43rd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival

  • November 10, 2016 — November 15, 2016

The 43rd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival is pleased to make your acquaintance. We are glad to be showcasing once again new work by some of the very best film talent our region has to offer, capturing a snapshot of the creative community that surrounds us. With this annual event, the Northwest Film Center continues its mission to  nurture the growth and success of filmmakers who are pushing their voices and dreams forward in new and engaging work.

This year we’re adding two new venues to the Festival to accommodate the bounty. Portland State University’s 5th Avenue Cinema and Skype Live Studio, both near the Whitsell Auditorium, create a campus of access and conversation. Most programs screen twice and we hope it enables you the chance to see more of the great films in this year’s program. In addition to the films, this year’s Festival features an opening day Filmmakers’ Summit–an opportunity to discuss current topics, trends, and technologies in the filmmaking world.

The Northwest Film Center owes many thanks to individuals and organizations in helping us shape this year’s event. First of all, a hearty salute to Festival judge Jonathan Marlow for his generous work in shaping the two shorts programs and for singling out works deserving of special recognition. We hope his perspective adds to your enjoyment of the selections.

Many thanks to our poster designer Ron Mason Gassaway, and Alex Morris who created the Festival’s trailer. The Festival also appreciates the longtime support of the James F and Marion L. Miller Foundation, LAIKA, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Citizens of Portland through the Arts Access and Education Fund.

All these friends, and many more recognized in the program, have helped shape a Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival that we hope will make you celebrate the power or our region’s makers.  Come out to meet and support this year’s filmmakers.

Ben Popp, Festival Manager
Bill Foster, Director, Northwest Film Center

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Pass includes admission to all Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival screenings and the Filmmakers’ Summit.



Shorts I: Known and Unknown (Or Unknowable)

Directed by Various

Next screening: Thursday, November 10 @ 7:00 pm

The observable universe–isotropic in orientation–does not conform to all observers equally. As perspectives shift, that which is known and unknown


Shorts II: Visions of Reality

Directed by Various

Next screening: Friday, November 11 @ 7:35 pm

A visit to a room, dark-adapted; an opportunity to leave-without-traveling. Please remain seated. These are our momentary intersections of place

A Morning Light

A Morning Light

Directed by Ian Clark

Next screening: Friday, November 11 @ 7:45 pm

A young couple reunites while on a summer excursion into the forest. An otherwise peaceful experience becomes jolted, however, by

Beware the Slenderman

Beware the Slenderman

Directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky

Next screening: Monday, November 14 @ 7:15 pm

In 2014, two young girls in Waukesha, Wisconsin committed an atrocious act compelled by the calling of a fictional internet

Brides to Be

Brides to Be

Directed by Kris Boustedt, Lindy Boustedt

Next screening: Saturday, November 12 @ 7:30 pm

Robin and Jenna are getting married. What should be an incredibly happy day is marred by feelings of anxiety, self


Customer 152

Directed by Jonathan Holbrook

Next screening: Saturday, November 12 @ 5:00 pm

We go to work, we chat with our co-workers, we go home, and then we get up and do it

Finding Bosnia

Finding Bosnia

Directed by Ivana Horvat, Adrian Hopffgarten

Next screening: Friday, November 11 @ 5:20 pm

The early 1990s saw tragic war take place in the crumbling former Yugoslavia. Director Ivana Horvat’s family fled when she

Finding October

Finding October

Directed by Nick Terry

Next screening: Friday, November 11 @ 5:00 pm

Road trips can be for work or pleasure, but either way they usually they end up memorable. Russell and Ben

If there's a Hell Below

If There’s a Hell Below

Directed by Nathan Williams

Next screening: Friday, November 11 @ 7:15 pm

In a perilous age of cyber attacks, domestic spying, and political intrigue, the trading of classified information has not been


NW Episodic Showcase

Next screening: Sunday, November 13 @ 2:30 pm

As modes of distribution and shifts in the culture of viewing have emerged with the rise of Netflix, Hulu, and



Directed by David McIlvride, Roger Williams

Next screening: Sunday, November 13 @ 7:00 pm

Among the many environmental threats to the planet and human survival is the challenge of clean water, especially in parts

The Devout

The Devout

Directed by Connor Gaston

Next screening: Saturday, November 12 @ 2:30 pm

There is something deeply sacred about one’s personal faith and religious beliefs. To have those shaken is not something to

The Pearl

The Pearl

Directed by Jessica Dimmock, Christopher LaMarca

Next screening: Saturday, November 12 @ 5:00 pm

We seldom hear from those who have had to conceal their true identities their entire lives. The Pearl follows four

Village of Middlevale

The Village of Middlevale

Directed by Amber Celletti, Nathan Blanchard

Next screening: Friday, November 11 @ 5:10 pm

Dennis decides to leave the hustle and bustle behind to start his own village in the forest. Dennis’s village, however,


Three Days Drowning

Directed by Mark Andres

Next screening: Sunday, November 13 @ 1:15 pm

Artist and graphic novelist Mark Andres has adapted his unique storytelling method to the screen with a series of feature


What Separates Us

Directed by Bryan Ferriter

Next screening: Saturday, November 12 @ 3:00 pm

There are tales that are timeless for a reason. One such theme is the story of fated lovers from different



Directed by Cambria Matlow

Next screening: Saturday, November 12 @ 7:30 pm

Tucked in the trees of Mt. Hood, a young snowboarder camps alone. Meet 19-year-old Sadie Ford, an introspective young rider