Film Festival Submission FAQs

Submitting your film 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 FilmFreeway? No, you can do a direct submission.
  • Why didn’t my film 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.
  • Last year we selected 100% of our program from open submissions.

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.

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 on September 30, 2022.


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

Sign up for Tickets and 2022 Portland Film Festival Announcements

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.

2022 Volunteer Recruitment Event

Portland Film Festival volunteer in front of screen

WHEN: Wednesday March 16th, 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.

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

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.