We are looking for BRAVE STORIES, feature films and shorts, animation, digital Series, music videos and live action narratives and documentaries that showcase Bravery! We invite you to submit your films, stories characters, points of view and craft that would be a great showcase in our fest. We want to celebrate films in all genres that bravely explore how we think, how we live, how we interact with others and how we see the world anew. We're looking to elevate brave voices by those who make films and tell stories.

(We will have special ONLINE panel discussions on filmmaking and we are excited to host a young filmmaker panel discussion and showcase student work). Because of the pandemic we are still looking to host screenings ONLINE but we are looking for a group of films that we can host as a DRIVE in experience.

STAY TUNED for celebrity guests, social media ambassadors, and hosts!

Brave Stories change the world and we want to celebrate YOURS with live screenings, red carpet, Q&A's, networking events, workshops and parties. Submissions exclusively on FilmFreeway.

Our Festival will be screening all films in DCP the industry standard playback format for digital cinema (and some in .mov format).

The BraveMaker Film Festival has partnered with Simple DCP to handle all film print
deliveries this year. Simple DCP will offer our filmmakers a 20% discount on DCP creation services and complimentary archival services. There will be no charge for filmmakers who submit a compatible, pre-existing DCP to Simple DCP.
Whether you submit a current DCP to Simple DCP or have your DCP created with Simple DCP, your DCP can also be quickly and affordably delivered to other festivals and venues. Every DCP in the Simple DCP archive will be integrated into partner festivals free of charge.

For this year’s BraveMaker Film Festival, Simple DCP will collect, create (if necessary), test, and ship all DCPs to our exhibition venue in an organized and efficient fashion.

Watch this link for 2019's recap:

Each filmmaker selected to screen their film will will receive press and promotion to our 1400 person subscriber email with an online, LIVE STREAM panel discussion and safety permitting---in person film fest.


The nonrefundable entry fee must be payable in US dollars to BRAVEMAKER. Entries must be POSTMARKED by the deadline. Submission costs vary depending on category and discounts. When submitting to the festival you are agreeing that, if selected and the invitation accepted, to screen the submitted film during the dates of the festival. Brave Maker Film Fest (BMFF) will not pay any screening fees for presentation of the film during the festival. The only exception would be if there is a negotiated agreement preceding the submission of the film.

This a not a competitive showcase but there will be prizes awarded to every selected filmmaker. The BMFF reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. Only works completed in 2018 - 2022 are eligible for selection. There is no limit to the number of entries.

All international language entries must have English subtitles. Projects must be submitted for consideration as an online screener. PAL format will not be accepted. Please do not submit works in progress. Screening material, press and any application materials sent to BMFF will NOT be returned. If you did not receive a confirmation of submission, please email fest@bravemaker.com. All features and documentaries submitted must be available in DCP for festival presentation. There will be smaller venues that will require DVD or Digital file submissions, TBD.

If selected, the BMFF will require an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) to include high-resolution production stills, key art, bio and filmography of the director, production notes and full cast and crew credits.

The cost of shipping all entries and films to the festival must be paid by the entrant. BMFF will not pay the cost of shipping the print back to the filmmaker and will not be responsible for expedited or overnight shipping charges to other organizations.

Submission of an entry gives the BMFF permission to have excerpts of accepted work, including film trailers, shown in all promotional activities related to the festival.

Films selected for the BMFF will be notified no later than June 1st, 2022.

Overall Rating
  • A great festival run by a great team. They really care about filmmakers and go the extra mile to make sure every event is the best in can be. Two thumbs up!

    September 2021
  • Wonderful film festival! Honored to be a part of this showcase. Well done continuing forward even during Covid-19 and making the virtual fest so much fun and engaging. Cheers and Blessings to all involved!

    August 2020
  • Vatora Godwin

    This is a great film festival - especially as out first one! I loved the way that the panels were put together. Since this happened during covid, we had a virtual panel and I thought the platform used for the panel was excellent. Tony was a great host! You also get your film distributed in their newsletter which is awesome!

    August 2020
  • Elijah Reynolds

    BraveMaker has been one of my most exciting Festival experiences so far. During the pandemic, their team has still emphasized the importance of filmmaking and stories of filmmakers. Not only has BraveMaker given many the chance to speak about their art, but the opportunity to listen to other artists. BraveMaker is about more than the art of film, it's also about the power of a story. BraveMaker Film Fest is what all programmers should strive to achieve in their programs.

    August 2020
  • BraveMaker is quickly becoming one of my favorite film festivals. I got into film and storytelling because I wanted to help change the world and make it a more empathetic and inclusive community that saw each other’s shared trials, joys, and special moments... the films chosen for BraveMaker are full of those moments.

    August 2020