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Portland Film Festival

The Storytellers' Festival & Conference
Festival: September 1–7, 2015  
Film & Screenplay Competitions

May 15, 2015 - Extended Deadline

The seven day event (September 1–7, 2015) will include film screenings, Q&As, filmmaker workshops, classes, panels and parties in locations throughout Portland, Oregon, as well as online.

The festival was named as one of the “Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, as well as one of the "50 Festivals Worth its Submission Fee." The fest has over 20k in cash and prizes split across most genres and film lengths.



Portland Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions for 2015

Portland Film Festival

Portland Film Festival (September 1st – 7th, 2015) is excited to announce its Call for Entries in all categories including student, transmedia, web, short and feature length films.

The largest and most highly attended film festival in Oregon in 2013, PDXFF presented over 145 features/documentary films and short films to an audience of more than 525,000 (23k in person and over 500k online). The festival had over 300 volunteers, 236 visiting and local cast and crew from showcased films and attracted over 1200 filmmakers to the city-wide event.

The Festival was named one of the “coolest festivals in the world,” by MovieMaker Magazine in 2014, and included in the “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in 2015.

Portland's love for film (Portland has more independent movie theaters in the heart of its city per capita than any other city in the world besides Paris.) makes the city the most appropriate setting for new films to be seen, tested, and celebrated by everyone - fan and filmmaker alike.

Attendees and alumni of the film festival include Eli Roth, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Abby Elliott, Chris Williams, Chuck Palahniuk, Jason Mamoa, Doug Benson, Wendy Froud, Brian Froud, Toby Froud, Penny Lane, Chelsea Cain, Daniel Wilson, Chelsey Reist, Isaac Feder, James Franco, Lorenza Izzo, Matt Walsh, Susan Sarandon, Michael Tully, Ryan Murdock, Kelly Reichardt, Kris Kaczor, Bryan Storkel, Leah Warshawski, Daryl Hannah, Vivian Norris, Karney Hatch, Jon Matthews, Dana Nachman, Mitchell Jackson, John Jeffcoat, Shawn Telford, Leah Meyerhoff, Mark Raso, David Zellner, Bradley King and more.

In 2015, we’ll be introducing our Golden Axe Award (Visiting filmmakers will get an opportunity to throw axes with professional supervision by a local Forestry Club.) PDXFF is proud to offer over $22,000 in prizes and awards.

Prizes and Awards

These juried awards are given for excellence in filmmaking, form and content. Additional prizes of goods and services will also be awarded:

  • New Directors Competition (International 1st and 2nd time directors)

  • $500 Narrative Competition

  • $500 Documentary Competition

  • $250 Short Film: Narrative

  • $250 Short Film: Documentary

  • $250 Music Video

  • $400 Screenplay: Unproduced screenplay

  • $20,000 Screenplay: Oregon Production Film Grant including crew and equipment to produce your project.

  • $500 Midnight Screening – Best Film in the Universe Award

Submission Deadlines (may vary with category)

  • Regular: April 14, 2015

  • Late Deadline: May 6, 2015

  • Withoutabox Final: May 15, 2015

  • Final Deadline: May 22, 2015

Submission Categories
Professionals, amateur and student filmmakers working in all aesthetic disciplines, lengths and genres including but not limited to narrative, documentary, animation, web, transmedia, music video, experimental of varied lengths from feature, short to micro are welcome to submit.

  • All genres

  • All lengths and mediums (ie. feature, short, web, transmedia)

Submission Platforms


Submit your film | Submit your screenplay

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