The OREGON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL© is becoming the hottest festival for independent film and premiere cinema screening events in the Pacific Northwest.
Dedicated to discovering the greatest new filmmakers, the Oregon Independent Film Festival searches the globe to find the most innovative and engaging movies of the year, to screen in the legendary cinema houses of the pacific northwest, in our mission to promote the majestic state of Oregon as a global film tourism destination.
Recent prestige screening premieres at the Oregon Independent Film Festival include:
"The Big Sick" (Dir. Michael Showalter, starring Kumail Nanjiani),
"Shinjuku Swan 2" (Dir. Sion Sono, with Gou Ayano),
"It Comes At Night" (Dir. Trey Edward Shults),
"Dean" (Dir. Demetri Martin, with Gillian Jacobs, Kevin Kline),
"The Commune" (Dir. Thomas Vinterberg),
"The Neon Demon" (Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn, with Elle Fanning & Keanu Reeves),
"DePalma" (Dir. Noah Baumbach & Jake Paltrow),
"Genius" (with Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Colin Firth, Laura Linney),
"Love & Mercy" (with John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, & Paul Dano),
'The One I Love' (with Mark Duplass (The League) & Elisabeth Moss,
"Mad Max: Fury Road - Chrome Edition" (with Charlize Theron & Tom Hardy)
Artists like Tilda Swinton, Cheech Marin, Ashley Judd, Benedict Cumberbatch (and many more) have screened new work alongside a programming schedule packed with the best new cinema from festival-discovered breakthrough independent filmmakers.
The Oregon Independent Film Festival proudly debuted Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial effort 'One-Armed Man', as well as 'Myst' & 'Riven' video game co-creator Robyn Miller's debut film: 'The Immortal Augustus Gladstone'.
Our world-renowned Festival Documentary Program has screened many documentaries that went on to acclaim: including the recent documentary 'The Resurrection of Jake The Snake" (now on Netflix), the Sean Penn produced 'The Human Experiment', the acclaimed child labor exposé 'El Milagro', the activist film 'As Goes Janesville' (picked up by PBS), and many more.
OIFF musical documentary discoveries have also found wide release and popular interest, including films featuring: Bob Marley, Quiet Riot, NOFX, and The Flaming Lips.
BREAKTHROUGH SUCCESS STORIES:
Oregon Independent Film Festival award winning film 'Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time' was picked up for distribution by Freestyle Releasing (and signed at their OIFF screening).
Australian horror hit 'The Dead Room' premiered at OIFF, and underground horror sensation 'Toad Road', which joined Elijah Wood's SpectreVision after winning Best Picture at the Oregon Independent Film Festival, are a just a few of the many Oregon Independent Film Festival success stories.
OREGON FILM FESTIVAL
Ski, hike, dine and shop while you take in the best independent films, surrounded by the beautiful natural backdrop of the Cascade Mountain range.
The Oregon Independent Film Festival is an event not-to-be-missed for any fan of independent cinema.
With programming that features hundreds of new films, from dozens of countries across the globe, presented each fall, at a wide variety of historic cinemas in Portland and Eugene, with additional screenings in surprise cities across the majestic state of Oregon.
OIFF spans several cities, only to culminate each year in Portland with a week of film screenings, celebrations, events, parties, and our own OIFF Award Ceremony honoring the best new filmmakers, actors, and screenwriters of the past season.
The Oregon Independent Film Festival humbly invites you to submit your work today, and join our growing film community.
Thank you for choosing the Oregon Independent Film Festival.
Awards & Prizes
OIFF Cinema Honors spotlight the best in independent filmmaking across the globe.
Discovering and nurturing filmmaking is at the core of the festival mission, and the Oregon Independent Film Festival celebrates the best cinema work of the year with multiple categories of CINEMA HONORS for Feature Length Narrative Films and Short Films and winners are celebrated at the conclusion of the festival, at a ceremony held in Portland, Oregon each fall.
Home to a globally-known Documentary Program, the Oregon Independent Film Festival hosts a wide selection of documentary films, and offers multiple categories of awards to promote them.
OIFF also has award categories for screenwriters in both filmed and unpublished screenplays and teleplays, as well as now also offering recognition to Web Content and Web Series filmmaking.
Rules & Terms
OREGON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
GENERAL FESTIVAL RULES
- All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
- Failure to comply with guidelines, rules, & regulations is cause for disqualification.
- By entering OIFF competition, all entrants release any hold the Oregon Independent Film Festival, it’s Board of Directors, Officers, Staff and Volunteers from all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation with the competition or in any competition related event.
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older (or have your parent or guardian submit on minors behalf) to enter the competition.
- All entered submissions must be the original work of the author or authors. Multiple authorship allowed.
- The Oregon Independent Film Festival reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project or film submitted.
- OIFF submissions are NOT guaranteed to be promoted, honored, or screened at any OIFF event. Submission, entry and any fees are for an inclusion in the OIFF Judging Process (from which SOME applicants are then chosen to be honored and/or screened at an OIFF event)
- Submissions & Press Materials are not retuned.
DO NOT SEND ORIGINALS. DO NOT EXPECT ORIGINAL DVD's, BLURAY,
or any promotional materials to be returned.
- The Oregon Independent Film Festival cannot accept or assume responsibility in the event of loss or damage to submission or exhibition or press materials.
- Please respect all Deadlines and Fees. OIFF Deadlines are postmark deadlines, please have your film in the mail and fees paid within one week of submitting to be considered for submission.
- Filmmakers who postmark submissions after the deadline that they submitted under may be subject to additional fees in order for their film to be considered, with any original fees being considered non-refundable.
SCREENING / JUDGING PROCESS
- All films are viewed in their entirety by multiple pre-screeners. Submissions with average grades or better are sent to additional screeners for review. Films with the best screener reviews and grades are given to the Board Of Directors and Festival Programmer for the final program selection process.
- Our Festival Program and our final festival submission determinations will be decided by August. Please check our website on that date to see when and where your film is screening.
- Festival Winners will be contacted by email or phone 1-3 months before the festival, so please include contact information that will reflect how to reach the filmmakers at that time.
- Once your film has been selected for presentation, filmmakers may be asked to send a Exhibition Copy for screening. Films with copies not received in time may be screened using the original submission DVD.
- Screening times and venues are subject to delay or change.
- Please note festival dates are always subject to change.
- Judges, readers, and screeners decisions are FINAL..
- If your film is accepted, you have two weeks to notify the festival if you do not want a screening of your accepted film. By entering the festival you are giving the festival the right to screen your film in any version.
- By entering you are acknowledging that If the festival is not notified within the specified two weeks (14 days) from the date the festival sends email notifications of acceptance to the Oregon Independent Film Festival, that your film will be programmed and screened.
-By entering/submitting to the Oregon Independent Film Festival you are acknowledging that you have ownership and rights to screen the film you have submitted and that you grant the OIFF the right to screen your film if it becomes chosen to be accepted to our annual film festival.
- By entering you agree to all of the OIFF Festival Rules as well as the OIFF Terms & Conditions listed below.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Failure to comply with the guidelines, rules, regulations, terms & conditions and/or eligibility may be cause for disqualification and having your film pulled from screening or competition.
By entering you are admitting to reading and agreeing to follow the General Festival Rules and the Oregon Independent Film Festival Terms and Conditions.
By entering or submitting to any competition you are admitting that you are 18 years of age or older and that you are granting the right to screen your film publicly at least one time in the next year at the Oregon Independent Film Festival.
By entering or submitting to any Oregon Independent Film Festival competition you acknowledge that you are not entitled to any refund or damage claims of any kind if your film is unable to screen due to technical or operational difficulties or if your film needs to be rescheduled or delayed for any reason.
By entering or submitting to any Oregon Independent Film Festival competition you acknowledge that you are not entitled to any refund or damage claims of any kind in regard to the promotion or advertising of your film. By entering or submitting you are agreeing that the Oregon Independent Film Festival is not responsible for films that are missing, damaged, unreadable, lost in transit, or stolen not is the Oregon Independent Film Festival responsible for broken or non-functioning films.
By entering or submitting you are agreeing to reading and understanding the following: Oregon Independent Film Festival reserves the right to refuse service to anyone. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. All fees are non-refundable. All submitted materials become the property of the Oregon Independent Film Festival and will not be returned. By sending your materials to the Oregon Independent Film Festival, you are acknowledge the Oregon Independent Film Festivals right to copy any submitted material, and screen your film or project at least one time in the next 18 months at our Film Festival. By submitting you are also acknowledging the right to allow Oregon Independent Film Festival use of images and clips from your film or project for the next 48 months on any OIFF website and in any OIFF press materials used to promote the OIFF festival and events, but NOT for any additional commercial use reproductions of your film images and clips. By entering this competition, entrants release and hold the Oregon Independent Film Festival, it’s Members, Board of Directors, Officers, Staff and Volunteers harmless from and against all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation with the competition or participation in any competition related activity.
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