Newswire: Geena Davis launches a film festival focusing on women and minorities

It seems somebody didn’t get Russell Crowe’s memo that women face no barriers in Hollywood. Variety reports that Academy Award winner Geena Davis is launching the Bentonville Film Festival in order to showcase films made by women and people of color.

The festival’s intent is to “directly impact the quantity and quality of females and minorities on screen and behind the scenes,” Davis said in a press release. The actress, who founded the Geena Davis Institute On Gender In Media a decade ago, has long been an outspoken critic of sexism and racism in the entertainment industry. And the festival, scheduled to run from May 5-9 in Bentonville, Arkansas, is billing itself as the only film competition worldwide which will guarantee its Audience, Jury Selection, and Best Family Film winners distribution via theatrical, digital, TV, and retail releases.

Festival submissions must meet two of seven possible qualifications …

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