Welcome to the McMinnville Short Film Festival. Short Film. Oregon Wine Country!

Recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as one of "20 Great Film Festivals in Vacation Destinations." Located one hour south of Portland, in the heart of (AVA recognized) Oregon wine country, the McMinnville Short Film Festival (MSFF) is a true filmmaker’s film festival. Our team carefully considers every submission and we strive to identify independent voices and original storytellers. Once selected, the films are reviewed by our noteworthy film industry professionals and Academy affiliated judges for category winners and awards.

2025 welcomes our inaugural short screenplay competition! Three finalists will receive script coverage and notes from celebrated screenwriter Jonathan Raymond (First Cow, Showing Up, Old Joy, Mildred Pierce) and the winner will receive a one on one consultation call with Jonathan to discuss the script.

"I've always encouraged filmmakers to make shorts. It's a great way to gain visibility and create a calling card for Hollywood to recognize new talent. It is a pleasure to watch so many high quality shorts at the McMinnville Short Film Festival." -2025 Grand Jury Judge, Peter Billinglsey (Executive Producer, Iron Man, A Christmas Story, Couples Retreat, The Breakup.)

The MSFF hosts a critical component to the Oregon arts community by connecting local filmmakers with their counterparts from around the world, and by providing a venue for culturally diverse screenings, events, and gatherings.

The 2024 MSFF showcased over 102 short films from over 30 countries with 74 Oregon premieres. Highlights included an opening ceremony meet-and-greet held in a charming vineyard barrel room, ongoing filmmaker Q & A's, networking mixers at local tasting rooms, industry focused panels, the featured 'Breakfast with a Filmmaker' and a closing awards dinner celebration.

"Imagine screening your film in a beautiful setting with welcoming audiences who appreciate your work and what it takes to make a film. Imagine networking events where filmmakers truly want to help each other. Imagine world class wine and amazing restaurants. Now imagine yourself here, at the McMinnville Short Film Festival. Come once, and you’ll want to come back every year." - Kelley Baker
Independent Filmmaker & Author (Good Will Hunting, To Die For, My Own Private Idaho, Psycho.)

MSFF organizers cater to filmmakers from the moment a film is submitted to the moment the festival wraps. Experience why New York City based filmmaker, Nancy Nagrant, had this to say, "The McMinnville Short Film Festival stands out for all the right reasons: easy and prompt communication, high-quality programming, a great venue, and plenty of networking events where you can really get to know fellow attendees. The vibes here are fun, warm, and welcoming. You can feel MSFF’s love for film and filmmakers from the first email you receive to the closing night after party. Highly recommended."

All selected films receive:
-Two all access passes which include all filmmaker events and screenings along with discounted lodging to attend the Festival. All of our filmmaker events are fully catered with open wine bar to showcase our AVA and award winning Willamette Valley wines.

In an effort to raise visibility for under represented voices in film we offer the following waivers:

LGBTQ+: Directors identifying as LGBTQ+ please use waiver code LGBTQMAC25 for 25% off submission fee.

BIPOC: Directors identifying as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous of People of Color) please use BIPOCMAC25 for 25% off submission fee.

Yamhill County Filmmakers - please email films@mcminnvillefilmfest.org with proof of county residency to receive a FREE submission waiver

We look forward to watching your work and celebrating independent filmmakers with you! Questions? Email: films@mcminnvillefilmfest.org.

Each Official Selection will receive digital laurels. Each Nominee and Winner will receive additional digital laurels and a certificate and trophy (cash prizes noted below.)

Grand Jury Award - $1000 prize

Best Short Screenplay - One on one consultation with Jonathan Raymond
(Top three screenplay finalists receive coverage notes from Jonathan Raymond)

Best Oregon Filmmaker - $2000 digital camera package courtesy of festival partner KOERNER CAMERA - the Pacific Northwest's premiere digital camera house

Founders Award - $500 Awarded to Outstanding Female Filmmaker
(Director, Writer, DP, Editor, and/or Producer are all eligible)

Will Vinton Award for Best Animated Short Film - $300 prize

Best Environmental Film (Sponsor: Zero Waste McMinnville) - $250 prize

Best Locals Film - Yamhill County Residents only (Sponsor: AAYC) - $250 prize

Best Experimental / A Bit Strange

Best Documentary

Best Drama

Best Comedy

Best Suspense/Horror/Sci-fi

Best Student Film (College)

Shawash Ilihi Award - presented in partnership with The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde for Best Native American Film

Short films in selected genres, maximum 20 minutes in length. If selected, WE REQUIRE A DCP OF YOUR FILM.

Entrants will be notified of their submission’s selection status on or about January 1st, 2025. Foreign language films must be subtitled in English.

Submission to the 2025 McMinnville Short Film Festival constitutes an agreement with all festival terms and conditions, and permission to exhibit the work during the festival if selected. Entrants warrant that they have the legal right to submit the work to MSFF, that all statements made in this application are true and accurate, and that all necessary rights and clearances have been secured to exhibit the work at the festival.

MSFF DOES NOT provide screening fees or honorariums for submitted work — or for any film screening as part of the festival’s juried competition.

MSFF may deny acceptance of any film at its sole discretion. ENTRY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

All films must be submitted through FilmFreeway.

Any costs necessary to deliver the exhibition file to MSFF in the required format, or for any necessary subtitling, is the sole responsibility of the entrant.

All accepted films grant MSFF and their designated agents’ permission to utilize clips, trailers, and images from the film for MSFF and McMinnville Short Film Festival promotional content. The entrant agrees to notify MSFF if or when they may lose ownership of the clips, trailers, and images and no longer be able to grant said permission.

If the submission becomes an "Official Selection" and/or wins a prize, MSFF requests that this be noted on promotional materials. Festival laurels are available to all Official Selections and Award winners.

Although every possible care will be taken with exhibition material in our possession, MSFF is not responsible for loss or damage. Please do not send originals, special prints or master tapes.

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  • Easily the best film festival I've ever been to. I'm seriously so grateful to Heather and all the staff at MSFF for including my film. Thank you so much. Truly inspiring. Made me want to continue to pull stories out of myself to hopefully come back to MSFF again one day.

    June 2024
  • Thank you so much for this amazing experience!

    April 2024
  • The McMinnville was perfect little escape not too far from Portland that allowed me relax in Oregon wine country and watch some incredible films! Two of my fav things.... wine and movies. The opening night event at the winery was an amazing opportunity to meet other filmmakers and hear about their films.

    Overall, the event was very will organized and the communication was great before and during the festival. I'm so excited to say my film one Best Oregon Filmmaker this year and it's such an honor! There were so many incredible films in my block that I really enjoyed seeing on the big screen.

    Thank you!!

    March 2024
  • Celestine Ocean

    Absolutely amazing festival filled with talented filmmakers! So honored to have my film Bubblegum screen amongst other incredible filmmakers. Heather and the entire team was so wonderful and accommodating. A dream come true! Thank you!

    March 2024
  • David Blasher

    What a delight to bring our “Retreated” to the McMinnville Short Film Festival. Great people, films, wine, networking, and support. Everyone was so kind, and I really enjoyed the other films and making new friends. It was such a warm and encouraging place to celebrate. Thank you, Heather and Team — can’t wait to return!

    March 2024