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. The festival is scheduled for August 29 – September 5, 2016. The upcoming late deadline for submissions to the 2016 Portland Film Festival is May 20th.
Winning praise from MovieMaker Magazine, Portland Film Festival was named, “one of the coolest film festivals in the world,” as well as “worth its entry fee.” Last year’s edition brought out over 18k audience members to the seven-day event including 1200 industry members and 417 visiting filmmakers from the 226 screened films.
“What makes us different from most festivals, is our inclusion of submissions,” stated Executive Director, Josh Leake, “as a filmmaker, it always makes me mad to read of festivals that only screen 5% of actual submissions, and 95% of curated films. That’s not us. We are filmmakers ourselves and we would never do that. Submissions are important and integral to our festival ethos.”
Last years festival screened over 97% of its films from submissions, making it one of the largest submission based film festivals.
Many attending filmmakers, actors, directors and more participated on several of the 98 workshops and panels hosted at last years festival. Several even screened their projects through the festival’s community outreach program—hitting Portland area schools and homeless shelters. Leake added, “We always look for films that can play to audiences through out Portland and bringing film to underserved and sometimes forgotten audiences like homeless shelters is an important part of our community engagement.”
Social media director, Sudevi Mossé, added, “make sure you post about your submission on all of your social media accounts. If you include a tag to the festival, we’ll retweet or share it.”
Portland Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to nurturing filmmakers and audiences, and to celebrating the power of a good story. The festival focuses on the people, ideas, technology, skills and artistry behind filmmaking and provides both entertaining and educational opportunities. The festival is currently accepting film and screenplay submissions from the following platforms: