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
  • I had a fantastic experience with the Oregon Documentary Film Festival. Mikel and his team did a great job from start to finish. If you are considering submitting to this festival, just do it and I promise you'll be happy that you did.

    September 2020
  • Cindy Wathen-Kennedy

    A truly wonderful experience! I highly recommend them. They were incredibly professional and supportive.

    April 2020
  • Brendan Harris

    Solid festival! We were thrilled to be apart of the Oregon Doc Film Fest. Great communication from the crew and would submit my next film in a heartbeat.

    March 2020
  • Thank you for having the Mission & Theory team part of this fantastic film festival. We were excited to have the opportunity to share The Venus Project with audiences in Portland, Oregon.

    December 2019
  • Harvey Eaton

    Great communication from the festival team

    December 2019