We are an intimate vibrant festival in one of the most beautiful locations in the United States: Borrego Springs, CA.

The film screenings take place at the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center every January.

Our community supports the festival and always sells-out our festival passes. Packed houses and a raucous Q&A are all part of the event. We’re an old-school film festival. You’ll meet and greet your audience, have a blast, and interact with everyone!

BSFF filmmakers are honored guest in our town. We'll treat you to a wonderful opening gala, parties, a private lounge area, and discount lodging in Borrego Springs.

One huge theater, one big screen, and endless community enthusiasm, it's a winning combo.

The Borrego Springs Film Festival is a young and popular Southern California juried film festival in the categories of narrative, documentary, animation, latino, and short films.

The Borrego Springs Film Festival occurs in our small desert resort town surrounded by the 640,000 acres of Anza Borrego Desert State Park. This natural beauty has long attracted tourists and filmmakers and explains the area's strong historical connection to cinema production.

The earliest feature was made here in the 1920's and over 60 films have been shot here since. Film industry personalities come to Borrego Springs to live, work, and play. We welcome your creative energy to our film festival and invite you to join us in building a tradition celebrating innovative filmmaking.

The Borrego Springs Film Festival is an all-volunteer production of The Borrego Festivals Foundation in cooperation with the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.

To enrich our community by providing a forum to present and discuss independent films and educate film enthusiasts, especially young people, about the artistic, business, and creative processes of independent filmmaking.

Present a five day film festival that is open to the public and invited guests.

  •  Networking opportunities for filmmakers to connect with other attendees.
  •  Film screenings, with filmmaker question-and-answer sessions.
  •  Panel discussions.
  •  Presentations of student-made films especially by local students.                 
  •  Awards and recognition


The Foundation was formed by the Chamber & Visitors Bureau in 2012 to better meet the needs of the community as an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit charity.  

The BFF operates with a purpose to promote the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the community of Borrego Springs, California by funding, organizing and promoting sports and recreation, visual and performing arts, and volunteer motivation and leadership development for projects and programs that contribute to the civic, cultural and educational advancement of Borrego Springs and its area communities.



The CVB was formed by Borrego Springs community leaders in 1950 and is an IRS recognized 501(c)(6) nonprofit membership organization that represents private enterprise and community members interested in the economic health and vitality of our community.  

It is the CVB mission to provide leadership and act as a catalyst in creating a vibrant economic environment that supports business growth and attracts people to visit and live here.