The Brainwash Movie Festival

Brainwash // The Brainwash Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie festival

25th edition

Jul 12 - Jul 22, 2020
OAKLAND, United States

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Hybrids, Music video, Narrative fiction, Student, TV, Web
Film length
Genre Action, Adventure, Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, B-Movie, Comedy, Comedy drama, Culture, Dark comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Environmental, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film noir, Flash, Foreign, Hip Hop, History, Horror, Human rights, Independent, LGBT, Live Action, Melodrama, Microcinema, Mockumentary, Music, Mystery, , Parody, Post modern, Realism, Reality, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic comedy, Satire, Science fiction, Silent movie, Surreal, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban

Mission / description Brainwash, since 1995, has delighted audiences with a selection of the bizarre, the unique, and just plain old well-made movies from independent producers all over the world. With an eye toward the abstract, the innovative and the weird, Brainwash salutes it’s 25th Silver Anniversary this 2019 season and will have a Unity Night of movies as well as a hot little Silver Anniversary Celebration. We have consistently attracted entries we curate to be able to display some of the most cutting edge cinema from up and coming directors, actors, producers and crews consistently year after year. So please send us yours this year and help us celebrate! Thank You! full text less text

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Class Founded: 1995
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Jan 11, 2019

Early bird deadline: Mar 15, 2019
Regular deadline: May 01, 2019
Late deadline: May 21, 2019

Notification date: Jul 01, 2019

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Fees Fees range from 22.00 to 80.00 EUR (0.00 to 0.00 USD) . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 129.00 USD
Festival sections
Movies 60 - 129 minutes long.
Movies less than 60 minutes long.
General rules All entries must be transferred to Region 0/1 DVD for preview, or .MP4 files made downloadable if selected for screening.

No material will be returned unless you provide $5.95 to priority mail your stuff back.

All accepted entries will be notified by email - provide your name and email address.


Please also include a 10-20 second clip or trailer of your movie for promotional purposes.

The Brainwash Movie Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition for Festival promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Brainwash Movie Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.