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October 31 – November 5, 2018

The Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival is the Northwest’s premiere showcase of new work by leading regional filmmakers. This touchstone annual event brings artists and audiences together for a community celebration including current northwest film exhibition, and Northwest Filmmakers’ Summit. Annually, Northwest Fest draws more than 400 entries from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Festival artwork by Josh Lunden

Festival Highlights

Northwest Regional Survey

Curated Shorts Programs

Northwest Filmmakers' Summit

Saturday, November 3, 10am - 5pm

Special Events

Throughout the Festival

42nd Fresh Film Northwest Winning Program

Directed by Various

JUROR STATEMENT In this year's entries to Fresh Film Northwest, we found a very broad range of styles, themes, and

Alaska: ALASKA

Curated by: Pat Race Director, Juneau Underground Motion Picture Society Alaska Alaska is story rich. We're a state full of

British Columbia – Let Us Be Restless

Curated by: Curtis Woloschuk Vancouver International Film Festival, Associate Director of Programming British Columbia As the lone Canadian entry in

Essays of a City

Directed by Stuart Eagon

Shot on super 16mm, Eagon’s black and white love letter to cinema and place is constructed of three parts, each

Idaho: IDentity

Curated by: Christian Lybrook Screen Writer & Filmmaker Idaho Idaho's filmmaking community is small but mighty. Our state's dramatic landscapes,

Lost Division

Directed by Edward Pack Davee

Shot on glorious super 16mm, director Edward Pack Davee's second feature film brings together a chaplain, an infantryman, and a


Directed by Wayne Wapeemukwa

Luk’Luk’I is the Coast-Salish name for the swampy area known today as Vancouver’s downtown Eastside, an area known for its

Man Proposes, God Disposes

Directed by Daniel Leo

Photographer-turned-filmmaker Daniel Leo’s first feature is a trans-Atlantic tale of culture shock and miscommunication, as a young Polish man named

Montana: Wide Open Stories

Directed by Various

Curated by: Gita Saedi Kiely Director of Development, University of Montana School of Journalism & Independent Filmmaker Montana There is

My Summer as a Goth

My Summer As A Goth

Directed by Tara Johnson-Medinger

The OregonMade Creative Foundation has teamed up with four of the best independent cinemas in Portland, The Northwest Film Center,

North of Blue

Directed by Joanna Priestley

Long-time animator Joanna Priestley, known for her fantastic shorts, has created her first feature inspired by winter landscapes of the

NW Exposure

Seven scriptwriting contest finalists will have their work read live by professional actors. The winner will receive a production package

Oregon – Change, Love, & Rage

Curated by: Nora Colie Independent Filmmaker & Organizer Oregon Right now in Oregon, people of color, women, non-binary, and queer


Directed by Megan Griffiths

Seattle-based director Megan Griffiths’ sixth feature is both a coming-of-age tale and a glimpse into the heartache of loneliness. Young

Scary-Oke: A Singalong Séance

Join us for an extra special 45th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival Opening Night celebration at the Portland Art Museum’s Fields (Sunken)

Shorts Block A

From modern anxieties about talking on phones to deeply personal journeys, this program weaves together documentaries, atmospheric tales, comedies, and

Shorts Block B

A collection of films that has a little something for everyone, from familial drama, environmental and personal documentaries, and a

Strictly Professional

Directed by Sean Brown

In this satirical farce, three extremely privileged, affluent white women in unhappy marriages decide that hiring non-white gigolos is the

Washington: Intrepid Layers

Curated by: Courtney Sheehan Former Executive Director, Northwest Film Forum Washington Director Megan Griffiths (SADIE, LUCKY THEM, EDEN) once coined

Wicked Wednesday

Directed by Andy Ridgway

  For over 20 years, DJ Wicked has hosted a weekly celebration of all things hip-hop. In a city not

Zilla and Zoe

Directed by Jessica Scalise

Filmmaker Jessica Scalise's second feature film tells the comedic story of young Zoe, a 10-year-old obsessed with gore and horror.

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.