The PDX Recovery Film Festival is aimed at exhibiting works of art that promote hope and community around the struggle of addictions, mental health and homelessness. Our audience includes people seeking recovery, those who have walked through recovery, workers in the field and the general public. The Festival values the experience of each person and believes in the power of sharing story as a way to promote change.

1st - $500
2nd - $250
3rd - $100

Films should be editorially diverse, portraying a wide range of ideologies, experiences, cultural backgrounds, opinions and identities. Bridges to Change and the PDX Recovery Film Festival hold equity and inclusion as core values and will use this as the foundation from which films are viewed and accepted. Films that showcase and address issues of equity in creative and informative ways will be prioritized. Films that are racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ablest, ageist or are in any other way targeting a population negatively will not be considered. FILMS MUST BE REFLECTIVE OF ISSUES ADDRESSED INCLUDING: ADDICTION, MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, HOMELESSNESS.

Types of Films Accepted: Recommended length: less than 20 minutes. Shorts, documentaries, music videos, stop animation, and all other films/videos that deal with the subjects of addictions, mental health and homelessness.

Overall Rating
  • Ryan Stopera

    I’m so thankful for the opportunity to share my film at PDX Recovery Film Festival. The intention and mission of the festival is unlike any other and the work that Bridges to Change is doing saves lives. If you’re a filmmaker telling stories of mental health, addiction, and homelessness I highly recommend submitting to PDX Recovery Film Festival.

    October 2023
  • Fidget Podcast

    Thank you PDX Film Festival for hosting a great event!! I really appreciated the chance to chat with Monta and another film maker prior to the event. Even though I wasn't able to make the in-person event, that interaction made me feel closer to the event. Because I live in Canada, initially the festival wasn't available to me, but I reached out and the staff was very friendly, and professional and opened it up for me to apply.

    October 2022
  • Aviva Bender-Tualemoso

    PDX Film Festival was a great experience. I loved creating a film for the recovery community. I would definitely work with them again.

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much!