Bentonville Film Festival announced the jury prize winners for their 8th annual Festival with Alika Tengan’s Every Day in Kaimuki awarded Best Narrative Feature and Gretchen Stoeltje’s Shouting Down Midnight took home the jury award for Best Documentary Feature. Other awards went to Georgia, by Jayil Pak for Best Short Film and Chiqui, by Carlos Cardona, won for Best Episodic.
Special honors presented at the festival included Fin Argus with the Rising Star Award for their truly outstanding talent that has captured the attention of both the public, entertainment and media industry, and Effie Brown with the Rising to the Challenge Award honoring her success supporting indie film projects, both on and off screen.
In the BFF 2022 juried competition program, 82% is from content creators who identify as female or gender non-confirming; 65% who identify as BIPOC, Asian, or Pacific Islander; 62% who identify as LGBTQIA+; 42% who are over 50; and 20% who identify as a person with disability. In addition for the 2022 program, onscreen leads are 90% women/gender non conforming, 60% BIPOC, 25% LGBTQ+ and 12% representing talent with disabilities.
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