The third annual Bellingham Music Film Festival is a showcase of music through the medium of film. The films include music videos and shorts all focused around music-inspired subject matter. The Bellingham Music Film Festival is an inclusive space inviting both student and professional filmmakers from both the Pacific Northwest and international landscape.

Nestled between Vancouver and Seattle, Bellingham, Washington has always been a hub for music and film. BMFF would like to celebrate the union of the two by screening exclusively music-related films and connecting this community on a global scale.

Not only will a wide range of film formats be featured at multiple screening sites, but the weekend will be powered by live music.

Awards & Prizes

  • Best Short: $100
  • Best Music Video: $100
  • Best Regional Music Video/Short: $100
  • People's Choice: trophy

2017 Schedule

  • 7P–9P| MUSIC VIDEO NIGHT (free event during art walk)
  • SYNESTHESIA LIGHT SHOW: Sierra Tucker, 7:32, Student, Bellingham
  • OFF SCRIPT–SCARVES: Benjamin Owens, 2:31, Bellingham
  • GLOBAL HEAT | FOR A LIFETIME: Katie Ann Plick, 3:53, Bellingham
  • CHERRY GLAZERR–TOLD YOU I'D BE WITH THE GUYS: Riley Blakeway, 4:35, Los Angeles
  • KLEFTO - "LIKE DAAAM!": Conor OKeefe, 2:40, Student, Bellingham
  • ARCADIAN: Sherif R.Alabede & Kasson Crooker, 5:06, Shoreline
  • TOM ROSENTHAL–I GOT MYSELF A FINISH: CUMULUS & Thomas Vernay, 2:06, France
  • DEMON EYE: Mikah Washburn, 3:30, Student, Bellingham
  • LIGHT THIEVES–GOON YEARS: Chris Mathews Jr, 5:15, Seattle
  • LOCAL GHOST–LESS I BECOME: Talking to Crows, 5:12, Bellingham
  • TAYLOR PAYNE APPARITION: Angie Fleming, 3:28, Australia
  • FINGERS, THE CLOWN–Johnny Thursday: Adam Kane & Michael Barone, 2:47, Student, Bellingham
  • "BAD INTENTION"-100 WATT MIND: Ronny Huffstutter, 2:55, Ashland
  • MY ETERNITY: Jonathan Martin, 4:00, Utah
  • SLEEP FURIOUSLY: Maddy Ruppel, 2:45, Student, Bellingham
  • FIRES–CHRISPY: Benjamin Owens, 3:41, Bellingham
  • MOS GENERATOR–CATSPAW: Chris Mathews Jr, 3:55, Seattle
  • FIREFOX AK–HEART OF MINE: Mats Udd, 5:13, Sweden
  • OMIE HOMAGE: Jenna Veatch, 4:30, Bellingham
  • FALLING–"MORDECAI'S MASQUERADE": Wilson Large, 4:36, Bellingham
  • ALIVE: Lorène Yavo, 3:15, Belgium
  • LIGHT: Julien Scherliss, 4:35, Bellingham
  • mïus–STROBE and NOISE: Peter Varsics, 5:26, Hungary
  • WORDS: Adam Ardekani, 2:16, Student, North Carolina
  • THE LONELY ONE: Justin Katz, 3:35, Student, Massachusetts
  • URBAN AUDIO SPECTRUM: Marina Schnider, 3:43, Student, Germany

  • Hamoody is a teenager plays the violin, but he lives in a garbage dumpster with a dream that someday he will play in a concert, so his little sister seeks with the kids of the dumpster to make his dream come true.
    Chris Mathews Jr. brings an astral display of vibrant colors and dreamy swirls with the video for “Goon Years." Perhaps because Mathews also is responsible for the recording and mixing of the newest LP, the visuals flow organically with the fluid, mellow and yet still effervescent quality of the music, in symbiosis with its lyrics: “A nest of dreaming fools, just leave me with my eyes closed.”
    I went to Ireland in July with Peadar MacMahon and two other regional musicians to perform his beautiful album 'The Legacy of Percy French.' We played a bunch of shows and this short film shows the venues, the ensemble we are, and features interviews with Irish people on the significance of Percy French songs to them and the Irish psyche and cannon of songs.
    A traveller finds a mysterious statue and falls under its spell.
    Can art be created under constraints? What happens to the creative process under the pressure of time and collaboration? Five Portland musicians accept the challenge of working together to write, compose, record and mix an entire song in just one day. Viewers see behind the scenes during the songwriting process — from the small sparks which start the creative fires of collaboration, to pushing boundaries before setting structure.
    A successful music artist struggles with fame and fortune as a VooDoo woman helps bring him back to his roots remembering that music is For a Lifetime.
    Torrey Pines is a stop-motion animated feature film by director Clyde Petersen. Based on a true story, the film is a queer punk coming-of-age tale, taking place in Southern California in the early 1990's.

    Raised by a schizophrenic single mother, Petersen's life story unfolds in a series of baffling and hallucinated events. With a mother fueled by hallucinations of political conspiracy and family dysfunction, Petersen is kidnapped at the age of 12 and taken on a cross-country adventure that will forever alter the family as they know it.

    I feel that I need some kind of external visual stimulus to help me recall past events, which is part of the reason that I love taking photographs and making videos. MemoryLapse is the answer to a pretty weird question I asked myself recently: what would happen if I exported my entire photo library and made a giant chronological timelapse comprised of 32,000 photos and three years of my life? It turns out that absorbing photos at this pace results in a surprising amount of memory recall and is actually a great way to reflect on my college experience. This video is essentially a massive sensory overload, and is not recommended to viewers sensitive to rapidly flashing lights.
    Music video we produced for Bellingham band Local Ghost about a boy liking a girl, and getting disappointed.
    As the line between what ‘is’ and ‘isn’t’ authentic becomes increasingly blurred, the lack of filter between the life and music of Thomas Hansen is as rare as it is heartbreaking. Thomas Hansen was one of the most honest and uncompromising voices in Norwegian music. Haunted by the terrifying effects of mental illness, his music mirrored his life, emotional, often explosive, but always tethered to a sense of heartfelt candour.

    The life of Thomas Hansen is a story that deserves to be told. Not because he was a uniquely talented artist and not because of the violence and tragedy he left in his wake, but because of the humanity he engendered in those around him. A simple story about family and friends and an illness all too often hidden behind closed curtains. In this, the first feature documentary about his life, Thomas’s story is filtered through the memories of those closest to him. A story that slowly breaks your heart with the perfect soundtrack to accompany it.


    A video showcasing two distinct forms of performance simultaneously; live music and Luchador wrestling.
    Arcadian is a song about escapism ~ consciously & intentionally making a choice to transform from one state to another as a form of leaving something painful behind, even with a loss of identity. Arcadian has officially been accepted into the SXSW 2017 Film Festival.

    The idea behind "Arcadian" video was to create visuals that hinge on fantasy, escapism and use dance as the expressive language. A prison setting and impending execution seemed an appropriate metaphor to convey those themes. There had to be a sense realism in capturing subject matter as dark as a prisoner being executed (the "transformation"). As such, a conscience effort was made to lighten up the mood using a vibrant pink color palette. Pink became a dominate color in the fantasy world, whereas greens and pure blacks showed the stark environ of the real world.

    Song by Seattle-based indie-electronic act Symbion Project and video created by LA director Sherif R. Alabede, featuring choreography and dance by Marcos Aguirre.
    La Folía is a visual anthology of twenty-four short stories, from the imaginations of over a dozen different people and all inspired by variations on the same ancient melody. The thematic story that links La Folía’s stories begins and ends the film, returning its protagonist full circle, yet changed.

    The story follows the pain, loss, joy and redemption of a young ballet student whose body type excludes her from being considered for a role for which she is eminently qualified in skill and passion.

    The twenty-four stories underlie the young dancer’s narrative arc and embody the joy, absurdity, sorrow, fury, and ecstasy she must face before realizing her own irrational fears and doubts are all that prevent her from performing a triumphant audition.
    Meet Boston radio legend Bob Bittner whom The Boston Phoenix weekly called "The Last Auteur of Terrestrial Radio". Bob owns and is the sole programmer of four, listener supported, radio stations all of which play his carefully curated blend of American popular music from the 40s through the 80s.

    "A malignant spirit forces a girl into a perilous journey through a watery underworld." -- An authorized music video for "Atlas World" (Solomun Day Remix) by Liu Bei.

    Over centuries, lay songs have had a central place in Norwegian culture. This film is about a small community, high up in the mountains near Hardangervidda, where this musical tradition is understood and continued to this day.

    Through these songs, people around Møsvatn create meaningful stories about their lives, forming connections between past and future, memory and anticipation. Through constant interaction– from daily life to special occasions, from the cradle to the grave – songs are used to retell old stories while creating new ones, keeping a heritage alive and evolving.

    Culture is not something given, but a neverending and unfinished task. This film is about taking care of an ancient tradition, and developing it further. Warm and intimate, joyous and mournful, Every Song a Story tells us about belonging, about going away and longing for home.


  • 8:30P| AFTER PARTY
  • Briana Marela
  • Cumulus
  • I Love You Avalanche


  • Ticket info for BMFF 2018 will be available in March, 2018. Come back and visit to find out more about our affordable rates!

Submission Process

Bellingham Music Film Festival accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Find out more about deadlines, categories, fees, and other details by clicking below.

Rules & Terms

  • Please read carefully the following terms and conditions regarding any submissions you make to the Bellingham Music Film Festival. You must accept these terms and conditions before your entry can be considered.
  • All films must be focused on or inspired by music. We accept music video, narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated genres.
  • Short films and music videos must be under 20 minutes.
  • Student submissions must upload their student ID, use their school email address, and provide what school they attend to be considered a valid entry. Applicant must have been a student during production. (To upload a student ID, Go to 'My Projects' – 'View', then use the 'Files and Attachments' tool toward the lower right side of your Project Page to upload a copy of your student ID.)
  • Regional applicants must reside in Washington or Oregon during production. Regional submissions must provide current regional address.
  • All films must have been completed no earlier than January 1, 2016.
  • We invite films from all countries. However, entries must be in English or subtitled in English.
  • We only accept online submissions for review through FilmFreeway. After notification of possible acceptance, we may request a higher-resolution copy of the film than was submitted for review. If one is not provided, the festival may screen the lower-resolution copy that was submitted, or cut the film from the program at its discretion. Once accepted, the applicant will be informed of the desired specific file formats.
  • Multiple entries are allowed by each filmmaker, but will be treated as separate submissions. Entry fees are in U.S. dollars, per film entry and are non-refundable.
  • BMFF has a very limited budget to offer travel assistance to category winners, but we encourage applicants to attend and visit our beautiful community.
  • The number/value of awards given may vary depending on the number of submissions received/accepted.
  • Not all submissions are guaranteed acceptance. All decisions are made solely by BMFF, which retains the right to accept or decline any submission.
  • By submitting to the festival, the applicant agrees to allow their film to be screened by the festival during the festival run, for which they are submitting, at no charge to the festival.
  • BMFF is hereby granted the right to use the applicant’s name, the artist’s name, and utilize an excerpt or image from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival for promotional purposes.
  • The applicant is responsible for all copyrights and has secured all necessary rights for picture, sound, participants, and locations featured in the film, and exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights, including but not limited to music, images, and content. The applicant is legally authorized to enter the film in the festival and, if selected for the festival, authorized to give screening permission.
  • The applicant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Bellingham Music Film Festival, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's 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.
  • The submitted film remains the sole property of the author.
  • The committee of BMFF reserves the right modify these terms due to any unforeseen circumstances.

Venues & Organizers

Films and music will be playing at all-ages makerspace, Make.Shift Art Space and independent movie theatre, Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, Washington.


Feel free to contact us with any questions.


306 Flora St, Bellingham, WA 98225

Please allow a few days for us to get back to you.