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!

Prizes! We would like to welcome our returning sponsor Jungle Software to The Brainwash Movie Festival. We will be presenting Jungle software to our TOP 3 AWARD WINNERS this year, to help with future movie productions!

Chimpanzee and Story-O are production software especially designed for independent filmmakers. Chimpanzee allows you to create breakdown sheets, characters, budgets, manage cast & crew, generate call sheets, prop lists, shot lists, storyboards and more. Story-O allows you to outline your story in broad strokes, jot down raw notes and ideas, flesh out details and then put it all in story order when you’re ready. Find out more at the Jungle Software website.

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.

And Now… an even newer award from VideoMaker Magazine…
A one year FREE online subscription to ALL entrants to the 2017 Brainwash Movie Festival starting after the festival ends in August of this year!

All entries must be transferred to Region 1 or 0 DVD for screening, or .MP4 files online and downloadable.
Please include a 10-20 sec. clips and/or trailer of your movie(s) to be used in promoting the festival.
All accepted entries will be notified by email – enclose your name and email address to get really cool retro Silver tickets.
PLEASE NEVER SEND YOUR PARENTS’ HOME MOVIES!

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  • Xstine Cook

    The Bum Family loves this festival!!! Bikes rule.

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Xstine and the Bum family.
    Brainwash loves Lily!
    AND Bikes!

  • Noel Holmes

    Really happy to get a screening at this festival...

    August 2018
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    Response from festival:


    Thank you, Noel!
    We, and the audience, really liked your movie House Roxy.

    Dave Krzysik
    Brainwash Movies

  • Robert Belinoff

    Honored to have my film shown last year at Brainwash...great selection of innovative films, no shiny objects here... just the kind of rough-hewed inventiveness you'd expect from the gritty Oakland industrial area and the worker space that produces so much of the wonderful Burning Man floats and exhibits ...

    April 2018
  • Michael Bartolomeo

    Although we were unable to attend Brainwash this year, I feel compelled to comment on the extremely positive experience we had regarding their communication. Dave was accessible and informative with every email exchange I had with him, and even offered several tickets to any local friends we had in the Bay area so they could come out and support our film. One look at the 2017 lineup of films, and I knew these guys were the real deal in terms of showcasing the bizarre and psychotronic and I hope to make it out there one day to see it for myself.

    August 2017
  • Jody Oberfelder

    Proud to have my film "Dance of the Neurons" in this awesome festival. We got first prize!!!

    August 2016