In researching Monday’s post, Oregon Film and Video Industry Blogs and Resources, I accumulated quite the collection of film festival links as well.
In cursory internet searching, I could not find another comprehensive list of Portland film festivals, so I figured I could put my list to good use, which manifested itself as the list below.
The festivals are organized by month, alphabetically therein. But take this timeline with a grain of salt, as festivals dates do move around from year to year. At the same time be aware some festivals go on hiatus, or disappear, or change their names or missions. (So basically, don’t plan on any of these happening when I say they will, and be aware some of them may not occur at all this year, or ever again.)
I’d like to thank Harold Phillips for his help in compiling this list. In addition, Shawn Levy reviewed the list and suggested a few more. Thanks guys!
Reel Music is the Film Center’s annual showcase exploring the lively interplay between sound and image, music and culture.
Cascade Festival of African Films
Portland International Film Festival
Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival
The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POW Fest) places a spotlight on women filmmakers by showcasing their work and strengthening the community of women in film.
Filmed by Bike is a film festival of bike-themed independent short movies from around the world. Submissions are limited to eight minutes and must revolve around the central theme of cycling.
Jackpot Records Film & Music Festival
The Portland Jewish Film Festival explores themes of spirituality and Jewish identity throughout all parts of the world, especially how American Jews perceive themselves in a larger social context.
Portland Documentary & eXperimental Film Festival
Focusing on non-narrative work that goes against the grain of mainstream entertainment, the PDX Fest showcases artistic, underground, quirky and challenging work that reflects contemporary culture, documents historic oddities, and is otherwise unclassifiable.
Zompire: The Undead Film Festival
This festival is dedicated to all things undead. We want to highlight various filmmakers creative attempts to show the undead in new and unexpected ways.
Platform International Animation Festival (I have been informed this was a one time Portland event – thanks Shawn, and Anne!)
The PLATFORM mission is to give artists from around the world a non-commercial forum that allows for continued inspiration and growth of the multi-million dollar animation industry.
Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival
QDoc is the only festival in the United States – and only the second in the world devoted exclusively to Queer Documentaries.
Portland Underground Film Festival
The Portland 48 Hour Film Project
The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie—write, shoot, edit and score it—in just 48 hours.
The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival promotes the works of H.P. Lovecraft, literary horror, and weird tales through the cinematic adaptations by professional and amateur filmmakers.
Portland Latin American Film Festival
We are dedicated to showcasing perspectives of Latin American culture through an annual exploration of Latin film.
Portland Humanist Film Festival
The Portland Humanist Film Fest was developed to offer a free, dynamic cultural event to the rapidly growing Humanist movement in the Pacific Northwest.
Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
The Portland 10 or Less Film Festival
Grindhouse Film Festival Note: an ongoing occasional affair – not necessarily specific to November
Northwest Film & Video Festival
Portland African American Film Festival
Joan Sher says
Jewish film festival is in April. Can you correct that? Thanks for making this list.
Joan – Thanks, I’ve updated it!
Anne Richardson says
The Platform International Animation Festival was a one time event – in Portland. The next Platform is going to be in LA, in 2012.