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.

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. For exhibition purposes. all films are expected to provide a download link, so that we can compile and project them in HD 1080p. 23.976, 24, 25 or 30 frame rates are accepted for projection. Please do not submit 720p or Standard Definition films to this festival.

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
  • Our film wishes for the new year is selected as finalist for best picture. We are honored to be part of this great festival.

    April 2022
  • Koko VanDernoot

    Incredible festival run by an exceptional team! Thank you

    April 2022
  • Brett Levner

    This was a wonderful festival. Beautiful venue.

    March 2022
  • William Freund

    A wonderful festival with great communications with the organizers!
    Highly recommend it!

    March 2022
  • chidi nobi

    Even though i wasn't able to make the festival it was amazing to see my work projected onto the side of silos in a drive-through theater.
    Definitely one for the records

    February 2022