Film Focus Group & Snacks: Session 1

Join the Portland Film Festival in deciding what films screen at this year’s Festival. So far we’ve received over 3000 submissions and we would love to have your input. From now until August 30, come grab a snack, and watch all types and genres of films.

There are only 5 attendee openings per meetup. Each focus group will last up to 120 minutes and give attendees a chance to watch films not yet distributed. In many cases, the films have not screened publicly.

Attendees will be given a ballot so that they can vote on each film. Come to one or go to all the focus groups and help put Portland’s stamp on what MovieMaker Magazine calls, one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world.

NOTE: You will be watching films submitted to screen at the Portland Film Festival. You will not be recorded like most focus groups. We will provide snacks and beverages. All you have to do is watch films and vote with a yes, maybe or no. Thanks again for volunteering.



NOW OPEN: Submissions for the 2023 Portland Film Festival

Portland Film Festival


Filmmakers, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The Portland Film Festival is now accepting submissions for 2023. We are looking for good films with compelling stories. Do you have any suggestions? Please submit your narrative features, documentaries, shorts of all kinds, transmedia, web series, student films, TikToks, Reels, music videos, and more.

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Get the inside scoop on all film premieres and fun at the 2023 Portland Film Festival presented by Comcast. This year’s Festival, held October 12th – 16th, 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.