First Bellingham Music Film Festival accepting submissions through Feb. 1

Western Today staff

The first annual Bellingham Music Film Festival is accepting submissions of music-inspired films through Feb. 1.

Films can range from music videos, animations, and shorts to feature length documentaries and narratives. By participating in this festival, filmmakers and music lovers alike will have the opportunity to enjoy curated films and music, network and win awards, all while supporting local non-profits organizations. Students can get a 50-percent discount on submissions by entering the discount code: WESTERN. More details about the FilmFreeway submission process can be found on the festival website.

The festival, scheduled for April 1 to 3, was founded by Kacey Morrow, an associate professor from the Department of Design at Western Washington University. 

Bellingham has long been a hub for music and film, and BMFF celebrates the union of the two by screening exclusively music-related films and connecting this community on a global scale. The aim is to help strengthen the community by providing outward exposure for local artists and an incoming perspective from worldwide talent.

A wide range of film formats will be exhibited, but the heart of the festival will be powered by bands and live music. No matter the venue, category or artist, attendees will witness the power of music – the ultimate goal of Bellingham Music Film Festival.

There will be two cash prizes for Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice. The overall Judge’s Choice will be announced at the end of the festival celebration on Sunday night and the People’s Choice will be announced via social media shortly thereafter. Winners will also be chosen in each category and will receive trophies during the festival.

Films and music will be playing at the music venue, Make.Shift Art Space, and the Pickford Film Center. All proceeds will go toward these participating non-profits, including the video store Film is Truth, which is transitioning into a non-profit organization.

Learn more about the non-profits behind the festival at:

For more information about the festival visit: bellinghammusicfilmfestival.com.

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 10:25am