Submission FAQs

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 and festival staff at least three times before a decision is made on its inclusion. We are filmmakers ourselves and we make sure to give every person their opportunity.
  • I use Vimeo and no one from Portland or Oregon viewed my film—what’s up? We have screeners from around the world. The vast majority of our prescreens are alumni filmmakers that do not reside in Portland or Oregon. Pre-screeners for the Portland Film Festival are industry members or cinephiles. We select a diversity of tastes and screeners to insure most genres get their due. As we stated before, we are filmmakers ourselves and we make sure 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 Filmfestivallife.com, FilmFreeway and others.
  • Why didn’t my film/screenplay 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.

Film Related Questions

  • Do you prefer DVD, Bluray or Vimeo Link? We are open to all screening options and don’t carry a preference. Just get us the film to review. Once it’s been accepted, we’ll discuss preferred exhibition preferences.

Screenplay Related Questions

  • How many pages can a short script contain? Short scripts can vary depending on the length of the project.

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.

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Notification of Acceptance

  • We will notify all submissions by midnight August 30th, 2018.


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

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.

WHY I VOLUNTEER: Meet Robin

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.

GET A FREE TICKET TO SEE STAR WARS!

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.) 

WHY I VOLUNTEER: Meet Darin

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.

EARLY-BIRD Pass Prices End 10/23

Passes are the only way to go! Whether you buy to take advantage of the Honored Guest Pass price, jump for All Access or opt for the VIP experience, you can enjoy over 154 movies, workshops, panels, parties and more at the 2017 Portland Film Festival.

WHY I VOLUNTEER: Meet Dayan

Why I VOLUNTEER: Meet Dayan

Meet Dayan. She’s a caprese on a baguette that loves the Portland community and seeing filmmakers getting their “babies” on screen. 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.

Industry Pass: Rush into everything #PDXFF17

Every year, more and more industry comes to Portland Film Festival to make connections, see movies, attend workshops, panels and classes. This year, we are continuing to sell a pass exclusive to members of the film, television, internet and video industries—the industry pass and it’s now on sale!