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We are Brainwash Movies, doing the Brainwash Movie Festival. We’ve been going every year for 24 years, and are looking forward to celebrating our 25th Silver anniversary this festival season, in July. Presenting an aesthetic beyond the parameters of the everyday & the usual, we expand into the roots of the underground, experimental & just plain charming.
Our top winners last year were: 2nd Grand Prize Award to Twice Upon a Time by Vojin Vasovic and the First Prize Award to High Five the Cactus by Christopher Allan Thomas.

Our festival is a mainstay in the local, East Bay of the San Francisco Bay, CA, area. Submissions are now open on our website, directly at, FilmfreeWay, Withoutabox and other major submission platforms online.

We’re also looking for interested individuals to participate with us.

Thank you reading this dribble.

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Hal Robins designed & drawn logo with laurels for Brainwash’s Silver 25th Anniversary Season.

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 coming directors, actors, producers and crews consistently year after year. So please send us yours this year and help us celebrate!  Click here to submit! Thank You!

And The 24th Annual Brainwash Award Winners!

The 2nd Grand Prize Award Winner: Twice Upon a Time – Vojin Vasovic

The First Prize Award Winner:  High-Five the Cactus– Christopher Allan Thomas

Third Prize Award: Bounty – Katarzyna Kochany

Fourth Prize: Colorado Counties: A Journey in Watercolor – Ronnie Cramer

Fifth: The Oak Tree – Ethan Jahan

The Audience Choice Award: Suck – Anthony Sneed

And! The First Ever Brainwash Awesome Achievement Award! To: Dave Reda

More online in our Awards Presentation show on the Brainwash test broadcast so tune in!

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Posted on October 30, 2018 at 7:28 pm by Shelby Toland.
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