20th Annual

Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival

April 23, 2019 to April 29, 2019

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525 W. Okmulgee Ave. #3779
P.O. Box 3779 Muskogee, OK 74402
Muskogee OK 74401
Phone: 539-664-6260

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Short Narrative Film
Shorts 11 to 29 minutes are accepted in this category. May include any narrative film genre.

Themed and niche projects such as Christian, Native American, African American, Domestic Violence, etc.may also be submitted in this category.
Feature Narrative Film
We are looking for character-driven projects with high production values for all genres. Entry must specify genre, niche or other special consideration. Entry is recommended to have a downloadable theatrical poster graphic, still shot, and promotional preview trailer that can be shared on festival website and/or facebook page.

60 minutes or more (prefer 110 minutes or less)

Feature Screenplay
41-120 pages-standard screenplay format for screenplays. Stage play or Teleplay should be in the correct format. Open to all genres and niches.

SPECIAL CATEGORY: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS (Bullying, Child Abuse, Spousal Abuse, Elder Abuse, Teen Dating Violence, Rape, etc)

Specify Budget Category:
(Indiewood (over $1 million- less than $5 million) or
(Bare Bones-less than $1 million)

Must LIST GENRE and a short promotional Logline and/or SYNOPSIS.

Also add ratings code:
R (nudity, language, violence, for adults only)
PG & PG-13 ( Adult subject matter, situations)
G (General Audiences, family-friendly) .

indicate which type of production budget for this screenplay.

The feature length screenplay ( that can be produced for less than a million dollar budget.(Bare Bones)

The feature length screenplay that can be produced for less than a 5 million dollar budget. (Indiewood)

These can be high concept, character-driven, compelling stories.

Bonus: Live Screenplay reading Competition (pick your most compelling scene up to 20 minutes) to be scheduled during the festival by reserving a time slot, and recruiting actors.

Each reading is judged on a 10 point scale by Special Judge or Jury in consideration for a Best Screenplay Reading Award.

Short Screenplay
The Short screenplay (40 pages or less) with few characters and locations, all genres.

Be sure to indicate your Category (Screenplay, Stageplay or Teleplay)

SPECIAL CATEGORY: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS (Bullying, Child Abuse, Spousal Abuse, Elder Abuse, Teen Dating Violence, Rape, etc)

List the GENRE and a short Logline and/or SYNOPSIS.

Add a ratings code: R (nudity, language, violence) PG ( Adult subject matter) G (General Audiences, family-friendly)

Live Screenplay reading Competition (pick your most compelling scene up to 20 minutes) will be scheduled during the festival on a first come basis, and will be judged for a Best Screenplay Reading Award.

Micro-Short Narrative Film, PSA, Movie Trailers & Others
This category is for any narrative film project that fits the 10:00 ten minutes or less time requirement.
Not Documentary or Music Video

Most commonly Movie Trailer, PSA, Commercial/infomercial, , Event, Webisode, etc. Any project that does not fit into any other category can be submitted here within the time constraints.
Student Film
If you are a High School or under, College or Film School Student actively enrolled, you may enter your film project in this category. 1-29 minutes

You must attach a copy of your student ID that shows the name of the institution and your photo.

Feature Documentary
Documentary Feature 40 -90 minutes

Social Issues, Adventure, Art, Biography etc with your choice of niches that will appeal to a broad audience.

Music documentaries should have music clearance or original compositions. Be sure to indicate your status
Short Documentary
Short Documentary 1-39 minutes

Themed or niche categories may enter via this category. Historical, Music, Biography, Domestic Violence Awareness Art, Social Issues, etc.
Movie Soundtrack, Musical Score
Enter your movie soundtract or original music score, not to exceed 15 minutes on an audio file (MP3) . Specify if your entry is for soundtract or score, not both.

Do NOT enter a movie or video in this category. Can include a relevant movie clip to demonstrate music integrated into picture, but the mp3 is required. List name of original music composer, music supervisor and any pertinent licensing information.

Best Actor-Male & Female, Youth Actor in a Movie Scene
This category is open to Actors (male & female) Lead & Support, and Youth (18 or under) who performed in a feature, mini-feature or short or micro-short movie.

It is also open to showcase talent via a comedic or dramatic monologue written to demonstrate acting skills.
Mini-Feature-TV Pilot
Mini-Feature or TV Pilot 30-59 minutes
Music Video
Music Video must not exceed 10 minutes total running time.


Bare Bones International Film Festival is dedicated to screening feature motion picture projects with budgets less than 1 million dollars. Our main venue is a historic theatre with a nostalgic atmosphere, The Roxy, one of the last ones remaining built in the 40s.

Our philosophy is to promote and support the efforts of the small budget filmmakers and producers. We encourage camaraderie among our filmmakers although it is a competition. Everyone is treated the same, so you will be treated as royalty. Red carpet premieres are standard, as are endless photo opportunities and media interviews. The Bonehead Awards Gala recognizes the hard work you've put into your project, dress as you want, from tuxedo to shorts, you decide. Dress as you want to be photographed.

The festival's events and activities are a true spring break and networking opportunity for Actors, Writers, Directors, Crew along with Filmmakers and Producers. Small town experience in and around Muskogee, OK USA, will give you a break from the hustle and bustle of a big city. In Muskogee we are "a place where even squares can have a ball" as the lyrics in Merle's 1968 song says, so don't be surprised when everyone greets you with a smile and a friendly "howdy".


Our festival was created by filmmakers, screenwriters and actors and was created for filmmakers, screenwriters and actors who are involved in independent motion picture projects anywhere in the world.

Named one of the "25 Festivals worth the entry fee" by Moviemaker Magazine and one of the "20 best festivals for new and emerging filmmakers." Bare Bones has long been touted as the "Friendliest Film Festival" by the many filmmakers who return year after year.

The festival will feature narrative and documentary features, narrative and animated shorts, student films, music videos, live performances and live screenplay readings in it's competitive program.

Live music and entertainment, classic car shows, receptions, panels, conference, street faire, afterparties, tours of surrounding areas and more; make this festival a relaxed atmosphere where you are treated like royalty, make lasting friends and receive the recognition you deserve whether you are the top winner or not.

We strive to help you find a home for your film. Our panels and roundtables are designed to give you the filmmaker an opportunity to be in the spotlight as you share and enhance your filmmaking and film marketing knowledge.

Bare Bones is also known for it's focus on youth in front and behind the camera, introducing visiting film festival participants to the next generation of filmmakers via movie-biz career days, kids view talk show and youth talent spotlights. The festival has a special movie and music event to spotlight the awareness and prevention of all types of domestic abuse, be it sexual, bullying, child abuse, spousal abuse with special recognition to those who are actively involved in providing direct services.


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It is encouraged but not required that all screenplays/movies should be copyrighted/registered with the Writers Guild of America or the Library of Congress.

A budget summary should be included for feature length movies to verify that the project meets the "Bare Bones" requirement of less than $1 million budget category I or less than $5 million for budget category 2.

The festival is under no obligation to provide airfare, accommodations or other expenses incurred to attend the festival.

Filmmakers/Screenwriters attending the festival will be granted 2 VIP Gold Bare Bones Festival Passes as outlined in each category. Feature films accepted will be granted a total of 4 VIP Gold Bare Bones Festival Passes. Additional passes may be purchased at a discount for crew, cast and Special Guests in advance.

Films produced or initiated by a major movie studio with budgets less than one million dollars are ineligible for competition, films produced or initiated by a major or independent studio with budgets less than 5 million dollars are eligible for competition in category 2. Films with budgets over 5 million dollars may be considered for a showcase but will not compete.

All entries must come with the non-refundable entry fee and 1 NTSC DVD, Blu Ray or other approved formats (Movies) for films. Recommend backups. Screenplays can be sent in a pdf regardless of original formats or send a hard copy.

The screening selections are at the sole discretion of the festival judges, directors, programmers, all decisions are final.

The festival does not grant fee waivers. Please do not tell us that you have run out of money submitting your project to other festivals.

The festival does not return screeners, exhibition DVDs, BLU-RAYS or screenplays.

Non-English projects must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.

All films/screenplays (titles and synopsis) selected for screening will be posted on the festival website prior to the festival and will remain on the website for at least 60 days after the festival.

All accepted films are required to submit a press kit, either electronic or paper. Postcards, fliers are to be sent in hard copy to the festival headquarters in a timely manner. Poster graphics must be emailed in time for a web listing and for program schedules.

All participants are encouraged to engage in "Shameless D.I.Y. Self-Promotions" by any means necessary to help build an audience for their screening.

All films are encouraged to send their weblinks for trailers (vimeo, youtube, and facebook) for promotional purposes.

Award winners not present to receive their award will pay for shipping and handling, unless they were in attendandance prior to the ceremony and left prior to it.

Those who want duplicate awards or awards certificates for their filmmaking partners, producers, cast or crew may order and pre-pay the fee for duplicates, plus shipping and handling.


All entry fees are non-refundable. All monies must be in U.S. dollars.

Applicant(s) must have the legal ownership right to enter contest.

Winners will be announced during the Bonehead Awards Gala.

Judges and/or the festival reserve the right not to grant an award.

Additional promotional materials such as postcards, flyers, posters may be sent to assist the festival in promoting your screening but is not to be the sole responsibility of the festival.

Bare Bones International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted accepted for exhibition at the Festival for 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 Bare Bones International Film & Music 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 BLU-RAYS or DVD's entered.