The Oregon Documentary Film Festival is a theatrical screening event on the Film Festival Circuit that screens  international independent documentary films in Portland. 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 at the 5th Avenue Cinema. 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. Also, you don't want to miss our Awards and Filmmaker Networking Mixer event.

14 Award Categories For Documentary Films

Best Cinematography Award
Best Director Award
Best Documentary Film Award
Best Documentary Micro Film Award
Best Docuseries or Web Series Episode Award
Best Editing Award
Best Experimental Documentary Film Award
Best International Director Award
Best International Film Award
Best International Micro Film Award
Best Oregon Micro Film Award
Best Oregon Film Award
Best Original Music Award
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 docuseries 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 and will be converted to 23.976 for projection. Please do not submit 720p or Standard Definition films to this festival.

Overall Rating
  • Jacob Spiers

    I have nothing but good things to say about my experience with ODFF, 5 stars all around! Mikel Fair is on his game when it comes to directing a festival, especially during Covid. I'm happy to be nominated, and the best part for me was seeing my documentary on the big screen at my first drive-in experience. I would definitely submit again on my next project, and urge others to as well.

    April 2021
  • Tijana Mamula

    Thank you for including my film in your 2021 edition! Wonderful organizers, really forthcoming and easy to communicate with. I couldn’t attend because of COVID but I really appreciated the fact that it was a live (drive-in) festival rather than online only!

    March 2021
  • Thank you very much for having “Oregon’s Water Colors” participate in Oregon Documentary Film Festival, Winter 2021, what a thrill! As an artist all I can think is I’m so happy when somebody will see the film and experience the natural beauty of Oregon. Thank you for honoring our film as a selection. The part where people might get a few minute quarantine break and watch some of Oregon's Nature & Steelhead Fishing in SoCal & beyond is pretty cool for this artist. We are simply #VeryGrateful. Great event, and it ended up being our Film’s North American Premiere!, Even better ODDF and Mikel hosted an actual festival! so we could actually go. Neat Venue, wonderful communication & great fun people, this is an A+ Festival, Recommend.

    March 2021
  • Such a wonderful festival! Mikel was very communicative and helpful from beginning to end - you can tell how dedicated the whole team is to showing good films and supporting independent filmmakers. I wish I could've attended the festival in person but it was an honor to win Best Picture! Thanks for everything!

    March 2021
  • Deanna Schultz

    Great festival! Very organized! Responses to my questions were answered quickly. This is definitely a festival I'll be entering in the future. Thanks to Festival Director Mikel Fair for being so professional and passionate about what he does.

    March 2021