7th Annual

Portland Film Festival

October 14, 2019 to October 20, 2019

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1126 NW Marshall St
Portland OR 97209
Phone: (503) 683-2679
Fax: (503) 218-7200

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative - Feature
Narrative films over 40 minutes in length.
Narrative - Short
Narrative films under 40 minutes in length.
Documentary - Feature
Non-fiction films over 40 minutes in length.
Documentary - Short
Non-fiction films under 40 minutes in length.
Animation - Short
Any type of animated film under 40 minutes.
For student filmmakers, age and access to resources will be considered as part of the selection and award process.
Webisode and Internet programming, either episodic or standalone.
Music Video
Music videos from around the world.
Transmedia / Cross-platform / VR
Immersive narrative experiences that connect with audiences in new ways using games, interactive videos, apps, social media characters, alternate reality games, or any story that isn't confined to a single platform.
Midnight Movie
Any genre or length. Special interest in sci-fi, horror, gore, and exploitation films.
Films made in or by LatinX filmmakers. Or stories focused on characters, documentaries or history of Latin America.
TV / Serial
Episodic content including projects created for broadcast television and/or streaming, including pilots and episodes of existing series. All submitted pilots must show the potential for serial growth and cannot have screened publicly in the Portland region prior to PDXFF19. Submitted episodes cannot have screened publicly prior to January 1, 2018.


Portland Film Festival celebrates independent film. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing filmmakers and audiences, and to celebrating the power of a good story. The festival focuses on the people, ideas, technology, skills and artistry behind filmmaking and provides both entertaining and educational opportunities to filmmakers and the public.


Our festival brings independent cinema to the people. Portland is a unique hub of creativity. It's been dubbed the Silicon Forest—a place of beauty, quirkiness and innovation. Moviemaker Magazine named our festival one the coolest film festivals in the world.

Come to our festival if you are a film enthusiast and would like to network with other film lovers
 and makers. We typically fly in national press and our jury is always filled with top names and industry insiders.

The Portland Film Festival seeks to bring filmmakers from around the world together with locals to celebrate independent cinema. This is a chance to highlight your latest project, while enjoying what other filmmakers have to offer, participate in a workshop or learn from other professionals.

Our goal is to bring a large audience to watch your films. Films will be advertised to an anticipated audience of over 350,000 in the months leading up to our festival. Our partnership with SAG AFTRA, IATSE, Northwest Documentary, NBC Universal, Oregon's Governor's Office of Film, Women in Film and others to insure a big industry and filmmaker attendance.

In addition to showcasing their films during screenings, filmmakers will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with their audience or when appropriate screen at a local school.

We have the momentum of a film-loving city behind it, along with a filmmaker’s lounge with free food, drinks and discussions, beer garden, food carts, live music and more. Come see what makes Portland Film Festival so unique.


Brad Wilke (Director of Programming); Dianne Brennan; Jennifer Arndt (Director of Hospitality); Joshua Leake (Executive Director); Prescreening Team


1. Submission Deadline
Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.

2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted on DVD or BLURAY, via a link with password (Vimeo) or the IMDB online screener only. The title, Withoutabox ID number, screening format, and running time must be clearly labeled on the disc and cover. Please avoid stickers on the cover. Submitted copies will not be returned.

3. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2017.
- There is no premiere policy for submission.

4. Premiere Status
- There is no premiere policy, except for it should NOT have had a theatrical run in Portland during the month prior to the Festival.

5. Submission Fee
All Withoutabox submissions for Portland Film Festival are to be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable.

6. Shipping
Submissions should be sent to:

Festival Submissions
Portland Film Festival
1126 NW Marshall St.
Portland, OR 97209

All shipping and postage costs for the submission package and, if the film is selected for the Festival, for all prints, tapes and additional materials sent to and returned from Portland Film Festival must be borne by the submitting party. Portland Film Festival will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Portland Film Festival will not absorb any fees incurred in customs. All charges must be pre-paid. Portland Film Festival will not accept submissions if customs and delivery fees have not been paid by the submitting party.

Submission packages from outside the US must be labeled 'Trade Sample' on any customs label and, for customs purposes, must be given a value of no more than US$10.

7. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
Strength of story
Quality of narrative and production values
Independent nature of the production

Portland Film Festival endeavors to complete all selection procedures on September 10, 2019 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping the print or DVD/BluRay and/or .mov file to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.

A selected DVD/BluRay or .mov file must be received at Portland Film Festival no later than THIRTY days prior to its scheduled screening date for features, and FORTY-FIVE days for shorts. The Portland Film Festival will take place from October 14 - 20, 2019.

8. Festival Screenings and Scheduling
Portland Film Festival has the capability to screen .mov, BluRay and DVD. We have limited capability to screen DCP. In the chance that we can screen your film in DCP, you will be required to provide the film also in a file or BluRay backup. Please clearly label whether your film is PAL or NTSC. Our facilities do NOT support 35mm, Super 16mm or double-head formats.

Our partner cinema uses pin sharp Cinema projection, making screenings look incredible.

Portland Film Festival aspires to provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection, nor will fees be refunded in any such case. Portland Film Festival assumes that the submitting party or filmmaker(s) or entrant(s) or print source company has insured for damage and loss of the festival print or tape.

Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Portland Film Festival. While every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Portland Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Portland Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. Portland Film Festival also runs daily industry screenings with limited availability during the Festival.

No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection, and no film may be screened outside the festival venue during the Festival and before its official presentation without the approval of Portland Film Festival.

9. Festival Jury Prizes
Jury prizes for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short. If short-listed for a Jury Prize, additional preview copies of the film must be provided or authorized by the submitting party if requested by Portland Film Festival.


1. I, the representative of the project being submitted (the "Film"), acknowledge and agree as follows in connection with the Film's submittal to PDXFF (the "PDXFF") for consideration for the Portland Film Festival (the "Festival"):

2. I hereby represent and warrant to the Festival that (a) I am duly authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights in the Film, to exhibit this Film at the Festival, (b) this exhibition will not violate any law or any right or consent of any person or entity and (c) the Film is not subject to litigation nor is it threatened by any litigation.

3. I further represent and warrant that, to the best of my knowledge, the exhibition of the Film at the Festival will not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity and that my Film does not constitute a defamation of any person or entity. I have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from the exhibition of the Film in connection with the Festival.

4. If accepted, I acknowledge that the Festival's presentation of the Film does not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between the Festival and I. I understand that I will not receive any compensation for such exploitation, although some prizes at the Festival may include cash awards. I acknowledge that no obligation of any kind is assumed by or may be implied against the Festival or the PDXFF because of the Festival's selection of the Film. I understand and acknowledge that the selection of my Film by the Festival does not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the Festival or the PDXFF of the content of the Film or any opinion expressed therein.

5. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the PDXFF, the Festival, the affiliate, subsidiary and parent entities of each, and the officers, directors, employees, attorneys, advisors and agents of each of the foregoing from and against any and all claims, losses, or liabilities (including reasonable attorneys' fees) that may be asserted against any of the foregoing or incurred by any of the foregoing at any time in connection with the Film or the Festival's use thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by me to the Institute or the Festival.

6. In the event that the Film is accepted into the official Festival program, myself and all other parties involved with the Film agree that the Film will not associate with nor receive support from corporations during or related to the Film's participation in the Festival that are not Official sponsors or supporters of the Festival without prior written consent of the Institute. Methods of support include: hosting a dinner, party or junket for or in conjunction with the Film, providing media space for roundtable or one-on-one interviews, etc. The PDXFF is a non-profit organization that relies on the funding of our official sponsors and supporters to produce the Festival. For an official list of sponsors and supporters, please refer to the contributors list at http://www.portlandfilmfestival.com. If you have been approached by a company or corporation that does not appear on this list, they are NOT officially aligned with the Portland Film Festival.

7. If accepted, I hereby grant without reservations, to the Festival, and their related entities (a) the right to use footage, stills and/or titles, and information from the Film for promotional purposes and (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the Film and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information. I also agree to provide contact information for the director and producer(s) of the Film and grant the Festival the right to provide this information to film industry organizations sponsoring Festival events at its discretion.

8. I represent that I am 18 years of age or older, or that if I am younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in my state, I have provided a written consent from my parent or legal guardian. I agree that any controversy arising out of or in connection with my Film and the Festival will be governed by the internal laws of the State of Oregon and conclusively determined by arbitration in the City of Portland in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association before a single arbitrator mutually agreed by the parties. I hereby waive any and all rights and benefits which I might otherwise have or be entitled to litigate any such dispute in court, including without limitation a trial by jury.

9. I acknowledge that I have read and understood the rules and regulations for submitting a film to the Festival.

10. By clicking "I Agree" below, I constitute my full and complete acceptance of the terms hereof. I acknowledge that no oral representations of any kind have been made by the PDXFF or the Festival.