Who We Are

The Portland Film Festival is a volunteer driven organization. Our story is made possible by a host of people including those taking tickets at doors for screenings, watching and evaluating submitted films, communicating with our filmmakers, facilitating parties and workshops, posting on social media, driving VIP guests to events, and acquiring sponsorships. The Portland Film Festival directors help bring it all together and there is plenty of space for you to join us!

A portrait of Joe Edwards

Joe Stevens

Director of Programming

A portrait of Jennifer Arndt

Jennifer Arndt

Director of Operations

A portrait of Josh Leake

Josh Leake

Executive Director & Co-Founder

A portrait of Ben Edwards

Ben Edwards

Director of Media

A portrait of Michael Kurtz

Michael Kurtz

Technical Director

A portrait of Robin Klein

Robin Klein

Director of Merchandise and Indigenous Voices Programmer

A portrait of Andrea Danehower

Andrea Danehower

Sales and Development

A portrait of Holly Popkin

Holly Popkin

Director of Volunteers

A portrait of Sara Egert

Sara Egert

Special Project Development

A portrait of Candace McDowell

Candace McDowell

Cultural Development

A portrait of Stacey Stevens

Stacey Stevens

In whose memory and with honor, we award The Stacey Stevens Indigenous Spirit Award.

And our many volunteers with whom we could not do all we do. Everyone belongs. Join us!

Leah Faure
Our staff artist Leah Faure





Indie Film Series: Voices of Pride

Pride rainbow flag with added text:  Portland Film Festival Indie Film Series

This month’s Indie Film Series will celebrate Pride Month with 9 independent films from June 24-27, 2021. Indie Film Series: Voices of Pride.

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.

This month’s Indie Film Series will spotlight Voices of Ability — A Future of Inclusion. Join us in watching this special series of independent films, May 20-23, 2021.

Indie Film Series: Music & Dance

This month’s Indie Film Series will spotlight Music and Dance. Join the Portland Film Festival in watching this special series of independent films. April 15-18, 2021.

Indie Film Series: Women’s Voices

This month will spotlight Women’s Voices in honor of Women’s History Month. Join the Portland Film Festival in watching this special series of independent films featuring women directors. March 18-21, 2021

Indie Film Series: Black Voices

Indie Film Series: Black Voices presented by Portland Film Festival to be held on February, 18-21. 2021

Our first month will spotlight Black Voices in honor of Black History Month. The Indie Film Series will screen from February 18-21, 2021.

Save the date for Portland Film Festival. October 10-16, 2021. Please share. ❤️

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Special 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.