The third annual Bellingham Music Film Festival is a showcase of music through the medium of film. The films include music videos and shorts all focused around music-inspired subject matter. The Bellingham Music Film Festival is an inclusive space inviting both student and professional filmmakers from both the Pacific Northwest and international landscape.
Nestled between Vancouver and Seattle, Bellingham, Washington has always been a hub for music and film. BMFF would like to celebrate the union of the two by screening exclusively music-related films and connecting this community on a global scale.
Not only will a wide range of film formats be featured at multiple screening sites, but the weekend will be powered by live music.
Films and music will be playing at Make.Shift Art Space and Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, Washington. All proceeds go towards these participating non-profits.
Learn more about the non-profit spaces behind the festival at:
Awards & Prizes
$100 - Best Short
$100 - Best Music Video
$100 - Best Regional Short/Music Video
trophy - People’s Choice - across all categories
Rules & Terms
Please read carefully the following terms and conditions regarding any submissions you make to the Bellingham Music Film Festival. You must accept these terms and conditions before your entry can be considered.
All films must be focused on or inspired by music. We accept music video, narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated genres.
Short films and music videos must be under 20 minutes.
Student submissions must upload their student ID, use their school email address, and provide what school they attend to be considered a valid entry. Applicant must have been a student during production. (To upload a student ID, Go to 'My Projects' > 'View', then use the 'Files & Attachments' tool toward the lower right side of your Project Page to upload a copy of your student ID.)
Regional applicants must reside in Washington or Oregon during production. Regional submissions must provide current regional address.
All films must have been completed no earlier than January 1, 2016.
We invite films from all countries. However, entries must be in English or subtitled in English.
We only accept online submissions for review through FilmFreeway. After notification of possible acceptance, we may request a higher-resolution copy of the film than was submitted for review. If one is not provided, the festival may screen the lower-resolution copy that was submitted, or cut the film from the program at its discretion. Once accepted, the applicant will be informed of the desired specific file formats.
Multiple entries are allowed by each filmmaker, but will be treated as separate submissions. Entry fees are in U.S. dollars, per film entry and are non-refundable.
BMFF has a very limited budget to offer travel assistance to category winners, but we encourage applicants to attend and visit our beautiful community.
The number/value of awards given may vary depending on the number of submissions received/accepted.
Not all submissions are guaranteed acceptance. All decisions are made solely by BMFF, which retains the right to accept or decline any submission.
By submitting to the festival, the applicant agrees to allow their film to be screened by the festival during the festival run, for which they are submitting, at no charge to the festival.
BMFF is hereby granted the right to use the applicant’s name, the artist’s name, and utilize an excerpt or image from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival for promotional purposes.
The applicant is responsible for all copyrights and has secured all necessary rights for picture, sound, participants, and locations featured in the film, and exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights, including but not limited to music, images, and content. The applicant is legally authorized to enter the film in the festival and, if selected for the festival, authorized to give screening permission.
The applicant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Bellingham Music Film 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.
The submitted film remains the sole property of the author.
The committee of BMFF reserves the right modify these terms due to any unforeseen circumstances.