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.

Best of Fest Music Documentary Festival Category Awardees may receive Certificates, Medallions, plaques or trophies.
Special Jury Awards: Best Promotional Poster, Best Social Issue (i.e. Domestic Violence Awareness, etc) Experimental.
Best of Fest Historical Documentary Filmmakers will vie for the Russ Fry Award Best of Fest Student Documentary Filmmakers will vie for the LegacyKeepersRus Award
Best of Fest Songwriters, Song, Score, Soundtrack compete for the Jim Paul Blair Award
Best of Fest Music Documentary Filmmakers will vie for the Selby Minner Award
Best of Fest Feature Screenwriters will vie for the Oscar Ray Award
Best of Fest Short Screenwriters will vie for the "Make My Movie in Muskogee" Award
Best of Fest Music Video Filmmakers-TBA

Festival reserves the right to not present an award if requirements not met.

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
  • 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
  • Thank you to Bare Bones for selecting my song Sees of Change, I hope to enter again in the future.

    October 2022
  • Bare Bones is a top-notch festival that brings artists to the world's listening and viewing stage. A great experience with a group of dedicated people that know how to run a film festival. If you feel that your projects are ready for the world to see and hear, give Bare Bones a try. The experience will be well worth your time.
    On behalf of the Atomik Age Project, thank you Bare Bones for your excellence in everything you do for so many years. Be well.

    Philip C./AAP Music Group

    October 2022