19th Annual

Port Townsend Film Festival

September 21, 2018 to September 23, 2018

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Port Townsend WA 98368
Phone: 360-379-1333
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SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Narrative
Fiction films more than 40 minutes in length
Feature Documentary
A feature-length documentary is a nonfiction film more than 40 minutes in length
Short Narrative
Fiction films, animated or live, that are less than 40 minutes in length
Short Documentary
A documentary, animated or live, less than 40 minutes in length


The mission of the Port Townsend Film Festival (PTFF) connecting audiences and filmmakers 12 months a year. We bring filmmakers and film lovers together in a community celebration of the best cinema obtainable. It's held over a three day period in late September each year. By providing a platform for independent voices, both contemporary and classic, PTFF engages filmmakers and audiences in a dialogue that brings people together in cultural exploration and understanding.


"If you had told me that there was a movie-crazy town on the tip of the Olympic Peninsula, I wouldn’t have believed you. But somehow Port Townsend is a real movie mecca. As a filmmaker, I can’t think of a place more energized around the idea of film. PTFF is the driving engine of a community of people who love movies. What the Festival has created is a treasure, to be re-discovered every year.”
Morgan Neville
Academy Award Winning Director, 20 Feet from Stardom, PTFF Special Guest 2017

Our filmmakers are treated like royalty, with an opening parade, parties, a filmmakers’ private lounge, free lodging, and pickup at SeaTac Airport. Travel support may be available!

Festival events are centered in historic walkable downtown, Victorian Port Townsend where a street is closed off in front of our showcase venues, The Rose Theatre, a restored nickelodeon, its newer companion house, the Rosebud Cinema and the newest venue, The Starlight Room. The closed street is used as an outdoor theater each evening with "family-friendly" films shown on a 35-foot high inflatable screen and seating on straw bales. Additional venues are the Key City PublicTheatre located three blocks from the closed street, the American Legion Hall, and The NW Maritime Center We also provide the Peter Simpson Free Cinema, named to honor one of our founders and director of the festival for six years, with seating for 100; content from the festival program and special features are screened at no charge, welcoming new audiences and students to independent film.

The Port Townsend Film Festival offers art house fare, foreign-language films, independent films, documentaries, cult films, classics and shorts. In its first year, all films were invitational. In 2017, more than 90 films (features and shorts) were offered in 67 presentations. That's more than three times the number of films screened the first year.

Panel discussions involving filmmakers in conversation with filmgoers were added to the roster in 2004 and their number has since tripled. The panels take place in a public, outdoor venue, so fans are able to meet and question filmmakers throughout the day, not just following their screenings.

An estimated 12,000 seats were filled during the 2017 Festival. Films and discussions were presented in seven film venues plus our outdoor cinema.
In previous years, PTFF has chosen an actor whose films have become part of the canon of classic movies:
• Tony Curtis (2000): Some Like It Hot, Sweet Smell of Success
• Eva Marie Saint (2001): North by Northwest, All Fall Down
• Patricia Neal (2002): The Day the Earth Stood Still, Hud
• Shirley Knight (2003): Dutchman
• Jane Powell (2004): Two Weeks With Love, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
• Debra Winger and Arliss Howard (2005): An Officer and a Gentleman, Big Bad Love
• Malcolm McDowell (2006): A Clockwork Orange, If
• Elliott Gould (2007): California Split, The Touch
• Piper Laurie (2008): The Hustler, Carrie
• Cloris Leachman (2009): The Last Picture Show, High Anxiety
• Dyan Cannon (2010): Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Number One
• Buck Henry (2011): Taking Off
• Bruce Dern (2012): Smile!
• Karen Allen (2013): Raiders of the Lost Ark, Starman
• John Sayles & Maggie Renzi (2014): The Secret of Roan Insish, Lonestar & Honeydripper
• Chris Cooper & Beau Bridges (2015): Adaptation & The Fabulous Baker Boys
• Karen Allen & Charlie Soap (2016): Year By The Sea & The Cherokee Word For Water
• Morgan Neville (2017) 20 Feet from Stardom & Music of Strangers, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

Now in its 19th year, PTFF continues to strengthen its reputation for outstanding programming.


Chris McFaul (Business Strategy Consultant); Chris McFaul (Program Editor); Chris McFaul (Programming Editor); Jane Julian (Program Director); Janette Force (Executive Director)



The 19th annual Port Townsend Film Festival (PTFF) will be held September 21-23, 2018.

• Feature length narrative films: more than 40 minutes
• Feature length documentaries: more than 40 minutes
• Shorts in any genre: up to 40 minutes

You are submitting to a competitive program. If selected, your film will be eligible for one or more of the following awards:
• Best Narrative Feature $2,500 cash prize
• Best Documentary Feature $2,500 cash prize
• Jim Ewing Young Director Award $1,000 cash prize
• Best Narrative Short
• Best Documentary Short
• Best Adventure Film
• Best Animated Film (of any length)
• Audience Choice is awarded in each category
• Special Jury Recognition awarded at the discretion of the jury

Early Deadline • February 10, 2018
Features $30 / Shorts $20

Regular Deadline • March 15, 2018
Features $45 / Shorts $30

Late Deadline • April 20, 2018
Features $60 / Shorts $40

Über Late • May 9, 2018
Features $85 / Shorts $45

Submit online through Withoutabox in English or with English subtitles.
We DO NOT accept Works in Progress.

• Blu-Ray
• Media Files: ProRes, MPEG4, .MOV, .MP4

Submission fees will be waived upon request for filmmakers who are:
• born in or current residents of Clallam, Jefferson, or Kitsap counties, Washington; and/or
• alumni of a previous Port Townsend Film Festival


I agree that I have secured all necessary rights for both picture and sound, and exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights including but not limited to music, images, and content. I further grant PTFF the right to use clips from the film at the Festival or online for promotional, archival, and other non-commercial uses and allow PTFF to retain one copy of the project for use in PTFF library, patron use only.