Historical, Biographical, Social Issues, & Music focused Documentaries and Docu-Dramas. Music Videos, Songwriting competition and musical scores & soundtracks. Filmed Screenplay Readings featuring Actors at all levels of expertise.

This is a hybrid festival: online option plus a live-in person option with Filmmaker in attendance.

Music Documentary Festival Category Awardees may receive Certificates, Medallions, plaques or trophies. Judges decisions are final

Special Jury Awards: Best Promotional Poster, Best Social Issue (i.e. Domestic Violence Awareness, etc.

Feature Documentary Filmmakers will vie for the Russ Fry Award
Historical/Biographical Documentary Filmmakers will vie for the LegacyKeepersRus Award
Music Documentary Filmmakers will vie for the Selby Minner Award
Feature Screenwriters will vie for the Oscar Ray Award
Short Screenwriters will vie for the Shoot n Oklahoma Award
Music Video Filmmakers will vie for the Billy Franks Award

Festival reserves the right to not present an award..

Entries submitted must be free of copyright infringement.
The submitter should be either the Performer, Producer, Director or Writer,
All applicants must submit the required non-refundable fee and adhere to the submission and exhibition requirements.

No Waivers, no exceptions.

Overall Rating
  • Coale Coleman

    Thank you so much for selecting my short script WHEN HE LEFT for your amazing Festival! Truly appreciate this opportunity!

    November 2023
  • Steve Sides

    Thanks for allowing The Bearded Lady to be part of your event. It was important to represent so close to home here in Glenpool!

    November 2023
  • This festival is a true jewel … every filmmaker should enter their work … the communication is superb and the judging is spot on … we didn’t win our category but won with the hospitality and quality that this festival brings … a true experience all should participate in … Thank You Bare Bones for the wonderful experience.

    May 2023
  • Inspire Publishing

    Absolutely LOVED everything about the Bare Bones Music and Documentary Festival. Sharon and Oscar were great... showing off their southern hospitality and their love for filmmakers and movie shakers! The opportunity to network and learn from my peers was simply priceless! My sitcom pilot "That's So Gay" was a part of the table read and it definitely was an enjoyable moment! CROWN was shown at the ROXY and that would have been enough for me... but we won an award and that definitely was the sugar on top. Our 48 hour film "The Drink" won for best director and I couldn't be more proud because Erika did get thing in directing us in that short period of time.

    Thanks Bare Bones for a wonderful experience and I am totally inspired and re-energize to create more!

    May 2023
  • Khoo GX

    Bare Bones Music & Documentary Festival is a great festival and exciting one to be in!

    October 2022