Note: Shorts do not need to be filmed on the playa.

Black Rock City Film Festival: Celebrating Artistic Expression at Burning Man
The highly anticipated Black Rock City Film Festival is back for its fifth edition, set to take place within the renowned Videogasm camp at Burning Man in Nevada. This immersive cinematic experience will showcase a diverse selection of films that embody the spirit of Burning Man and align with its Ten Principles.

As an event Black Rock City Film Festival invites filmmakers from around the world to submit their original works. Whether it's a thought-provoking documentary, an experimental film, or a breathtaking short, all submissions should align with one or more of Burning Man's Ten Principles, which include radical self-expression, communal effort, gifting and participation.

“The Black Rock City Film Festival aims to showcase films that embody the spirit of Burning Man and reflect the transformative power of artistic expression within a community. We're excited to witness the incredible talent and creativity that will emerge from this year's submissions."

To streamline the submission process, filmmakers are encouraged to submit their entries via the festival's official FilmFreeway page at . For more information about the Black Rock City Film Festival and submission guidelines, please visit the official festival website at

About the Black Rock City Film Festival:
The Black Rock City Film Festival is an annual cinematic celebration that takes place within the Videogasm camp at Burning Man in Nevada. It showcases films that align with the Ten Principles of Burning Man and highlights the transformative power of artistic expression. The festival provides a platform for filmmakers to share their work, connect with a vibrant audience, and celebrate the spirit of Burning Man.

Our awards are based solely around the 10 Principles of Burning Man, and we accept shorts, animations and music videos). If you have a film that touches on any of the 10 themes of Burning Man’s principles outlined below, then we potentially have an award for your film.

- Film that best represents the 10 Principles
- Best Documentary
- Best Animation
- Best Represents this years theme - CURIOUS & CURIOUSER
- Best Narrative Film
- Best of Show 2024


This is a film festival for feature films, shorts, documentaries, animation, student films and music videos, and work submitted must have been produced by the filmmaker submitting the work..

All shorts must have a running time of less than 15 minutes and be submitted under one of the principals. PLEASE STATE WHICH PRINCIPAL YOUR FILM RELATES TO WHEN SUBMITTING, OR YOUR FILM MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED.

We also encourage you to reimagine an existing film of yours as a 5 minute expression of one of the principals.

Shorts do not need to be filmed on the playa.

Non-English language films
To qualify for selection, all non-English language films must have an English-subtitled screening copy available.

How to send your film
Please submit your film via the online submission platforms.

The Festival will only contact those filmmakers with work selected for screening during the Festival. Unfortunately, the Festival cannot offer feedback regarding films that are not selected for the Festival.


The Black Rock Film Festival is hereby granted the right to use any film or video submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival or for promoting the Festival. We show a selection of the films in both VR and on the Twitch Platform as a promotional tool prior to the actual festival in August. If you would like to opt-out of this, please let us know.

The individual or corporation submitting hereby warrants that it is authorised to commit the film or video for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

Entry to the Festival implies that the entrant has the right to do so, has pre-cleared all materials that comprise the film, and is an authorised representative of the team that holds the intellectual property in the film.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless 'The Black Rock Film Festival' from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to 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.

Overall Rating
  • Freddy Romm

    Very good and interesting festival.

    September 2022
  • Francesco Orlando

    I was honored to participated at the second edition of the festival with my IKARUS project. I love the Philosophy of the "Burningman" and the BRCFF reflects the same philosophy. Good Festival and good organization.

    September 2022
  • Kevin Lucero Less

    Having my film "Aqua Tone" play at Burning Man might be one of the coolest things ever, which makes the Black Rock City Film Festival just about the most BOSS thing ever! I love you BRCFF, thanks so very much for this opportunity. Cheers!

    September 2022
  • Thanks for selecting part of my videoart (self portrait and woodworm lab), a very unique and fantastic film fest!!!!

    September 2022
  • The greatest Festival of Nevada ⭐️ Honour and joy for the Best Biography Award of our film JUST LIKE WATER 🎥 Thank you very much also for the package you sent me 🎁 Warm greetings from Greece 🇬🇷

    August 2022