Submit your film to Portland Film Festival

The 2021 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.

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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. Every filmmaker that submits a film has equal opportunity to be selected.

Past attendees and alumni include Lena Headey, Audrey Plaza, Aisha Tyler, Mario Van Peebles, Miro Sorvino, 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, 2021!

Submission Platforms

Deadlines

  • Early Bird – March 31, 2021 (PST Midnight)
  • Regular Deadline – April 28, 2021 (PST Midnight)
  • Late Deadline – May 26, 2021 (PST Midnight)
  • Extended Deadline – June 30,  (PST Midnight)

Notification date

  • September 8, 2021 (PST Midnight Approximately)

Questions? Check out our Submission FAQs.


Indie Film Series: Voices of Ability

Graphic with text. Portland Film Festival presents the Indie Film Series. May 20-23. May's focus is on Voices of Ability. Films made with, by and about people with disabilities.

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 May 20-23. This month will spotlight Voices of Ability — Future of Inclusion.

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.