25th Annual

Brainwash Movie Festival

July 12, 2019 to July 21, 2019

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1675 7th St., #23302
Oakland CA 94623-6009
Phone: 510 836-3210

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Brainwash requests shorts less than 13 minutes, however will accept and does screen entries as shorts from 13 minutes to less than 60 minutes.
Features are considered entries running less than 130 minutes, 60 minutes and over.


The Brainwash Movie Festival is dedicated to providing unique and unusual moving pictures to viewers worldwide.


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 and coming directors, actors, producers and crews consistently year after year. So please send us yours this year and help us celebrate! Thank You!


Dave Krzysik (General Partner); Shelby Toland (Organizer)


Shorts are less than 13 minutes, features less than 130 min. Movies 13 min. - less than 60 min. are considered shorts.

Please send a 10-20 sec. trailer and/or clips along with your submission, or email links.

What You Get If You Submit:

-Free Admission to the Festival Event.

-We have a broadcast series in the works and will use your movie, with your permission, if yours is selected.

-Prizes, Prizes, Prizes, including Gorilla software and Story-O from Jungle and also from InkTip. We would like to welcome our returning sponsor Jungle Software to The Brainwash Movie Festival. We will be presenting Jungle software Gorilla 5 and Story-O to our TOP 3 AWARD WINNERS this year!
PLUS – A new award from InkTip!
3 winners will receive a prize package from InkTip: Where everyone goes for writers and scripts. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.
InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.

* Gorilla is production software especially designed for independent filmmakers. It handles budgeting, scheduling, cast, crew, locations, accounting, editing notes, and even film festival submissions. Gorilla is reasonably priced, easy to learn, and really helps indie filmmakers stay organized through the otherwise difficult process of film production. You can learn more about Gorilla and Story-O at the Jungle Software website.

What more do you want?!


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.