Buying Tickets

  • When will tickets be available for sale? Workshops will be available around September 30th and film tickets will be around October 15th, 2017 for the 2017 Festival.
  • How much will tickets be? $5 for screenings before 5pm and $12 per screening after 5pm during the whole festival.
  • Do I have to buy tickets online? No, we will have a limited number of tickets available the day of for every screening. We encourage you to order early to avoid sold out shows. If tickets are sold out online, you can come to the theater at least 30 minutes prior to the screening you wish to attend and wait in the STANDBY LINE. There are usually tickets available but not guaranteed.

Buying Passes

  • When will passes be available for sale? Around July 14th, 2017 for the 2017 Festival.
  • How much will passes be? The prices will be posted around July 14th, 2017 for the 2017 Festival.
  • Do I have to buy passes online? No, we are working with our theater partners to sell passes at their venues. Stay tuned for more information as it comes available.

Sponsoring/Donating to the festival

  • Can I just donate money to help support the festival and its operations? Yes, please do so by contacting us. We are organized as a 501c (3) and have the IRS designation.
  • My business makes something I think that could benefit the festival. Whom should I contact about donating services or products? We are interested in hearing about your ideas of helping the festival. Please contact our development officer for further information. Click on the contact us link under About tab.


  • Do you need volunteers before the festival? Yes, we are a year-round organization with events every month. You can volunteer with us before, during or after the festival. Check out the Volunteer section to sign-up or for more information.
  • If I volunteered in the past, can I get a discount on tickets or passes? Contact our volunteer coordinator for more information.
  • Is there an age requirement for the film festival? As long as the person volunteering is accompanied by an adult and has permission from their guardian, we are open to working with volunteers of any age.

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, volunteers and festival staff—we attempt to view every submission at least three times before a final 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 Film Freeway, Filmfestivallife.com or others.
  • Why didn’t my film 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.

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.

Advertising Opportunities

  • Do you have any advertising opportunities during the festival? Yes, please contact us to discuss the opportunities currently available. Our program, on screen and venue packages are available to fit most budgets.

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Filmmaker Welcome Reception & Champagne Toast (Open to the Public)

Champagne Toast & Filmmaker Reception at Portland Film Festival, Portland, Oregon

To celebrate the independent spirit and importance of creative arts in Portland, Oregon, the public is invited to walk the red carpet, meet visiting and local filmmakers and toast with a glass of champagne and hors d’oeuvres the opening of the 2018 Portland Film Festival presented by Comcast NBC Universal.

ON SALE NOW: Early-Bird Passes for 2018 Portland Film Festival

2018 Portland Film Festival Pass Sales

Early-bird passes are now on sale for the 2018 Portland Film Festival presented by Comcast NBC Universal. The early-bird prices will end soon. Last year passes sold out in the first two weeks. Don’t miss out on the seven-day film festival held October 22-28.

Oregon’s Largest Film Industry Networking Event

Portland Film Festival Film Industry Speed Networking Event

Looking for work? Seeking crew for a film or commercial? Want to expand your business? Or simply interested in meeting like-minded people in the film industry? Come to the Portland Film Festival’s opening Film Industry Speed Networking Event presented by Comcast Business.

Support Creative Arts in Portland and Host a Filmmaker

Host a filmmaker during the film festival

The Portland Film Festival is currently seeking homestays for visiting filmmakers for the 2018 Portland Film Festival. Housing is needed from October 21-29, although individual needs may vary.