New Festival Dates & Early-Bird Passes on Sale Now

New Festival Dates for 2019 Portland Film Festival


Week-Long Event Showcases Independent Film

Portland – December 21, 2018 – The Portland Film Festival announced today its new festival dates to be held October 14th to October 20th, 2019.

“What a great way to celebrate our seventh year of the Portland Film Festival – by celebrating the independent filmmakers, who represent the best of truly independent thinking,” said Josh Leake, Founder and Executive Director of the Portland Film Festival. “Having it during October gives us an incredible opportunity to host an engaging event when its cold outside.”

“Our program is coming along splendidly and we’ve found a few tracts that will be of importance,” added Leake. “Last year over 52% of our films were from female directors—we had more female directors than any other film festival in the state—it’s an important goal of our festival to better represent our growing and changing population.”

“With over 1400 visiting directors, actors and local industry members last year, our audience watched movies with the people that created them. And this upcoming year won’t be any different,” added Leake.

The annual Portland Film Festival will take place October 14th – October 20th, 2019 Last year’s festival was held at Portland’s newest creative building called Custom Blocks. This year’s location has not been announced yet, but the program will include over 28 narrative and documentary feature films, 54 short films, over 10 educational panels & forums, archival screenings, as well as events, parties & industry networking opportunities.

Attendees and alumni of the film festival include Aisha Tyler, Mario Van Peebles, K.D. Lang, Rosamund Pike, Bill Plympton, Charisma Carpenter, Gary Oldman, Josh McDermitt, Jim O’Heir, Eli Roth, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Abby Elliott, Chris Williams, Chuck Palahniuk, Jason Mamoa, Doug Benson and more.

Films screened at the Portland Film Festival are reviewed through an open call for submissions. Last year, over 97% of the films selected were by blind submission. If you have a film you’d like the festival to consider, please visit to submit.

Passes are now on sale at the lowest prices of the season until December 31st for our end-of-the-year discount. For more information, visit



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Photo of Portland Film Festival audience

Submit your film to the Portland Film Festival before Midnight PST, Wednesday, March 27th to get the Early Bird submission fee. Prices go up, so don’t miss the cheapest price to submit now!



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