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The Cinema Unbound Awards, presented by the Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center, annually celebrates those who strive to think bigger, try new things, push forward to transform the field and the world. The Awards honor storytellers who use their creative vision to expand the reach of cinema as an art form to challenge for whom, by whom, and how stories can be told. 


Join us at the 2022 Cinema Unbound Awards on Tuesday, March 8, 2022!  We will be back in the Grand Ballroom this year for an unbound evening with dinner, entertainment, and inspiration honoring artists, curators, and industry leaders who inspire new ways of seeing.

Tickets are now available!

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Event begins at 6 p.m.

$250 Individual Ticket
$2,500 Table

Be a part of the change by celebrating those who subvert the status quo and valuing those who lead by doing the work. Proceeds from the Cinema Unbound Awards directly support the Northwest Film Center’s programs that embrace artistic exploration and contribute to a more vibrant, accessible, and diverse media-arts ecosystem.

For questions about tickets or sponsorship, please contact Susan Whittaker at or (503) 276-4365.

The safety of guests and staff is the Portland Art Museum’s top priority. COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be implemented based on current Multnomah County guidelines at the time of the event. 

COVID-19 vaccines and N95/KN95 masks will be required. Guests must be at least two weeks past receiving their first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the second dose in a two-dose series vaccine (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna).

Acceptable proof of a COVID-19 vaccination includes a CDC vaccination card, a photocopy of the card, or a photo of the card on a mobile device.

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.