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. 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:

Questions about submitting? Check out the Submission FAQs. Want to submit a screenplay? Submit one here. Or a film? Submit one here. Transmedia? Submit one here.

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Portlanders: Host a filmmaker

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 29th to September 5th, although individual needs will vary. 

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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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