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Q: What is Global Classroom?
A: An engaging, free of charge, field trip opportunity for high school students and teachers to view independent and international films and interact with guest artists and experts. Students come from a variety of schools in the region.

Q: How do I sign up?
A: Participation is by advanced online reservation only. Check out the listing of Upcoming Global Classroom Programs to see what is planned. A link to the reservation request form is on each film page. Remember that reservations are required. Making the request, however, does not guarantee your class a spot.

Q: I submitted my reservation, when will I hear back?
A: Northwest Film Center Education Staff will make every effort to confirm with you as soon as possible, but it may take us up to five business days to contact you.

Q: How far in advance are screenings scheduled? 
A: We do our best to schedule film screenings as far in advance as possible so that teachers can plan accordingly. But because we are selecting new films hot on the festival circuit, screenings are usually scheduled about 4-6 weeks in advance.

Q: Can elementary or middle school students attend?
A: No. Global Classroom films are specifically selected for teens and high school students and may not be appropriate for younger age groups.

Q: Where are the films shown?
A: Films screen at the Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium located in the lower level of the Portland Art Museum, located at 1219 SW Park Ave. Portland, OR. The Whitsell Auditorium has a capacity of 376 seats.

Q: We are taking school buses. Where can they park?
A: Directions and Parking PDF is available here.

Q: I would like to combine the film screening with a tour of the Portland Art Museum, can I do that?
A: Yes! Just request a tour directly with the Portland Art Museum. You can do so online here.

Q: We plan to eat lunch before or after the screenings. Is there a place at the Film Center or Art Museum where we can gather?
A: Food is not allowed inside the Museum or Auditorium. When the weather is good we suggest the Park Blocks across the street from the Art Museum, and when the weather is poor we suggest Smith Memorial Student Union on the PSU campus down the street from the museum.


Still have more questions? Contact the Education Director Ellen Thomas,

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.