The Bentonville Film Festival in Bentonville, Arkansas was held on May 5 to the 9th, and Edie Hand served as one of the jurors during the festival. Actor Geena Davis a co-founder of the festival was this years’ Chair Person.
Academy Award-winning Actor Geena Davis has been a life-long advocate for women and girls and serves as Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU); is an official partner of UN Women, and is the Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women. She is the Founder and Chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, whose mission is to dramatically improve the representation of female characters in media. The Institute is the only research-based non-profit working within the entertainment community to directly engage, educate and influence content creators on the need for gender balance, reduction of stereotyping and creation of a wide diversity of female characters in entertainment targeting children 11 and under. The Institute is driving wide-scale change in how girls and women are portrayed. In a recent study of entertainment executives, 68% have utilized the Institute’s findings to change 2 or more projects and 41% changed 4 or more projects.
Visit the Festival website for more information http://bentonvillefilmfestival.com