Something strange is coming to North Bend.

A brand new genre festival is coming to the scenic town of North Bend, Washington. Best known as the original shooting location for cult-hit and recently re-birthed TWIN PEAKS, North Bend will be home to the North Bend Film Festival from August 23rd to the 26th. Using the town’s mysterious energy that so notoriously inspired David Lynch, the festival will set out to fill the void of alternative programming, providing a platform for emerging filmmakers. Working directly with the town of North Bend, North Bend Film Festival will be an event not to be missed!

 

“We are very excited to be able to offer a platform for films that are navigating the genre and traditional film festival circuit, but do not adequately reflect either set of values” says Hugues Barbier, one of the festival’s founders, speaking from years of involvement in the genre scene internationally and in North America. He continued:

We’re seeing a growing number of filmmakers gravitating towards a space that North American’s call vanguard, but which stems from European surrealism or South American magic realism. These are the type of films we’re seeking for NBFF, and the town of North Bend, WA is the perfect location to harness that magic and share the cinematic experience with an audience.

 

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The festival will be housed in North Bend Theatre, the town’s beautiful art-deco cinema built in 1941. Additional events will spread out to historic locations and outdoor spaces within the area. The first edition of the North Bend Film Festival will feature special screenings, filmmaker talks, a VR component, and additional interactive events. North Bend Film Festival will also offer a filmmaker development program in addition to working with our advisory board to bring forward an additional program that highlights female talent.

The festival is founded by Justin Timms and Jess Byers, who in 2016 launched the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival. With Hugues Barbier, Founder and Creative Director of the Ithaca Fantastik and Acquisitions & Festival Manager for Raven Banner.

An impressive advisory board has been put together ahead of the inaugural year. Including; Todd Brown (XYZ Films), Barbara Crampton (Actress, RE-ANIMATOR, YOU’RE NEXT), Katie Kelly (Head of Marketing, Altspace VR), Bre Keveren (Special Events, City of North Bend), Tori Palmatier (Creative Producer, Ridley Scott & Associates), Ina Pira (Curator, Vimeo), Annick Mahnert (Screen Division), Charlie Sextro (Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival), Travis Stevens (Snowfort Pictures), Mara Webster (Panels Programming Director, Tribeca Film Festival), and Jenn Wexler (Director & Producer, Glass Eye Pix).

Film Submissions are now open for the first edition of the North Bend Film Festival. More information on the festival can be found on their website.