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Greetings from the future and welcome to Northwest Film Center… without walls. That's right, you've found the NWFC's Co:Laboratory!

Expansive in genre, mediums, and ideas, the NWFC's Co:Laboratory is one grand experiment. Continuously offering online and IRL connection to people, ideas, and innovations in the media arts that help artists and art lovers sustain their curiosity and what is creatively possible, the Co:Laboratory exists to uniquely inspire new projects, new skills, and new ways of seeing. In the spirit of all creative endeavors, it will be designed to be an ever-evolving, community-driven, ongoing work-in-progress.

From the beginning, the expansive talks, workshops, and offerings will require from its participant's imagination, innovation, and open-mindedness — and above all, a willingness to try new things a bit differently. Ranging from open and free classes to programming directed at professionals at all levels hoping to expand their personal projects and possibilities, many of the programs will be team-taught or presented, allowing for a multiplicity of points of view on any one topic.

NWFC will be learning and listening for the next six months, working with our Advisory Board and both our local and global community to help shape a future where for whom, by whom, and how cinematic stories are told is more open and inclusive. Together, we will test, experiment, study, and practice. We will question things. We will take risks and create what's next.

So whether you're a lover of a good story well told, a working media artist in the NW (or beyond!), or are working to change the status quo, we can't wait to have you with us.

Visit our upcoming classes, workshops, and events!

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Creating Comics! For Teens!

Jul 6, 2021 – Jul 8, 2021

How do comics get created? For over a decade, Justin Zimmerman has been writing, creating, editing, and working in the

Inclusivity and Your Storytelling

Jul 8, 2021 – Jul 17, 2021

This workshop explores approaches for creating and depicting authentic diverse characters in film and TV. Through a lively mix of

3-D Monster Making! For Teens!

Jul 12, 2021 – Jul 14, 2021

Monster Making with Spencer Garland is a comprehensive course of character modeling using the open-source 3D program Blender. Over this

It’s Alive! Puppet Making and Stop Motion Animation for Kids!

Jul 21, 2021 – Jul 23, 2021

This online course will provide a simple overview of how to create a stop motion puppet and animate it, sharing

Stop Motion for Teens & High Schoolers

Aug 2, 2021 – Aug 6, 2021

This short course will cover the basic principles of stop motion animation and will provide participants the essential skills needed

Exploring Identity, Environment, and Creativity through Photography, Video, and Sound 

Aug 23, 2021 – Aug 27, 2021

Exploring Identity, Environment, and Creativity through Photography, Video, and Sound  In this two-week class photographer, Mike Vos and filmmaker Kalimah

View the Calendar to find current classes.



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.