BendBendFilm, OUT Central Oregon announce new festival focused on LGBTQ+, diversity

BendFilm, OUT Central Oregon announce new festival focused on LGBTQ+, diversity

BendFilm, OUT Central Oregon announce new festival focused on LGBTQ+, diversity

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BendFilm and OUT Central Oregon announced they are joining forces for the inaugural OUT IN FOCUS FilmFest, aimed at filmmakers and films focused on LGBTQ+ life experiences and diversity in the outdoors.

The new, annual film festival will make its debut on March 2-4, 2023. It will run concurrently with OUT Central Oregon’s annual Winter PrideFest.

BendFilm and Out Central Oregon say the festival “will present recently released leading edge films to provide a winter opportunity for the community to convene, view, and connect around important topics.”

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Some of the screenings will include panel discussions with filmmakers and actors. Films will be screened at the Tower Theatre and the Tin Pan Theater in downtown Bend.

“This is a perfect opportunity to better serve our community by celebrating life experiences that have been traditionally underrepresented. We hope many smaller towns follow,” said BendFilm Executive Director Todd Looby in a statement.

“There are very few LGBTQ+ festivals hosted in towns the size of Bend and with similar character to Bend. This Festival led by BendFilm marks a big step forward for an already remarkable organization,” said BendFilm Advisor and Director Emeritus, Sundance Festival and former OutFest Director/Board Member John Cooper.

OUT Central Oregon is a nonprofit focusing on promoting the LGBTQ+ community in the region and fostering community engagement.

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