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 saluted it's 25th Silver Anniversary in the 2019 season, and, we're still going strong. 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!

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!

Brainwash will also present the shows of selected movies online and pay producers based on the viewership of that event.
All entries must be .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.

Overall Rating
  • Great communication, and a great selection of interesting, off-beat films! If your work is not mainstream indie, let alone mainstream Hollywood, check this fest out!

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you much, Adam! We really liked an entombing(dis)entombing. In true poetry-film genre.

  • Caren Messing

    The Brainwash Movie Festival is a fantastic festival. Exceptional communication (even amid cataclysmic variables such as wild fires & the pandemic) and STILL persevered in having a wonderful 3 day line-up for their outdoor drive-in screening along with a virtual festival.
    I am proud my short musical film “Swimming Upstream” was selected for screening! I only wish I could have attended and watched it under the night-sky in person. Many Thanks and I wholeheartedly recommend this long-standing festival.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Caren. It was wonderful screening in Doyle, CA, and we're going to do it again, there, next year. Swimming Upstream looked and sounded fantastic on the big screen outside! Dave Krzysik, Brainwash Movies

  • Xstine Cook

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

    August 2019
    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
    Response from festival:

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

    Dave Krzysik
    Brainwash Movies

  • 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