Who We Are



Gretchen Lovell, Director of Community Outreach & Development
Gretchen began her career in event management in 2007, creating custom fundraising events for Boston-based nonprofits. She brought her skills and expertise over to the City of Roses when she relocated in 2009, raising funds and managing events for youth development organizations. Her passion is giving all people access to tools they need to achieve their dreams and sees this accomplished through PDXFilm. This year, Gretchen is charge of sponsorships, partnerships and human resources for PDXFilm. In her spare time, you can find Gretchen cooking, practicing yoga, rock climbing and getting outdoors in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest.






221395_10150558068110304_2298412_oDayan Morgan-Sylvaen, Director of Conference & Schedule
Dayan Morgan-Sylvaen is an accomplished and creative makeup artist with experience in all aspects of media makeup: fashion, effects, video and print.

Her training, education and affable personality provides her clients with a dependable, detail-oriented, and multi-faceted professional to add to the success of the creative team of any project. A seasoned professional, she thrives within the production budget and schedule, regardless of the nature, scope or location.

Dayan’s diverse background and experience creates a unique style accredited only to her artistic talent. She has the innate ability to transform her subject, no matter the gender, ethnicity or character portrayal.

Whether her responsibilities take her on location to a motion picture set, television studio, video session or to a photographic makeup shoot for a catalog, Dayan displays her mastery for creating the right look, a “flawless on film” look, whether by artistry techniques, beautiful skin tones, breath-taking shading or coordinating exquisite colors always with the needs, goals and objective of the project foremost in her presentation.




joshleakeJosh Leake, Executive Director & Co-Founder
Portland-based producer and director Josh Leake is the founder and executive director of the Portland Film Festival, named one of the world’s “coolest” film festivals by MovieMaker Magazine. He produced “Glena,” a feature length documentary that premiered at Slamdance ’14 (now available on Showtime and VOD). His film, “Emptys,” a documentary about people who collect beverage containers as their principal source of income, won first place at Tropfest New York, the world’s largest short film festival. He’s currently in development on several projects including a feature narrative adapted from a NY Times best-selling book. Follow him on Twitter @joshleake

ON SALE NOW: Early-bird Passes for 2017 Portland Film Festival

Portland Film Festival

Early-bird passes are now on sale for the 2017 Portland Film Festival. The early-bird prices will end soon. The seven-day festival and filmmaker conference will be held this October 30th to November 5th.

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 2017 Portland Film Festival. Housing is needed from October 30th to November 5th, although individual needs will vary. 

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.