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Saturday November 3rd from 10am – 5pm – FREE

Fields Ballroom of the Portland Art Museum

Food on site by Hoda’s Middle Eastern Cuisine. 

The Northwest Filmmakers’ Summit is a single-day event featuring industry vendors showcasing the latest in filmmaking technologies, distributors, marketers, and production-based companies. The Summit also features panels, roundtables, discussions on current topics in the independent film world. Coinciding with the 45th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival—the oldest film festival on the West Coast—the Northwest Filmmakers’ Summit is a touchstone event for the region’s film community. By highlighting both industry and creativity (showcasing the best in short and feature length films from filmmakers living and working in the Northwest), the Summit serves filmmakers of all backgrounds and experience levels.


Presentations and Panels (Marion F. Miller Gallery, Portland Art Museum (adjacent to Fields Ballroom)

10:30am – 11:120am

ABI Insurance: What to Know for Productions featuring Justine Avera

11:45am – 12:45pm

Regional Curators: The differences in filming in each Northwest sate and province

Moderated by Covellite International Film Festival Director Don Andrews

Featuring: Gita Saedi Keily (Montana), Christian Lybrook (Idaho), Pat Race (Alaska), Curtis Woloschuk (British Columbia), Nora Colie (Oregon)

1pm – 2pm

Art of Producing: Who are the Various Producers and Why It Is Important to Know Them

Moderated by Portland Producer Lara Cuddy

Featuring: Mia Bruno (Packaging/Distribution Producer), Barri Chase (Independent Film Producer/Writer/Director), Trevor Cable (LAIKA Lead Media Engineer, 1998 – 2018), Alyssa Roehrenbeck (Producer), David Brame (Producer), and Eric Slade (OPB Producer)

2:30pm – 3:30pm 

SAG/AFTRA: Why Union?

3:45pm – 4:45pm 

Scripto Demonstration

A revolutionary script writing program.



VR Theater with 360 Labs showcasing two short films:

Through Darcelle’s Eyes: A short documentary about Portland’d legendary drag performer Darcelle XV, who at the young ag of 87 shows no signs of slowing doen.

The Fire in Our Backyard: A short documentary about the devastating Eagle Creek fire and its impact on the communities living in the Columbia Gorge.


The Soapbox

An interactive area in which professionals from the independent filmmaking realm will have a chance to get up and speak about an array of topics.


Animation set from the short film Two Balloons.


On-Site Vendors include:



Sound Devices

Letus 35 accessories

Pacific Grip & Lighting

Pro Photo Supply

ABI Insurance





Northwest Film Center

Art of Make Up School


360 Labs

Philadelphia Insurance

JD Fulwiler Insurance

State Farm Insurance


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.