2021 Portland Film Festival Announces Award Winning Films

Portland Film Festival

All winners of the 2021 Portland Film Festival have been announced in full. The Portland Film Festival presented a live awards show on Saturday, November 3rd. The Audience Awards were announced shortly after the conclusion of the Festival. Both announcements celebrate the importance of independent voices and cinema in our culture.

The 2021 Portland Film Festival Award Winners
All films screened during the 2021 Portland Film Festival were selected from over 5,000 entries. All of the films screened were selected from a blind submission process. The winners for each category are:

Street Heroines directed by Alexandra Henry won Best Documentary.

Lune directed by Aviva Armour-Ostroff and Arturo Perez Torres won Best Narrative.

This Is Not A War Story directed by Talia Lugacy won Best Director

Neurodivergent directed by Afton Quast Saler won Best Documentary Short.

Georgia directed by Jayil Pak won Best Narrative Short.

World of Henna directed by Melanie Ooi and Erika Ryn won the Best of Portland Award.

Shaina directed by Beautie Masvaure Alt won Best International Film.

Twisted directed by Richey Beckett and Johanna Warren won Best Music Video Award.

The Great American Lowrider Tradition directed by Martin Torrez won the Breaking Barriers Award.

Porcupine directed by M Cahill won the Director’s Choice Award.

My Promise to PJ directed by Daniel Baldwin won the Trailblazer Award.

Nisqually Moving Forward directed by Caleb Jacobson won the Stacy Stevens Indigenous Spirit Award.

When Claude Got Shot directed by Brad Lichtenstein won the Portland Business Journal Award.

Nanakorobi Seven Falls directed by Glenna Burmer and Gaby Breiter won the Will Vinton Creativity Award.

Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust directed by Ann A. Kaneko won the Asian Voices Award.

Flowers & Bikes directed by Daniel Kayamba won the Black Voices Award.

iGilbert directed by Adrian Martinez won the Latinx Voices Award.

Our dad, Danielle directed by Sarah King won the LGBQT+ Voices Award.

First Time Home directed by Esmirna Librado, Noemi Librado Sanchez, Esmeralda Ventura, and Heriberto Ventura won the Rising Voices Award.

Bring Them Home directed by Rike Boomgaarden won the Veterans’ Voices Award.

The Berrigans: Devout & Dangerous directed by Sue Hagedorn won the Voices of Activism Award.

Skating Polly: Ugly Pop directed by Henry Mortensen won the Voices of Music Award.

Americanish directed by Iman Zawahry won the Woman’s Voices Award.

Cripled directed by Cassidy Poling won the Voices of Ability Award.

Portland Film Festival introduced eight award categories in 2021 to better recognize the wealth of exceptional talent working in independent cinema today.

Audience Award Winner Our dad, Danielle.

Audience Award Winners
Portland Film Festival screened films both online and on Comcast’s Xfinity platform, allowing audience members to watch a selection of films by simply saying “Portland Film Festival,” into their Xfinity or Flex remote. The audience was polled and we have determined the following audience award-winning films.

Our dad, Danielle directed by Sarah King won the Audience Award for Documentary Feature.

Hetero directed by KJ Kieras and Bentley Eldridge won the Audience Award for Narrative Feature.

Neurodivergent directed by Afton Quast Saler won the Audience Award for Short Documentary.

Frank & Emmet directed by Carlos F. Puertolas won the Audience Award for Short Narrative.

Excuse My Accent directed by Richard Stan won the Audience Award for Music Videos.

Audience Favorites
Films that were rated highly by our audiences:
Anchor Point directed by Holly Tuckett.
Paddles on the Water directed by Austyn Steelman.
Witness Underground by Scott Homan.
If You Can Ever Get Back directed by Taylor Lee Nagel, Emma Findlen Leblanc, and Philip Sands.
Crazy Cat Lady directed by Garret Clancy.
The Berrigans: Devout & Dangerous directed by Sue Hagedorn.
These Final Hours directed by Lionel Coleman.
We All Die Alone directed by Jonathan Hammond.

Portland Film Festival introduced the Audience Favorite category in 2021 to better recognize our audience’s excitement of exceptional talent working in independent cinema today.

Click here to download a pdf from MovieMaker Magazine featuring the 2021 award winners.

Film Festival Submissions Are Open for the 2022 Portland Film Festival

The 2022 Portland Film Festival will be held from October 12th to 22nd. 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.

Submit a film to the 2022 Portland Film Festival, click here.



Volunteer Event: Pizza Social & Volunteer Sign Up

Come learn about volunteering with the Portland Film Festival. There are many reasons to volunteer, including supporting independent voices, meeting new friends, having fun, seeing lots of films, and more. You can also meet our staff, other volunteers, filmmakers, and fellow film lovers.

WHEN: Sunday, August 7th, 2022, 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

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Photos of a vibrant audience watching movies at Portland Film Festival.

Get the inside scoop on all film premieres and fun at the 2022 Portland Film Festival presented by Comcast. This year’s Festival, held October 12th – 22nd, will take place both in-person and virtually. And for Comcast customers, you will get exclusive access through cutting-edge technology by simply saying “Portland Film Festival” in your Xfinity or Flex voice remote.

2022 Volunteer Recruitment Event

WHEN: Wednesday April 20th, 2022 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

WHERE: 1126 NW Marshall St, Portland

Please stop in on Wednesday evening to learn how you can contribute! Meet our staff and filmmakers and filmlovers. You can RSVP here.

Contact volunteeer@portlandfilm.org for more information if you can’t make this in-person event.