Mission

130827-184638-0260Portland Film Festival is a 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 to the public and filmmakers.

Goals and objectives

  • Establish, fund and curate a fun and well-organized annual film festival
  • Provide FREE and or low cost screenings and education opportunities
  • Provide a platform for filmmakers from Portland, Oregon, the US and the world
  • Become a positive force in Portland that helps fill cultural voids
  • Nurture Portland’s commitment to the arts by building a national and global stage that showcases the city’s unparalleled and vibrant artistic community
  • Host a series of affordable film-related events throughout the year that brings together and inspire families, students and community and business leaders
  • Develop year round educational outreach, to inspire learning and expand the knowledge of cinema and the appreciation of the film making process
  • Advocate for and support local Portland and Oregon businesses and create needed development and sponsorship opportunities for the community
  • Utilize technology, social networking and various forums of media, to ensure a multi-platform experience
  • Mobilize and empower organizations and institutions to ensure all who are interested have an opportunity to participate in PDXFF activities


EARLY BIRD DEADLINE—Submit Your Film by April 10th

Photo of Portland Film Festival audience

Submit your film to the Portland Film Festival held in October before Midnight PST, Friday, April 10th to get the Early Bird submission fee. Prices go up, so don’t miss the cheapest price to submit now!

Portland Film Festival Makes Moviemaker Top 50

50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2019

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

Volunteer Coffee with the Portland Film Festival

The Portland Film Festival is hosting its annual Volunteer Coffee Event on Sunday, January 5th. The event will take place at the Hi-Lo Hotel in Downtown Portland between 9:30-11:00am.