Submit your film to Portland Film Festival

The 2020 Portland Film Festival is Actively Looking for Films

The Portland Film Festival has already 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.

Laurels For the Portland Film Festival
Featuring a rich program of films in the Fiction, Non-Fiction, World Cinema, Transmedia, Short and Student Filmmaking categories, as well as a program dedicated to the work of filmmakers from Portland, the Portland Festival offers emerging and established artists to present their films in a world-class screening environment, with curated competitions, Audience Awards, and opportunities to reach attending members of the national press.

One hundred percent of our films last year were selected from blind submissions.

Past attendees and alumni include Aisha Tyler, Mario Van Peebles, Joe Dante, Sam Hamm, Mark Boone Junior, Eli Roth, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Abby Elliott, Chris Williams, Chuck Palahniuk, Jason Mamoa, Doug Benson, Josh McDermott, Jim O’Heir, Vanna White, Leslie Dixon and more.

Hosted in one centralized location in Portland, its public transportation and accessibility are matched by very few cities. Portland offers a relaxed community and quirky environment with sophisticated audiences deeply engaged in the art of film. Submit your film today and join us for the annual Portland Film Festival, coming in October, 2020!

Submission Platforms


  • New Year – January 22, 2020 (Midnight)
  • Park City – January 29, 2020 (Midnight)
  • Discount – February 26, 2020 (Midnight)
  • Early-Bird – March 25, 2020 (Midnight)
  • Regular – April 29, 2020 (Midnight)

Notification date

  • September 10, 2020 (Approximately)

Questions? Check out our Submission FAQs.

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 92nd Academy Awards on February 9th at 4pm.

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.