Portland Film Festival Makes Moviemaker Top 50

50 film festivals worth the entry fee: Portland Film Festival

The Portland Film Festival is excited to announce its inclusion in the Moviemaker Magazine list of “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” 

MovieMaker has compiled the list of film festivals for over 10 years, recently expanding it from 25 to 50. The criteria for selection includes a complex analysis over a broad range of topics.

According to MovieMaker Magazine, “festivals around the world were sent a survey encompassing such criteria as travel compensation, value of prizes, acceptance/submissions ratio, alumni relations, networking and press opportunities, quality of panels, workshops, and even parties.”

MovieMaker then ranks the answers on a point system and “looks into some helpful testimonials from circuit-weary moviemakers” to arrive at 50.

This is the second year that the Portland Film Festival was included on the prestigious list.

“It’s always an honor to be noticed. And knowing that others appreciate our efforts is heart warming—the real people we need to thank are the countless volunteers and thousands of hours they have donated to make the festival a reality,” said Executive Director Josh Leake, “and let’s not forget the sponsors and the filmmakers themselves—together we support our mission of bringing more independent film, cast, crew, filmmaking events and education to Portland.”

Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared Oregon the “State of Independent Film” as well as Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler added to the city’s designation of the “City of Roses,” by also naming Portland the “City of Film” during the week-long event.

The upcoming year’s festival is scheduled October 14-20. Last year, hundreds of filmmakers associated with over 207 screened films made the trek to Portland, making it the largest film festival for filmmakers by filmmakers in the state.

The Portland Film Festival has already established itself as Portland’s leading film non-profit, with hundreds of screenings, events, education programs and community partnerships providing a unique opportunity for our diverse audience to connect with filmmakers working in all different genres and forms.

In addition, the festivals hosts dozens of film and television professionals, offering filmmakers a chance to forge new relationships across the industry. MovieMaker has also named the Portland Film Festival as one of the “25 coolest film festivals of the world.”

Submission Platforms

Upcoming Deadlines

  • End-of-year Deadline — December 31, 2018 (Midnight PST)
  • Park City Deadline — January 30, 2019 (Midnight PST)
  • Discount Deadline – February 27, 2019 (Midnight PST)

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Link to MovieMaker Magazine article on 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2018: https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/best_of/50-film-festivals-worth-the-entry-fee-in-2018/34/

Link to MovieMaker Magazine article on 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World: http://www.moviemaker.com/archives/festivals/25-coolest-film-festivals-world-2014/



Volunteer Fair for the Portland Film Festival

The Portland Film Festival presented by Comcast NBC Universal is hosting its annual Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, October 2nd. The event will take place at the Hi-Lo Hotel in Downtown Portland between 5:30-8:30pm.



2018 Portland Film Festival Recap Video Released

2018 Portland Film Festival Recap Video Released presented by Comcast NBC Universal

The Portland Film Festival presented by Comcast NBC Universal has released a Video Recap of the 2018 Festival. It was held October 22nd to 28th, 2018. With over 18k attendees, volunteers and filmmakers in attendance, the Festival is one of the most attended film festivals in Oregon.