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

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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

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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





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.