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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Oscars Watch Party with Film Industry & Friends – All Welcome

The Portland Film Festival is excited to host Portland’s longest running Oscar Watch Party of the 90th Academy Awards on March 4th at 4pm.

Watch films made by kids on Saturday, March 3rd

Walk the red carpet. Grab a balloon animal! Watch films made by kids. Come to the Kids Film Festival. Held exclusively at Laurelhurst Theater on Saturday, March 3rd. Tickets are $3 each. The doors will open at 12:30pm—come early to get a Festival swag bag, available only to the first 50 attendees. And don’t miss meeting the kid filmmakers in attendance or their Q&A after the screenings.

LIMITED TIME!! EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE on February 28th—Submit Your Film To The 2018 Portland Film Festival!

2018 Portland Film Festival

The Portland Film Festival 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, our festivals hosts dozens of film and television professionals, offering filmmakers a chance to forge new relationships across the industry.

Audience and Jury Awards Announced for the 2017 Portland Film Festival

The 5th Annual Portland Film Festival presented by Comcast announced today the feature film and short film recipients of this year’s awards in the Audience, Grand Jury and Director’s Choice. Juries of leading industry experts and esteemed filmmakers determined Jury Awards for Feature Narrative, Feature Documentary, and Short Film categories.


Why I Volunteer—meet Joe.

Meet Joe. He’s a Gyro or Rueben sandwich who loves the Academy Theater. He’s one of the many volunteers that help produce the Portland Film Festival. This year with the support of Comcast, we are highlighting volunteer stories leading up to the 2017 edition from October 30th to November 5th.

2017 Portland Film Festival Announces Line-Up

2017 Portland Film Festival

The 2017 Portland Film Festival, Presented by Comcast, will screen 152 narrative and documentary films October 30th through November 5th, 2017, at Portland’s iconic Laurelhurst Theater.


Volunteer at the 2017 Portland Film Festival

Meet Robin. She enjoys Monte Cristo’s, in intimate theaters (like Laurelhurst), while watching strong female leads in Hidden Figures and Wonder Woman! She’s one of the many volunteers that help produce the Portland Film Festival. This year with the support of Comcast, we are highlighting volunteer stories leading up to the 2017 edition from October 30th to November 5th.


Programs for #pdxff17 are here. We need your help to send them to a galaxy far far away. (Ok… let’s just start with Portland.) 


Meet Darin. He’s a chickie-chickie parm-parm that loves the Baghdad and Hollywood Theater. He’s one of the many volunteers that help produce the Portland Film Festival. This year with the support of Comcast, we are highlighting volunteer stories leading up to the 2017 edition from October 30th to November 5th.