kalene Griffith, President and CEO of Visit Bentonville, stated “The safety of our visitors is always a top priority, and we look forward to hosting everyone in our exciting city later this year for a memorable festival.”

The Bentonville Film Festival is a one of a kind event that champions inclusion in all forms of media. Co-founded by Academy Award® winner Geena Davis and Trevor Drinkwater, BFF is a year-long platform culminating with an annual festival in partnership with founding sponsor Walmart and presenting sponsor Coca-Cola.

Ticket packages for the 2020 Bentonville Film Festival can be purchased HERE. For more information visit the Bentonville Film Festival Foundation.

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One local business in the heart of where the festival is said it wouldn’t be surprised if it saw a lower turnout this year compared to others.

“There are people that come every year and they plan their whole vacation around the film festival and with it literally being a month, month and a half out, a lot of people are probably like ‘what am I going to do I can’t make the arrangements to re-adjust my schedule,'” said Crystal Davis, a sales consultant with Overstreet’s Jewelry.

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