17th Annual

Port Townsend Film Festival

September 23, 2016 to September 25, 2016

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Port Townsend WA 98368
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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.


Established in 1999, the Port Townsend Film Festival (PTFF) was created by four local movie lovers who wanted to re-create the intimate experience of watching and discussing films they enjoyed annually at the Telluride Film Festival.

"I don't know if you know how magical a place Port Townsend is, but if you don't, you should find out. This is a tiny town on an incredible bay with four independent bookstores and a ton of people who love film. I'm smiling because this place, this festival is, like I said, magical." Chris Cooper, who along with Beau Bridges were last year's special guests.

Producer Maggie Renzi writes, "PTFF is what I dream about when we make films. I dream we'll meet living breathing people who go to our movies. We'll meet people who have always loved our movies and people who have just discovered them. This is what heaven must be like, where everybody gets your jokes. And run like clockwork by grown ups, at sea level"

The motto "Port Townsend Film Festival: A film lover's block party celebrating great films and filmmakers" has served as the guiding principle for the festival since its first event in September 2000.

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 2015, 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 9,500 seats were filled during the 2014 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

The Festival hosts many filmmakers and industry guests (58 attended in 2014) to engage with audiences in Q&As and formal and informal gatherings held throughout the weekend.

Now in its 16th year, PTFF continues to strengthen its reputation for outstanding programming. About the 2009 Festival, Moira Macdonald of The Seattle Times wrote:

In Port Townsend last weekend, the leaves were golden, the sun was bright and the stars were everywhere. Cloris Leachman, delightfully uncensored, charmed the crowds all weekend. Robert Osborne, the debonair host of Turner Classic Movies, brought his encyclopedic knowledge of classic film. Lena Horne sparkled from the screen in the 1943 musical "Cabin in the Sky," with her daughter Gail Buckley on hand to share stories. Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron whirled on the big outdoor screen in "An American in Paris," below an indigo sky that glittered as if strewn with diamonds.


Jane Julian (Program Director); Janette Force (Executive Director); Victoria O'Donnell (Admin); Victoria ODonnell (Filmmaker)



The 16th annual Port Townsend Film Festival (PTFF) will be held September 23-25, 2016

• 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
• Best Documentary Feature
• Best Narrative Short
• Best Documentary Short
• Best Animated Film (of any length)
• Audience Choice in all categories
as well as special prizes awarded at the discretion of the jury.

Submit two (2) DVDs or Blu-Ray of your film
• Region 1 or 0
• NTSC format (not PAL)
• English or English subtitles
DVD+RW and DVD-RW are NOT acceptable. Submitted DVDs will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed and PREPAID envelope. Please DO NOT submit Works in Progress.

• Blu-Ray Region 1 or 0; NTSC
• Media Files: .flv, .mpg, .mov, .avi

Early Deadline • February 9, 2015 Features $30 / Shorts $20
Regular Deadline • March 16, 2015 Features $45 / Shorts $30
Late Deadline • April 20, 2015 Features $60 / Shorts $40
WAB Late • April 25th, 2014 Features $85 / Shorts $45

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 PTFI the right to use clips from the film at the Festival or online for promotional, archival, and other non-commercial uses and allow PTFI to retain one copy of the project for use in PTFI library, patron use only.