In 2023 we returned to Playa in Nevada, as Burning Man resumed in all it’s beautiful dusty glory! We were excited to meet filmmakers over the week and showcase some of the finest independent films for our audience in the desert. In 2024 we are delighted to announce that the Black Rock City Film Festival will be held both on the physical playa at Camp VideoGasm, and in Camp VideoGasm in VR. We will also be continuing the tradition of presenting the winning films in VR and on Twitch. Once again we promise you a fully loaded Film Festival, with screenings, talks and creator-led presentations at Burning Man – Black Rock City: Sunday, August 25, 2024 – Monday, September 2, 2024. Submit your work now for consideration via https://filmfreeway.com/BlackRockCityFilmFestival.

Awards & Prizes

Our awards are based solely around the 10 Principles of Burning Man, and we accept shorts, animations and music videos. We also accept Feature Films, though they Must be submitted via videogasm@blackrockcityfilmfestival.com), If you have a film that touches on any of the 10 themes of Burning Man’s principles outlined below, then we potentially have an award for your film.

  • Film that best represents the 10 Principles

  • Best Documentary – Documentaries are a film genre that use a non-fictional cinematic style to present the material. The word “documentary” is used to describe both the actual filmed piece as well as the film’s genre.

  • Best Animated Film – The best animated films are those where the major characters are animated, and where no less than 75 percent of the running time is animated. Telling a story, communicating a feeling, or selling an idea that would be too difficult, expensive or impossible to film in real life.

  • Best Represents this years theme ANIMALIA

  • Best Narrative Film – Best of Show 2023


  • This is a film festival for feature films, shorts, documentaries, animation, student films and music videos, and work submitted must have been produced by the filmmaker submitting the work..
  • All shorts must have a running time of less than 5 minutes and be submitted under one of the principals.
  • Encourage you to reimagine an existing film as a 5 minute expression of one of the principals.
  • Shorts do not need to be filmed on the playa.
  • Selected Feature and Documentary submissions will be shown during festival. Please email videogasm@blackrockcityfilmfestival.com.
  • Non-English language films To qualify for selection, all non-English language films must have an English-subtitled screening copy available.
  • How to send your film Please submit your film via the online submission platforms.
  • Notification The Festival will only contact those filmmakers with work selected for screening during the Festival. Unfortunately, the Festival cannot offer feedback regarding films that are not selected for the Festival


  • The Black Rock Film Festival is hereby granted the right to use any film or video submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival or for promoting the Festival.
  • The individual or corporation submitting hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film or video for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
  • Entry to the Festival implies that the entrant has the right to do so, has pre-cleared all materials that comprise the film, and is an authorized representative of the team that holds the intellectual property in the film.
  • The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless ‘The Black Rock Film Festival’ from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.