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Filmmaker support is at the core of the Northwest Film Center’s mission, and since our founding in 1971, we’ve helped countless Northwest filmmakers—based in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and British Columbia—realize their artistic visions through classes, workshops, equipment access, screening programs, festivals, panel discussions, filmmaker summits, funding initiatives, and fellowships.

Starting in November 2019, we’re integrating the 46th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival into the 43rd Portland International Film Festival (PIFF43), thereby creating a more robust and sustainable platform in which to bring together regional film artists—who will be able to premiere and present their work in a broader context—with global filmmakers, sparking conversation and fostering connection both through their film work and through extensive dialogue. By integrating the two festivals, we also intend to provide a more robust launch pad for regional filmmakers’ work into the wider festival circuit and film distribution system both nationally and globally.

The first fully-integrated edition of the festival will take place March 5-19, 2020 at venues across Portland. We will continue to present a wide variety of regional work in our Northwest Tracking series throughout the year, and please check for updates regarding all of our festivals and programs. We embrace the opportunity to serve regional filmmakers and audiences and hope these changes will enable us to sustain and create new avenues for filmmaker support in the years to come.


I’m interested in submitting my film. How do I do that?
If you’re a filmmaker based in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, or British Columbia, you can submit your film now here or here, and your submission will be considered for the festival happening in March 2020. Those residing outside the region can submit here beginning July 1. Please note: films submitted via our regional filmmaker portal that do not meet our residence criteria will not be considered. All submissions to Northwest Film Center festivals are subject to terms and conditions, please see the submission links above for more information.

What if I already submitted a film to the 46th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival?
If you’re a filmmaker based in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, or British Columbia, you don’t need to do anything. We will be reviewing these submissions as normal, but any work selected will screen in the integrated festival in March 2020. We will notify you of our decision by the end of January 2020.

What’s happening with Fresh Film Northwest?
Fresh Film Northwest will be presented annually as part of the Portland International Film Festival starting in March 2020. Regional filmmakers ages 13-19 can continue to submit their work here, free of charge.

When will tickets and passes for the Portland International Film Festival go on sale?
Passes and ticket packages will be available in late Fall 2019, and individual tickets will be available beginning in February 2020.

When will the festival lineup be released?
The full PIFF43 lineup will be live in early February 2020.

Are you offering any events in November (where the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival used to be)?
Yes. In addition to our year-round Northwest Tracking program, we are planning a weekend of special screenings and discussions on November 22-24, 2019. Please stay tuned to for more information.

If you have already submitted, but would like to pull your submission due to the new festival date, please email Ben Popp at 

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.