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Virtual Programming

While it's not the same as sitting together in a cinema, the Northwest Film Center will continue to curate new films and programs that allow our audiences to discover new voices and stories that might not otherwise be heard. Focusing on work that changes for whom, by whom, and how cinematic stories are told, the monthly featured films will be offered at a range of price points to our members and new audiences. International, documentary, animation, new media, and independent films will all be on offer, transporting us to worlds real and imagined. Your ticket will directly support both the Northwest Film Center and Portland Art Museum, and we encourage all of our members, staff, and supporters to join us—and spread the word to all who love a great story well told.

New Ways of Seeing: Climax

From Ben Popp, Filmmaker Services Manager Climax Directed by Gaspar Noé, France, 2018 Streaming on Amazon Prime The climax in any

Cinema Unbound Heroes: Todd Haynes

Spotlight on Todd Haynes, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning writer and director; Carol, Far from Heaven, Mildred Pierce (more…)

Cinema Unbound Heroes: Amanda Needham

Spotlight on Amanda Needham, Emmy-winning costume designer; Portlandia, Shrill One month ago, the world was different. We were different. But

New Ways of Seeing: NWFC’s What to Watch

Looking for something new to watch? We welcome everyone who loves art in all its forms, a great story well

Cinema Unbound Heroes: Rose Bond

Spotlight on Rose Bond, creator of internationally recognized, large-scale, site-specific animations (more…)

Cinema Unbound Heroes: Julie Goldman

Spotlight on Julie Goldman, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning producer of over 50 feature documentaries, including Life, Animated, Buck, Weiner. (more…)

Cinema Unbound Heroes: John Cameron Mitchell

Spotlight on John Cameron Mitchell, Tony Award-winning writer, director, and actor; Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Anthem: Homunculus, Hulu’s Shrill

Cinema Unbound Heroes: Rajendra Roy

Spotlight on Rajendra Roy, The Celest Bartos Chief Curator of Film MOMA (more…)

Cinema Unbound Heroes: Michel Reilhac

Spotlight on Michel Reilhac, Founder & Head Of Venice Biennale VR & XR (more…)

2020 Cinema Unbound Awards

Moments from the first Cinema Unbound Awards--an offbeat evening with dinner, entertainment, and inspiration honoring artists, curators, and industry leaders

Film & New Media Resources

A list of resources for local and regional creatives. (more…)

PIFF Playlist: Streaming Recommendations

The list below represents a selection of films from the PIFF Programming team which are currently available to be streamed



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.