Film Festival Studies

Film Festival Studies

Through a partnership with Clackamas Community College’s (CCC) Digital Media Communications (DMC) program, Portland Film Festival staff will teach students about the ins and outs of programming, exhibition and marketing of independent film. The class is help quarterly through an innovative partnership.

Enrollment Open for Summer Term 2015:

The class is currently accepting students for its summer term under class number DMC-199-01 (261757). The one credit course will be held Wednesdays 12-1:50pm at the Harmony Campus off of 82nd Ave. by Clackamas Town Center and in the city of Portland from June 18th to September 5th. For further information or to sign up clackamas.edu/schedule/.

Course Description:

This Film Festival Studies course provides students with the skills needed to understand and navigate the independent film distribution system of the modern day film festival. It will focus on film development skills and the processes required in today’s independent film industry. From post-production considerations to film mechanics and design to production considerations, students will utilize development tools to create plans and interactive projects to be implemented and used.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of film festivals, the film industry, distribution and markets.
  • Understand film submission, exhibition and marketing basics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage filmmakers and festival staff.
  • Implement and plan projects in the festival environment.
  • Attend and volunteer at a film festival.

Major Topic Outline:

  • Introduction to film festivals
  • Festival structure and workflow
  • Event planning and information design
  • Scheduling & Programming
  • Business Matters: Industries, Distribution and Markets
  • Specialized Film Festivals
  • Audiences and communities

For further information or to sign up for the class go to clackamas.edu/schedule/.


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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