A live screening of international independent short films, series episodes, screenplays and teleplays of all genres. 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 seasonal event (Winter, Summer and Fall) 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. Our mission is to screen several programs of international independent short films in a "back to back" format in HD 1080p.

Our panel of 12 judges will give out 20 different awards with up to 5 nominations per category:

Best Acting Performance
Best Animated Film
Best Cinematography
Best Comedy Film
Best Comedy Series Episode
Best Dark Comedy Film
Best Dark Drama Film
Best Director
Best Documentary Film
Best Drama
Best Editing
Best Experimental Film
Best Fantasy Film
Best International Film
Best Music Video
Best Oregon Film
Best Original Music
Best Relationship Drama Film
Best Science Fiction Film
Best Suspense Film

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, video or music video is publicly available on YouTube or Vimeo, it is still eligible for submission.

We have streamlined the Video File Delivery Process for exhibition purposes. We do not accept DCP format at this time. You can upload an .mp4 or .mov file via our Google Form ( a link will be provided in the acceptance email.) We screen the program in HD 1080p. 23.976, 24, 25 or 30 frame rates are accepted for projection. We can render your file to these specifications free of charge if needed.

The submission fee does not include an event ticket fee if selected. Submission fees and event ticket fees are separate. The cost of attending this event is $37.50 per car for the entire day at the Sunshine Mill Drive-in Theater. Every vehicle must have a ticket. There are no filmmaker passes.

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.

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  • What a great job everyone does at the Oregon Short Film festival. Their communication is on the money and the entire festival is handled with a love of the art. LEGENDS won for Best Fantasy Screenplay and it is an honor to be chosen. A thank you to all the judges for taking the time to read so many scripts and watch so many films. Your dedication shows.

    December 2021
  • I had an incredible experience at the 2021 Fall Oregon Short Film Festival. From a safety standpoint, the adherence to the mask mandate was spot on. From a hospitality standpoint, filmmakers were able to network indoors and have their pictures taken in front of the wall of laurels and later during the award ceremony by a professional photographer (which were made available shortly afterward via Google sharing). I received regular email updates leading up to the event. And thanks to Mikel Fair, who asked everyone he called up to talk about their movie, I got to share my story of how my submission "A History of Worry" was inspired by my own experiences as a caregiver and supporter for my wife, who is dealing with stage 4 cancer. Despite my inexperience, all involved were very supportive as well as passionate about their own projects. To top it all off my submission won Best Experimental Micro Film. Whether you are a veteran filmmaker or someone just starting out, I wholeheartedly recommend submitting to this festival. The organizers really believe in advancing the work of filmmakers.

    November 2021
  • It was an honor to not only be selected for the Oregon Short Film Festival, but to also win? Totally unexpected. The venue was at the Sunshine Mill in The Dalles and it was set up as a drive in movie theater. It would have been awesome to experience this festival in a theater with all the people, because they were awesome and there was a really great energy in the group. So much love, encouragement and support! A special thanks goes out to Mikel for his unwavering dedication to the Film Festival Circuit and for his sincere heart.

    November 2021
  • Was my first Festival as a filmmaker. Super happy to have won Best Director. And thrilled to have met so many talented and creative filmmakers from around the world. The whole experience exceeded my expectations and yielded new friendships with other filmmakers. Thank you so much for selecting "Drag Queens Must Die!" and giving me this opportunity!

    November 2021
  • Russell Sorbello

    Honored to have been a part of this festival! I was not able to attend in person but Mikel Fair was very polite to converse with over email and answered any and all questions I had about the festival. From what I understand the festival took place at a drive-in theater in The Dalles, so props to all the organizers for allowing for a pandemic friendly in-person screening! Hope to attend for real in the future.

    November 2021