Our Mission

130827-184638-0260Portland Film Festival is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting independent voices. We nurture filmmakers and audiences, and celebrate the craft of storytelling. We stand by the belief of equity for all people, regardless of background, socioeconomic means or physical ability. The festival focuses on the people, ideas, technology, skills and artistry behind filmmaking and provides both entertaining and educational opportunities to the public and filmmakers.

Goals and objectives

  • Establish, fund and curate a fun and well-organized annual film festival
  • Provide FREE and or low cost screenings and education opportunities
  • Provide a platform for filmmakers from Portland, Oregon, the US and the world
  • Become a positive force in Portland that helps fill cultural voids
  • Nurture Portland’s commitment to the arts by building a national and global stage that showcases the city’s unparalleled and vibrant artistic community
  • Host a series of affordable film-related events throughout the year that brings together and inspire families, students and community and business leaders
  • Develop year round educational outreach, to inspire learning and expand the knowledge of cinema and the appreciation of the film making process
  • Advocate for and support local Portland and Oregon businesses and create needed development and sponsorship opportunities for the community
  • Utilize technology, social networking and various forums of media, to ensure access to all multi-platform experience
  • Mobilize and empower organizations and institutions to ensure all who are interested have an opportunity to participate in PDXFF activities
  • Support independent voices


Indie Film Series: Music & Dance

Independent voices are more vital to our culture and need more support than ever before. Join the Portland Film Festival in amplifying independent filmmakers monthly with the Indie Film Series on April 15-18. This month will spotlight Music & Dance.

Indie Film Series: Women’s Voices

Independent voices are more vital to our culture and need more support than ever before. Join the Portland Film Festival in amplifying filmmakers monthly with the Indie Film Series on March 18-21. This month will spotlight Women’s Voices in honor of Women’s History Month.

Indie Film Series: Black Voices

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Film Festival Day Screening of UNAPOLOGETIC

Film Festival Day Screening of documentary Unapologetic by director Ashley O'Shay supporting Portland Film Festival.

On January 16th, film festival audiences from across North America will join together for a virtual screening of Ashley O’Shay’s documentary, UNAPOLOGETIC.