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The Northwest Film Center, in partnership with Oregon Film and PLAYA, announce a unique residency opportunity for screenwriters, filmmakers and creative teams.

This program calls for proposals from filmmakers and related creators to work on a script/film/visual narrative project during a four week residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon.

The Oregon Filmmaker’s Residency Award is open to Oregon resident filmmakers, screenwriters and other creative teams (no more than three) for a narrative project focusing on an environmental issue or under-represented community here in the Northwest region.

Award winners will receive a $1,000 stipend for travel and expenses and a four week residency at PLAYA to develop and work on their project in the south central Oregon Outback.

The residency should be used to further develop a detailed outline, create and edit footage and/or finalize a draft of a script in the inspirational surroundings of PLAYA

The process will have two parts:

  • The submission of a written idea;
  • An in-person presentation in front of a live audience and panel of judges for the top five best judged submissions.

This partnership embraces the Northwest Film Center’s long history of filmmaking education and exhibition, along with the space and inspirational platform to work provided by PLAYA. The Oregon Filmmakers Residency Award seeks to expand the depth and breadth of storytelling while finding its characters, setting and source in the Northwest.


1. Written submissions should be limited to 2500 words or less (not including supporting images or footage). Your submission should reflect a significant connection to the chosen theme as well as a brief description of how the project would be served by a four-week residency at PLAYA

2. Submissions should be sent to: by midnight on October 1, 2016.

3. Along with your submission, please send a brief bio and contact information for all involved parties. Please include the phrase “Oregon Filmmakers Residency Award” in your email subject line.

4.The finalists will be notified by November 1, 2016 and invited to an in-person “pitch” contest of their project at the NW Filmmakers Festival which opens on Nov. 10.

5.The residency at Playa should occur between Jan 1, 2017 and Nov 1, 2017 with the final reading or showing of the screenplay/film at the Northwest Filmmakers Festival in November 2017.

6. Apart from the right to present the work, in some format, at The NWFF in 2017, all rights will remain with the creative team.

7.The travel stipend for the PLAYA residency will be given once your residency dates are confirmed. While we highly encourage you to utilize the experience of the residency and its resources while writing and/or developing your project, it is not a requirement. More information about PLAYA can be found at

8.Oregon residency will need to be verified for the majority of the team members.

9.The final product of this program should be a narrative project in the form of a completed script or detailed outline, with visual aides and/or footage, or even a completed, filmed project ready for an audience.

The Oregon Filmmakers Residency Award is driven by Oregon Film, The Northwest Film Center’s and PLAYA’s mission to empower creative inspiration and give individuals the space, solitude and community to create work that supports innovative thinking in the arts, literature and natural sciences.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.