A live outdoor screening of Independent Films that are less than 30 minutes in length of all genres at the Sunshine Mill Winery and Drive-up Theater in The Dalles. Oregon is known for being a fun and laid back state in the Pacific Northwest with yummy food and lots to do. Whether it’s the nature experience, the arts or the wonderful wine, craft beer and food options, if you haven’t visited at least once, perhaps it’s time you came out here! The Oregon Short Film Festival is a bi-annual event (Winter and Summer) on the Film Festival Circuit for filmmakers and screenwriters of all genres to showcase their creative works in the Pacific Northwest. This event was founded by author and retired filmmaker Mikel Fair who worked on location in the Film and Television industry from 1999-2015. We have chosen the Sunshine Mill Winery and Drive-Up Theater in The Dalles, Oregon to screen several programs of international independent short films in a "back to back" format in HD 1080p. All types of films, videos, screenplays and teleplays are eligible, from Drama to Dark Comedy, Documentary to Science Fiction, Romantic Comedy to Horror Films and much more.  The judges are looking for films that have engaging content, good acting, creativity, strong production value and great stories to entertain our audience in a fun, fast paced program at a great venue. Our program is still screened live, in an outdoor venue. In addition, we now host weekly virtual networking events where you can meet directors, screenwriters, cast, crew and film industry professionals and discuss your future projects. Come enjoy a great slate of films and videos of all genres in Oregon.

Our panel of 12 judges will give out 34 different awards:


1) Best Actor Award
2) Best Actress Award
3) Best Animated Film Award
4) Best Cinematography Award
5) Best Comedy Film Award
6) Best Comedy Micro Film Award
7) Best Comedy Series Micro Episode Award
8) Best Comedy Series Episode Award
9) Best Dark Comedy Film Award
10) Best Dark Comedy Micro Film Award
11) Best Director Award
12) Best Editing Award
13) Best Ensemble Cast Award
14) Best Horror Comedy Film Award
15) Best Horror Comedy Micro Film Award
16) Best International Director Award
17) Best International Film Award
18) Best Mockumentary Film Award
19) Best Romantic Comedy Film Award
20) Best Nevada Film Award
21) Funniest Music Video Award
22) Most Original Concept Award

Screenplays & Teleplays:

1) Best Comedy Feature Screenplay Award
2) Best Comedy Short Screenplay Award
3) Best Comedy Series Teleplay Award
4) Best Dark Comedy Feature Screenplay Award
5) Best Dark Comedy Short Screenplay Award
6) Best Horror Comedy Screenplay Short Award
7) Best Horror Comedy Feature Screenplay Award
8) Best International Feature Screenplay Award
9) Best International Short Screenplay Award
10) Best Nevada Screenplay Award
11) Best Romantic Comedy Feature Screenplay Award
12) Best Romantic Comedy Short Screenplay Award

Comedy Series Episode Category Description: This category is reserved for filmmakers that are presenting their creative comedy videos in a sitcom, web series or episodic format. A television pilot is written with a core of characters in a repeatable format that producers would like to market as an on-going TV series. There will be 5 award nominations and an overall winner for the “Best Comedy TV Episode or Sitcom.” Perhaps a nomination or award on the Film Festival Circuit can give your episode recognition before you start pitching it to a television network.The duration of video files submitted to the Comedy Series Episode category must be between six and thirty minutes in length including all credits. (06:00 - 30:00) The following film festivals accept submissions to this category: Austin Comedy Film Festival, Austin After Dark Film Festival, Houston Comedy Film Festival, Oregon Short Film Festival, Portland Comedy Film Festival

Nevada Short Film Festival List Of Film And Video Award Categories

Best Action Film
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Animated Film
Best Cinematography
Best Comedy Film
Best Comedy Micro Film
Best Dark Comedy Film
Best Dark Comedy Micro Film
Best Drama Film
Best Drama Micro Film
Best Dark Drama Film
Best Dark Drama Micro Film
Best Director
Best Documentary Film
Best Documentary Micro Film
Best Editing
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Experimental Film
Best Experimental Micro Film
Best Experimental Music Video
Best Fantasy Film
Best Fantasy Micro Film
Best Horror Film
Best Horror Micro Film
Best Horror Comedy Film
Best Horror Comedy Micro Film
Best International Director
Best International Film
Best International Micro Film
Best Mockumentary Film
Best Mockumentary Micro Film
Best Music Video
Best Picture
Best Micro Film
Best Relationship Drama Film
Best Relationship Drama Micro Film
Best Science Fiction Film
Best Science Fiction Micro Film
Best Suspense Thriller Film
Best Suspense Thriller Micro Film
Best Oregon Film
Most Original Concept

Oregon Short Film Festival List Of Screenplay Award Categories

Best Comedy Screenplay
Best Dark Comedy Screenplay
Best Drama Screenplay
Best Dark Drama Screenplay
Best Fantasy Screenplay
Best Horror Screenplay
Best Horror Comedy Screenplay
Best International Screenplay
Best Oregon Screenplay
Best Relationship Drama Screenplay
Best Science Fiction Screenplay

All films and screenplays 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, web series or music video 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.

Oregon Short Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Oregon Short Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Zachary Madson

    A LIVE EVENT IN 2021?!?! Yes! We actually got to show our hard work to a live crowd at an awesome drive in theater! Mikel and his team were so great and accommodating, and put on a fantastic block of short films! 10/10 I'll submit in the future, well worth the trip out to The Dalles!

    April 2021
  • Thank you Oregon Film Fest that I could participate with my movie. Networking during Covid was secured online and completely fulfilled. I'm glad I could connect with so many creative people on different continents. Thank you, organizers !!

    March 2021
  • Xin Li

    Thank you for having my film The Winter included in Oregon Short Film Festival. It is a great honour that my work could be selected . Thank you for the wonderful experience.

    March 2021
  • Layla Merritt

    The Oregon Short Film Festival was a valuable, rich opportunity and great networking experience. Thank you OSFF!!!

    March 2021
  • Justin Morfin

    Kudos to Mikel and everyone at the Oregon Short Film Festival for a successful festival! communication was amazing and thank you for allowing "Looking Through the Trees" to be screened at the Winter2021 festival!

    March 2021