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The Brainwash Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie festival
“On Time” Entries
May 1, 2017
“Late” Entries
May 11, 2017
Final Deadline
May 21, 2017
Winners Notified:
Sep 1, 2017
The 23rd Annual Brainwash Drive-in, Bike-in, Walk-in Movie Festival, will be held July 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th, 2017 at Nimby, 8410 Amelia Street, Oakland, CA, USA. Est. 1995.

The New York Times says the Brainwash Movie Festival “pirates a piece of that old Hollywood magic and challenges conventions on the role of public space in the process.”

Brainwash organizers say, “We show movies in a parking lot in Oakland.”

The movies shown at the Brainwash Movie Festival are a great mix of original humor, experimental art movies, innovative animation, and short live-action stories with high production values. The moviemakers are unique and skillful storytellers, and the movies themselves pack a real punch into anywhere from 5 to 18 minutes. In the past, we have also featured great features: John Law & Flecher Fleudujon’s “Head Trip” and an all-Jesus show featuring “Trailer Park Jesus”. Both two great, rare features! Not to mention our usual abundance of innovative, unique and vital shorts!

What’s a Drive-in Bike-in Walk-in Movie Festival? It’s set up like a traditional drive-in with FM sound as well as two big amps. Arrive however you choose: drive, bike, or walk in, perhaps with your favorite chair or blanket.

Brainwash Movies has been showing great underground mostly short movies since 1995. We’ve been written up in Variety, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle Pink Section, East Bay Express, SF Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, and in AAA’s Via magazine, among many others. We’ve toured the US Southwest and played at CBGB’s in New York.

We are also developing a broadcast pilot that includes footage filmed live at the festival. Stay tuned for a regular show of our short movies, held together with commentary, banter, and an as-yet confidential plot that may once and for all resolve the question: “Who is Shelby Toland?”. Or maybe not!


Free Admission to the Festival Event.

We have a broadcast series in the works and will use your movie, with your permission, if yours is selected.

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!

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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.
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