The creators of the Oregon Short Film Festival launched this festival in 2017 to specifically target the Portland Documentary Film audience. The Oregon Short Film Festival screens all genres of films, but we noticed through our research and attendee feedback, that the documentary films that we screened were the most popular. The first Oregon Documentary Film Festival on November 10-11, 2017 was a huge success. We screened nine (9) hours of documentary films over two days with nearly three hundred (300) attendees. Most of the sessions were sold out, prompting us to book even more screens for our 2018 event on Saturday May 12th.

Each film submitted to the Oregon Documentary Film Festival is carefully screened and ranked by 12 independent judges that will watch every minute of each film from beginning to end. We are looking for engaging stories, great production value, good cinematography, creative music and clean audio. Unlike other film festivals that may be screened in an empty classroom or on a cheap hotel projector, the Oregon Documentary Film Festival is screened in a professional movie theater. Our short film program is compiled and projected on 1080p Blu Ray DVD. This festival pre-screens all film submissions digitally. Please do not ship DVD’s or other materials to our office unless requested.

Rules & Terms

Every film that is submitted to the Oregon Documentary Film Festival will be graded by 12 different judges that will watch every minute of every film including credits. We take pride in truly showing the best films submitted. This is the second year of this festival, but as a group, we have been doing film festivals since 2008. Due to popular demand, we felt like Documentary films should have their own special event for people that are passionate about this specific genre in Portland, Oregon.

If your micro short or short film is selected, you are expected to provide a high resolution download (.mp4 or ProRes) of your film so that we can make a single program on Blu-Ray DVD. If your feature film is selected, you have three options.

1) Mail us two copies of a 1080p NTSC Blu-ray DVD format
2) Mail us two copies of a 720x80 Standard Definition NTSC DVD
3) Upload a high resolution file (.mp4 or ProRes) of your feature film to us and we can create a Blu-Ray or NTSC DVD at no additional charge.

Please note, we do not accept DCP at this time.

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    Mia Mullarkey

    We were delighted to be nominated for Best Cinematography, and for all the work that went into promoting the films before the festival. Although I could not attend the organisers were great to communicate with and my impression is that it is an excellent event.

    December 2017