The Oregon Documentary Film Festival is a theatrical screening event on the Film Festival Circuit that screens international independent documentary films, series and experimental films. This event was founded by author and retired filmmaker Mikel Fair who worked on location in the Film and Television industry from 1999-2015. Multiple short films are screened in a "back to back" format in HD 1080p. Are you inspired by interesting people, historical events, political awareness, behind-the-scenes insights and thought provoking events? Do you enjoy watching films that tell a story? Are you a documentary enthusiast, docuseries binge watcher or story teller? If so, you'll meet a great community of documentary film supporters at our next event in Portland.

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16 Award Categories For Documentary Submissions

1) Best Cinematography Award
2) Best Director Award
3) Best Editing Award
4) Best Experimental Film Award
5) Best Experimental Micro Film Award
6) Best International Director Award
7) Best International Film Award
8) Best International Micro Film Award
9) Best Micro Film Award
10) Best Oregon Film Award
11) Best Oregon Micro Film Award
12) Best Original Music Award
13) Best Picture Award
14) Best Series Episode
15) Best Series Micro Episode
16) Most Inspirational Film Award

All films are eligible, regardless if they have distribution or not. All films are eligible even if they have been accepted to other film festivals. All films and videos are eligible, regardless of when or where they were produced. Even if your film or documentary series is publicly available on YouTube or Vimeo, it is still eligible for submission.

The submission fee does not include an event ticket fee if selected. Submission fees and event ticket fees are separate. There are no filmmaker passes.

Overall Rating
  • Steep Motion

    Great experience! We wished we could have attended in person, but so happy to be included in the festival! Definitely recommend.

    November 2023
  • Eric Brionez

    This was a great film festival experience! Mikel Fair was very responsive and detailed on how the Festival Circuit works. We had the pleasure of our film The Lost Jews of Pakistan be a finalist for the Most Inspirational Film category and how cool was it to be played live at the Sunshine Mill Winery and Drive-In Theater!

    October 2023
  • Though unable to attend in person (so bummed), I was really impressed with the attention and support offered by the festival. Each of the filmmakers were given a 15 minute live interview on YouTube with Assistant Director Zeami Eccles-Irwin. Also, great attention to detail and organization making sure for a smooth run. We were thrilled to receive the Most Inspirational Film for BY MY SIDE. Thank you Zeami and Mikel for a great event.

    October 2023
  • Looked like a beautiful venue from the photos. The cost of attending the screening was not waived for filmmakers so, unfortunately, I didn't attend. There looked to be an afterparty, award ceremony at the winery but I didn't know about this until after the event.

    October 2023
  • Errkaa .

    A great film festival that I highly recommend! Almost unique is the huge outdoor screen at a silo where my short film CULTURE TALK ON THE RADIO has been screened. Best communication! Thanx to Mikel and his team! 10/15/23

    October 2023