Bare Bones was created to champion the small budget filmmaker who wears many hats to bring their project to completion By Any Means Necessary. BAMN! 'No Frills-No Waste' is our common battle cry.
If you are a fiercely independent filmmaker producing small budget films or a screenwriter that can craft a script that can be shot on a small (less than a million dollar) budget, this festival is for you.
We are a festival run by Filmmakers, Professors of Film and Film Fans for Filmmakers, Film Students and Film Fans at all levels of expertise. This is a festival where recognition is generous and you are the Star no matter what role you played or how many roles you assumed, everyone is treated like a Rock Star. We roll out the red carpet for your premiere, allow time for Q & A following the screening, or the block of films if you are in the shorts category. We hold live readings of your screenplay with professional actors with you directing.
If you have special skills, you may be invited to moderate a panel or participate as a panelist. Festival Alumni also serve as Awards Presenters during the Bonehead Awards Gala/Ceremony.
Awards & Prizes
Indie Auteur of the Year-Top award given to the Best of the Best, qualifying with a minimum of 4 key credited production positions: i.e. Writer, Producer, Director, Lead Actor or Lead Actress, Cinematographer, Editor, PR/Marketer.
Winner get a custom Bonehead trophy, gold medallion, Embroidered Indie Auteur Ballcap and promotional consideration.
In all of the following categories Top scoring winner receives a Gold medallion
Best Feature Narrative Film
Best Producer-Best Picture Awards* Acrylic
Best Short Narrative Film
Best Music/Biographical Documentary
Best Educational/historical Documentary
Best High School Student Film
Best College/university/Film Student Film
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Foreign Origin Film
Best Oklahoma Soil Film
Best Cinematography in a Feature Film
Best Editing in a Feature Film
Best Production Design in a Feature Film
Best Music Video
Best Ensemble Cast & Director- in a feature, a mini-feature, a short/micro-short/Student
Best Original Screenplay
Best Oklahoma Setting Screenplay
Best Domestic Violence Awareness Film
Best Micro-Short Narrative Film
Best Genre Awards: Horror, Faith, Comedy, Drama, Western, Sci-Fi, Docu-Drama, Thriller, Medieval, Action
Requires a separate Category/entry fee:
Best Actor-Actress-Youth Actors: Movie Scene-Now open competition
Rules & Terms
It is encouraged but not required that all screenplays/movies should be copyrighted/registered with the Writers Guild of America or the Library of Congress.
A budget summary should be included for feature length movies to verify that the project meets the "Bare Bones" requirement of less than $1 million budget category I Features or less than $5 million for budget category 2 Features.
The festival is under no obligation to provide airfare, accommodations or other expenses incurred to attend the festival.
Filmmakers/Screenwriters attending the festival will be granted 4-6 VIP Gold Bare Bones Festival Passes as outlined in each category. Additional passes/Tickets may be purchased at a discount for crew, cast or special guests.
Films produced or initiated by a major movie studio with budgets more than one million dollars are not eligible for competition, but may be considered for a showcase; but will not compete.
All entries must come with the non-refundable entry fee and online screener. Optional: Send a Blu-ray or DVD for consideration. Screenplays can be sent in a pdf (doc, final draft) regardless of original formats.
The live screening selections are at the sole discretion of the festival judges, directors, programmers, all decisions are final. Website will be main source for updates on selections and scheduling.
The festival does NOT grant fee waivers. Please do not tell us that you have run out of money submitting your project to other festivals.
The festival does not return screeners, exhibition Blu-Rays, DVDs, screenplays.
Non-English projects must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.
All films/screenplays selected as official selections will be posted on the festival website (Logline, short synopsis) prior to the festival and will remain on the website for at least 60 days after the festival. Be sure to list the genre that you feel your film belongs in.
All accepted films are required to submit a press kit, either electronic or paper. Postcards, fliers are to be sent in hard copy to the festival headquarters. Poster graphics must be emailed in time (as specified) for a web listing and for program schedules.
All participants are encouraged to engage in "Shameless Do-It-Your-Self-Promotions" by any means necessary to help build an audience for their screening.
All films are encouraged to send their weblinks for downloadable trailers (vimeo, youtube, and facebook) for promotional purposes.
Award winners not present to receive their award will pay $10 USA/$25 INTERNATIONAL for shipping and handling, unless they were in attendance prior to the ceremony and left prior to it.
Those who want duplicate awards or awards certificates for their filmmaking partners, producers, cast or crew may order and pre-pay for duplicates, plus shipping and handling. Award winners may also order an upgraded award (acrylic) at the posted pricing.