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.


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.