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2021 Cinema Unbound Awards
Virtual event on March 4 | 6:45 PM PST

The Cinema Unbound Awards is an annual celebration presented by the Northwest Film Center, honoring boundary-breaking multimedia storytellers working at the intersection of art and cinema. We honor artists and nonconformists who are not content to be contained but instead expand the notion of what’s possible. The Cinema Unbound honorees defy expectations and refuse to embrace labels using their creative vision to inspire and push us to look at what is beyond the norm.

The Cinema Unbound Awards represents the Portland Art Museum & Northwest Film Center’s embrace of artistic exploration and commitment to equity and inclusion. Though born out of the tradition of film, the Cinema Unbound Awards expands the reach of cinema as an art form to challenge for whom, by whom, and how stories can be told.

The 2021 Cinema Unbound Awards honorees are Steve McQueenGarrett BradleyGus Van SantMollye Asher, and Alex Bulkley: boundary-breaking multimedia storytellers working at the intersection of art and cinema. The awards will be presented on March 4, 2021, kicking off the 44th Annual Portland International Film Festival running from March 5 to March 14, 2021.

This year’s Cinema Unbound Awards will reflect the unboundedness of this moment, welcoming our local and global communities through both a Drive-In Experience and a Virtual Experience.

Virtual Experience

The Virtual Cinema Unbound Awards will be available for FREE worldwide. Attendees must RSVP. Event begins at 6:45 PST and attendees will receive a viewing link 1 hour prior.


Drive-In Experience

The Drive-In Cinema Unbound Awards will feature live entertainment, food, and drink. Doors open at 5:30 pm PST. Event begins at 6:45 pm PST.


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.