Submission FAQs

Submitting your film or script to the Portland Film Festival

  • How many times is my film or script reviewed for inclusion? Your project will be reviewed by industry professionals, past filmmakers and festival staff at least three times before a decision is made on its inclusion. We are filmmakers ourselves and make sure to give every person their opportunity.
  • Do I have to submit by Withoutabox? No, you can do a direct submission or use one of the other submission methods we have setup including Filmfestivallife.com, FilmFreeway and others.
  • Why didn’t my film/screenplay make it in? Just because your film didn’t make it into our festival, doesn’t mean, it’s not a great or even an amazing film. Every year, we are saddened to decline some of our favorites. But in many cases, we can make recommendations to other festivals and friends in the industry that may play your film. Unlike other festivals in town, we don’t only curate our selection of films; we rely primarily on our submissions.
  • Why should I submit my film to Portland Film Festival? We are the largest film festival in Portland, Oregon organized by filmmakers for filmmakers with more education and networking opportunities than most festivals around. Come to Portland for the amazing town, great people and inexpensive entertainment (tax-free shopping). We fly in reviewers and industry professionals giving you better access and support than typical festivals provide.

Film Related Questions

  • Do you prefer DVD, Bluray or Vimeo Link? We are open to all screening options and don’t carry a preference. Just get us the film to review. Once it’s been accepted, we’ll discuss preferred exhibition preferences.

Screenplay Related Questions

  • How many pages can a short script contain? Short scripts can vary depending on the length of the project.

Speaking or Workshop Suggestions

  • I’m an industry professional and would like to present on a topic important to filmmakers. Whom should I contact? Each year, we support industry professionals bringing their knowledge to our audience and filmmakers. Please contact us. We’d love to hear your ideas and add you to our schedule.

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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.” 

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.