Celebrate our 10 year anniversary with us!

Set in the heart of Oregon wine country, the McMinnville Short Film Festival is a true filmmaker’s fest. MSFF organizers - including the original founders - cater to filmmakers from the moment a film is submitted to the moment the festival wraps. Experience why Portland, OR, filmmaker Zach Putnam says, “The festival organizers curated a sophisticated collection of high caliber films from both local and international directors. They created a welcoming environment for all attendees, but as a filmmaker, I was treated like a king!”

A festival for amateur and professional filmmakers alike, the MSFF welcomes short films of any genre and of no more than 20 minutes in length. Check out our awards and nominations on IMDb and know that the McMinnville Short Film Festival looks forward to your submission!

Each Official Selection will receive a certificate. Each Award Winner will receive a certificate and a trophy (cash prizes noted below).

Grand Jury Award - $500 prize

Best Experimental / A Bit Strange

Best Documentary

Best Drama

Best Comedy

Best Suspense/Horror/Sci-fi

Best Oregon Filmmaker

Best First-Time Director

Best Student Film (Grades 6-12)

Best Student Film (College)

Will Vinton Award for Best Animated Film - $150 prize

Best Environmental Film (Sponsor: Zero Waste McMinnville) - $100 prize

Shawash Ilihi Award - presented in partnership with The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

Short films in any genre, maximum 20 minutes in length.

Submission to the 2021 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.

Entrants will be notified of their submission’s selection status on or about December 7, 2021. Accepted films are required to deliver a 1080P MP4 file. Foreign language films must be subtitled in English.

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 Jury or Audience Award, 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.

Overall Rating
  • The warmth and enthusiasm emanating from everyone I met at this festival was tangible — whether it was from other filmmakers, festival staff, and audiences alike. It was a joy to be featured among so many genuinely excellent films, and the festival went out of its way to make me feel very, very much welcomed. One of my most treasured festival experiences!

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Sean! We look forward to showcasing more of your films!

  • saeed vahidi

    One of the best fesivals I have ever attend. Great films to watch Lovely staffs, and nice city. Also best wins I have ever had.
    Thank you so much

    March 2020
  • Gabriela Clar

    Thank you for selecting my film "Yikásdáhí Awaits the dawn" to participate in your festival, I wasn't able to attend but the comunication was excellent

    March 2020
  • Heather Older

    There are many festivals but very few have the vibrancy, personal touches and enthusiasm that the McMinnville Short Film Festival have. The quality of the films create an environment of excitement for up and coming filmmakers. It's the type of festival that builds networks for creative people and possibly future collaborations. Nancy goes above and beyond to make each filmmaker feel welcome and included. And the fact that it's in lovely McMinnville surrounded by some of the best wine Oregon has to offer is an absolute bonus. Great festival!!
    Heather Older

    March 2020
  • Elizabeth Rodgers

    First time in McMinnville: Nancy and Dan, the festival organizers were welcoming, organized and delightful. Great slate of films and always wonderful to network with fellow filmmakers - and the subjects of their film. Highly recommended and would definitely return. Thanks, Nancy & Dan!

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Elizabeth! We very much enjoyed hosting you and showcasing your beautiful film. We look forward to seeing you at future festivals!