Fun Happens in Portland

The official mantra of the 2015 Portland Film Festival, “Fun Happens” draws upon the public’s love for Portland and the many activities, parties and film screenings planned for the city-wide festival, scheduled for September 1-7.

Dayan Morgan-Sylvaen, Director of Events, adds, “we have over 154 hours of activities and more than 54 speakers, panelists, visiting actors and directors presenting on a variety of filmmaking topics for both the curious and seasoned professional. And don’t forget, we have several free screenings and activities for adults and families.”

PDXFF15 will be held at the most coveted independent cinema venues in Portland, Oregon including:

  • Academy Theater
  • Cinema 21
  • Clinton St Theater (Portland’s oldest continuously run theater)
  • Fifth Avenue Cinemas
  • Laurelhurst Theater
  • Living Room Theaters
  • Hollywood Theater
  • McMenamins Mission Theater
  • Pro Photo Event Center
  • Revolution Hall
  • White Space
  • Yurs

“The festival promises more classes, screenings and parties than ever before,” stated, Director of Venues, Mike Wyant, “we have these amazing historic theaters and bars in Portland—we’re going to use them to our advantage. Stay tuned for a few surprises, we’ve got some amazing things planned.”

Former member of The Decemberists and Music Liason, Ezra Holbrook, is returning to program music during events and to spotlight Portland’s thriving music scene. Director of Programming, Jason de Parrie-Turner chimed in, “Portland loves music documentaries—we have several coming, so watch out for combo screenings and music accompaniments.”

Whatever your taste in film, PDXFF15 will offer a wide variety of cinema and events. Tickets and passes will sell quickly. Make sure you purchase your tickets early.

Ticket and Pass Schedule Approximate

  • Early Bird Pass Sales for Members. July 1, 2015
  • Early Bird Pass Sales for General Public. July 15, 2015
  • Festival Schedule Announcements Begin. July 23, 2015
  • Member Advance Ticket Sales. July 20, 2015
  • General Public Ticket Sales. August 4, 2015
  • Headquarters and Ticket & Pass Sales Office. August 17, 2015

Due to sell out crowds last year, the festival has created a rush line system, holding back tickets for each screening, giving those willing wait the day of the festival access to tickets. No guarantees are offered, so make sure you purchase your tickets in advance for events you wish to attend.

With the recent screening of locally produced and shot, “Green Room,” at the Cannes Film Festival, it has brought a spotlight on Portland and the thriving community of film in Oregon. The Portland Film Festival supports the industry through its hallmark event, monthly screening series and film programs. Join us September 1-7, at the 2015 Portland Film Festival. Fun Happens in Portland!

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Portlanders: Host a filmmaker

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Creators Spotlight: Meet Alicia J. Rose

Alicia RoseAlicia J. Rose relocated to Portland over 20 years ago. She was a founding booker at the Doug Fir venue and built a robust professional portfolio, ranging from marketing/promotions, to portrait photography, to directing music videos for the likes of Cake and Mastodon. Alongside these experiences, she steadily pieced together plans for her first web series: The Benefits of Gusbandry.

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ON SALE NOW: Early-bird Passes for 2016 Portland Film Festival

Early-bird passes are now on sale for the 2016 Portland Film Festival. The early-bird prices will end soon. The eight-day festival and filmmaker conference will be held this August 29th to September 5th.

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LAST DAY TO VOTE: Best film festival in Portland

Portland publication Willamette Week has selected the Portland Film Festival as a nominee for Best Film Festival in Portland. Voting ends May 30th.

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DEADLINE: Submissions to Portland Film Festival Close Tonight!

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With the amount of filmmakers requesting deadline extensions, we’ve decided to extend our final deadline to May 31st at midnight for inclusion in the 2016 Portland Film Festival.

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Portlanders: Host a filmmaker or two!

Host a filmmaker during the film festivalThe Portland Film Festival is currently seeking homestays for visiting filmmakers for the 2016 Portland Film Festival. Housing is needed from August 27th to September 6th, although individual needs will vary. 

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Portland Film Festival Volunteer Faire & Social

Our annual Volunteer Faire will be held on May 19th at Pro Photo Supply Event Center. Learn more about the film festival and meet the people and volunteers that make our festival one of the best in world according to MovieMaker Magazine.

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Star Wars Screening & Celebration on May 4th

Portland Film Festival is hosting a celebration of Star Wars Day (May the 4th) with a program of new “Star Wars” fan films, costume contest and raffle for “Star Wars” related merchandise from the 90s, followed by a screening of “The Force Awakens.” 

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SUBMIT NOW: May 20th Submission Deadline

Shorts, features, documentaries, narratives, midnight madness, screenplays, transmedia, virtual reality and music videos are just a few categories with a May 20th deadline remaining for inclusion in the 2016 Portland Film Festival. 

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