Geena Davis to be honored during 10th annual Bentonville Film Festival in Arkansas

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The Bentonville Film Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary June 10-16 in Bentonville, Arkansas, by seeing its founder, Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis, honored with Variety’s Creative Impact in Leadership Award.

Variety’s Creative Impact Award is a career recognition highlighting executives and creatives who have made an impact within their industry and continue to elevate marginalized voices and demonstrate exceptional leadership skills and values, according to a news release.

Davis will receive the award Monday, June 10 at Blake Street House in Bentonville as part of the festival.

“We are thrilled to see our founder Geena Davis – the true heart of the Bentonville Film Festival – be recognized with Variety’s Creative Impact Award,” said Bentonville Film Festival President Wendy Guerrero in a statement.

“Geena’s passionate commitment to championing inclusion in entertainment is enlivening, yet it’s her focus on taking real action to accurately reflect gender balance and diversity in media that sets her apart. Her energetic dedication to these principles has already had tremendous influence, and we can’t wait to see where she leads us over the next 10 years.”

It’s the second big honor this year for Davis, who received Viola Davis Trailblazer Award in April at CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners.

In 1989, Davis won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role with her portrayal of Muriel Pritchett in “The Accidental Tourist.” She has continued to captivate film and television audiences, earning both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe nomination for her role alongside Susan Sarandon in “Thelma & Louise,” along with a Golden Globe nomination for her depiction of baseball star Dottie Hinson in “A League of Their Own.”

Her additional film credits include “Tootsie,” “The Fly,” “Beetlejuice,” “Angie,” “The Long Kiss Goodnight” and “Stuart Little.” In 2006, she earned a Golden Globe for her groundbreaking portrayal of the first female U.S. president in ABC’s “Commander in Chief.”

In 2020, Davis was honored with her second Oscar upon receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Along with founding the Bentonville Film Festival, Davis is the founder and chair of the nonprofit the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which works to reinvent, transform and inspire how global content creators and media tell stories through authentic portrayals of the population in entertainment. In 2022, the institute received the prestigious Governor’s Award Emmy from the Television Academy for its profound, transformational and long-lasting contribution to the arts and science of television.

Additionally, Geena has served as executive producer for impactful projects like the Gracie Award-winning documentary “This Changes Everything” and the Emmy-nominated TV show “Mission Unstoppable.”

The Bentonville Film Festival is a globally recognized platform amplifying the voices of female, non-binary, LGBTQIA+, people of color and people with disabilities in entertainment. For more information, go to


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