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The Northwest’s premiere showcase of new work by regional filmmakers, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival—for 38 years called the Northwest Film & Video Festival—brings artists and audiences together for a singular community celebration. Each year the Festival draws more than 400 entries from filmmakers in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, presenting to the public carefully selected programs of outstanding work and awarding critical recognition to top juror- and audience-recognized films. After the Festival, the event lives on in the form of the “Best of the Northwest” touring program, presented at key cultural and educational organizations across the Northwest.

The Northwest Film Center is proud to have Steve Anker as the official Festival judge for its 42nd edition of the Northwest Filmmakers' Festival.

Entry Information
Eligibility: Permanent residents of Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington may submit two works of any length or genre released since August 1, 2013 and not previously entered in the Festival. Student entries (college and university only) must be from a school located in the Northwest.

Online Entry Procedures

The Northwest Filmmakers' Festival accepts submissions online via Film Freeway. Please click below to submit your film. All submissions must be received no later than Friday, July 31, 2015.


Please email if you have questions about the submission process.


Notification and Entry Return
We will notify all filmmakers of the status of their work via e-mail by October 15, 2015.

Festival, Tour, Awards & Honoraria
Following presentation in Portland, the Film Center will assemble selected works for the Best of the Northwest Touring Program that will circulate throughout the region in the following year. Works presented at the Festival and in the Tour will be screened in their original formats. This year’s Festival and tour participants will share in approximately $15,000 in lab service awards and Tour honoraria.

Press and Sponsorship Opportunities
The Festival is sustained through the encouragement, leadership, and generosity of loyal sponsors who value the unique artistic accomplishments of Northwest filmmakers and want to support the regional creative community. For information about partnership opportunities, contact Rachel Record at 503-221-1156 x17 or



Please direct all press inquiries to Nick Bruno, Publicity and Promotions Manager, at 503-221-1156 x20 or

Past Festivals
Visit the 41st Northwest Filmmakers' Festival micro site (2014) or visit our archive.

Past Judges

Christopher Rauschenberg Ted Mahar
Michael Almereyda Leonard Maltin
Freude Bartlett David Milholland
Ellen Bartow Marv Newland
James Benning Pat O’Neill
Phil Borsos Bill Plympton
Ernest Callenbach Kelly Reichardt
John Cooper B. Ruby Rich
Karen Cooper Rachael Rosen
Jo Ann Danzker Norie Sato
Steve Dejarnett Steve Seid
Gill Dennis Maureen Selwood
Sam Green Jill Sprecher
Matt Groening Amy Taubin
Andrea Grover Kenneth Turan
Todd Haynes Christine Vachon
Jim Hoberman Gus Van Sant
Dan Ireland Jane Veeder
Heike Kuehn Carmen Vigil
Edith Kramer Melinda Ward
Stan Lawder Gene Youngblood

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