Founded in 2017, the Oregon Documentary Film Festival will have Summer 2019 screening event on Sunday August 11, 2019 in Portland. There will be one final event in Winter of 2019, coming up on Sunday December 8, 2019. The judges select thought provoking and engaging short documentary films (30 minutes or less) and screen them at Portland State University's 5th Avenue Cinema. We accept films from any country or US State, and in any language, as long as it is subtitled in English. Whether your film is fun, sad, controversial, historical, technology oriented, nature focused, politically charged, medically informative or socially enlightening, the Oregon Documentary Film Festival is the place to screen your creative work for the Portland audience.

Best Cinematography Award
Best Director Award
Best Documentary Film Award
Best Docu-Series Episode Award
Best Editing Award
Best International Director Award
Best International Picture Award
Best Micro Short Documentary Film Award
Best Oregon Film Award
Best Original Music Award
Most Inspirational Film Award

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 in HD 1080p. NTSC and PAL are accepted. This festival pre-screens all film submissions digitally. Please do not ship DVD’s or other materials to our office unless requested.

Overall Rating
  • Shirley Moore

    I really enjoyed screening at and attending this festival. The director, Mikel Fair, did an excellent job in communicating before, during and after the event. It was a long trip for me (from Toronto), but I'm so pleased I went.

    August 2019
  • Andrea Beça

    This is a fantastic festival. Great communication. Mikel puts the work into promoting the films being screened on social media. I had the opportunity to attend and I had a ton of fun - even did a Q&A after my film with a very receptive audience. Hope to be involved again in the future!

    August 2019
  • Kate Haug

    Mikel is an awesome programmer and wonderful communicator. He is supportive and really takes an interest in your work. I was unable to attend but felt like I was really kept in the loop.
    Highly recommend!

    August 2019
  • Lana Taylor

    I received good communication from this festival. They went above and beyond to not only view my film but also my website and social media. We coordinated and they kept me informed of events and what was going on. Thank you for selecting my film! Great festival.

    May 2019
  • Nicholas Snyder

    Fantastic festival. Mikel is a skilful and a very friendly festival director. He is tremendously good in sharing his passion for film. Great communication and film selection. I am honoured to have had my short film "Faceless for the Voiceless" screened and to have received an award for it. Highly recommended! Totally worth travelling from Europe!

    April 2019