The Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival was started in the lates 90s by the Darkwood Film Arts Institute in the city of Muskogee, Oklahoma to showcase independent motion picture projects with budgets of less than 1 million dollars (hence the name, ‘Bare Bones’) and has now celebrated over 20 years as a competition.

The film festival runs for eleven days each year in April at several different venues in Muskogee. It is seen as an opportunity for film makers and film lovers to come together and show their love and support for indie film projects. The festival includes an awards ceremony of course, but also live performances from writers, poets and musicians. 

It’s not just a festival for celebrating either – if you’re trying to break into the film industry as an indie creator, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people and to network with other creators and fans. The city of Muskogee welcomes the festival with open arms and the locals treat everyone who visits well. 

Whether you’re into narrative or short films, animated or live-action films – the festival has it all. It’s no wonder that it has been running successfully for so long. 





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