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Posted: April 30, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Elisha Alas, office manager, helps set up a marquee Friday for the Bentonville Film Festival at Elkins Design in downtown Bentonville. The festival begins Tuesday.

The Bentonville Film Festival answered a prayer for Jennifer Deaton, screenwriter and co-producer of the movie Jack of the Red Hearts.

Elisha Alas (left), office manager, and Rebecca Elkins, co-owner, set up a marquee Friday for the Bentonville Film Festival at Elkins Design in downto...

Festival Information

The third Bentonville Film Festival will be Tuesday through Sunday. Nearly 80 films will be shown. Download the festival app for up-to-date information about the schedule, tickets, film summaries, venues and more, or visit online at www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com.

Source: Staff report

Past Winners

2015 Competition Winners

• Jury Award: Jack of the Red Hearts

Best Documentary: In My Father’s House

Best Family Feature: A Brilliant Young Mind

Highest Diversity: Meet the Patels

Best Ensemble: Big Stone Gap

Best Protagonist: Stephanie Linus in Dry

Audience Award: Thao’s Library

2016 Competition Winners

• Best of the Fest: No Greater Love

• Best Narrative: It Had to Be You

• Audience Award: Floyd Norman: An Animated Life

• Best Family Film: Lost & Found

• Best Documentary: A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers

• The Dernsie (feature film screenplay competition): Alice Coulthard - Josephine

• Best Ensemble: Fair Market Value

• Highest Diversity Score: Tested

Source: Staff report

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