Portland Festival of Cinema, Animation & Technology (PFCAT) embraces cutting-edge technology and its role in modern filmmaking. We are looking for amazing new films and animated works and the visionary voices behind them. Our event takes place at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), home to the Empirical Theater, which is a 300 seat IMAX. In addition to 100+ film screenings in two theaters and our annual award ceremony, the festival includes various parties, networking events, and panel discussions in the Kendall Planetarium.

We are open to a wide variety of films and animated projects. In fact, many of our official selections and award winners do not have technology as a main point of focus. The “technology” part of the festival's name also refers to the cutting-edge tech we incorporate in festival screenings.

Since a picture really is worth a thousand words, we encourage you to check out our photo section, as it speaks volumes about what PFCAT filmmakers can expect when attending, namely large crowds and a high-quality screening experience.


Networking Opportunities

We believe that meeting other people is a key part of the festival experience and that’s why we host parties, informative panels, and special events. PFCAT events are attended by entertainment industry people including animation and visual effects professionals from companies like Disney, LAIKA, Industrial Light and Magic, Pixar, Shadowmachine and more. These festival networking events are designed to help participating filmmakers meet interesting people in a fun and memorable way.

Jury and Awards

2023 PFCAT jury members have received recognition for their work on Oscar and Annie nominated films, are Guggenheim Fellows and have directed for many of the entertainment industry’s largest players from 20th Century Fox, HBO, and MGM to Netflix and more.

Our one-of-a-kind awards are created by one of Portland's favorite local artists, Mike Bennett. Many of our award winning filmmakers have commented that their PFCAT award is the best award they have ever received.

Portland is the "Second Hollywood of Animation"

In 2023, we screened numerous animated shorts and features, as well as a special presentation from legendary animator and 2X Oscar nominee Bill Plympton. Portland, Oregon is home to some of the world’s top animation companies and animators. At the 2023 event, Plympton noted that Portland is the “second Hollywood of animation.”

Festival History

Previously a touring festival (International Festival of Cinema and Technology), the festival rebranded in 2022 to reflect our home in Portland, Oregon.

Since its inception, the festival has screened 1200+ films including hundreds of World Premieres and Regional Premieres. And we’ve had the pleasure to host hundreds of judges and filmmakers from around the globe. PFCAT has proudly been a stop for some of the very best independent shorts, features, animations, documentaries and other projects during their festival runs. Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure to screen works that range from microbudget projects to those created by the most accomplished filmmakers, featuring some of the world’s favorite actors.

16 Past Cities: Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney, Toronto, Paris, Quezon City, London, Sheffield, Burlington, Jacksonville, FL, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, Portland, OR, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

Our 22 Past Venues Include: Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, CN Tower-Maple Leaf Theater, The Canadian Broadcast Centre, The Sony Theatre Culver City-LA, Fox Studios in Sydney, CNIT (Centre National des Industries et Techniques) Paris, Tribeca Grand Scene-NYC, The Ontario Science Center, Federation Square Melbourne, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, The Horse Hospital-London, Metro Arts, Brisbane, and Universal Citywalk Orlando.

In 2023, we offered $1500 in cash prizes spread across multiple categories. In 2024, we will offer even more cash prizes.

Annual award commendations include:

* Best Feature

* Best Animated Feature

* Best 3D Animated Short

* Best 2D Animated Short

* Best Dramatic Short

* Best Comedic Short

* Best Student Film

* Best First-time Filmmaker

* Best Episodic

* Best Documentary

* Best Oregon Short

* Best Music Video

* Best VFX in a Short

* Best Use of Unreal Engine

* Best Microshort

* Best Animated Short Short

* Best Experimental Film

* Best Experimental Animation

* Best Children’s Short

* Best Animated Short for Children

* Visionary Use of Technology in a Short Film

* Outstanding Sci-Fi World Building

* Innovative Sound Experience Award

* Best Object Animation in a Short Film

* Best Stop Motion

* Best Music

* Best Animated Comedic Short

* Best Acting in a Short

* Best Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality Film

* Best Sci-Fi Short

Films whose productions were completed after January 1, 2022 are eligible. There are no premiere restrictions for 2024. If your film has been screened online as part of a ticketed film festival, you are still eligible.

By submitting a project to the festival, you agree that you reserve the rights to do so and are allowing the festival the rights to screen the film for a live audience. The decisions made by our judges and jury are final.

All submissions must be either a FilmFreeway online screener or Vimeo link with password. We do not accept submissions of propaganda or pornography films. Entry fee waivers are not available.

Upon submission, you agree that the festival can use your trailer, poster and stills for promotional purposes.

You must retain full rights to all aspects of the film (images, sound and music) and be at least 18 years of age. The festival is not liable for any copyright infringements. You also acknowledge that you have all the rights and clearances to exhibit your film at Portland Festival of Cinema, Animation & Technology.

We do not pay screening fees or shipping costs. Entry fee refunds are not available.

We reserve the right to update our rules and terms.

By submitting your film to Portland Festival of Cinema, Animation & Technology, you acknowledge that if the project is accepted you will sign an agreement confirming that you own all the rights to your film.

Overall Rating
  • Tamara Rosenfeld

    Everyone running the festival was really kind and it was very exciting seeing my film on a big IMAX screen. Great venue. The only down point was the festival was running a little behind schedule but that didn't really bother me. And they were kind about it. Even despite it running behind the theater was almost full.

    December 2023
  • Aiman Khan

    We couldn't go to the festival so I can't speak on the in-person experience, but communication throughout the application and results process was really great!! You can tell the organizers are really passionate and excited about what they do. Thank you so much!!!

    September 2023
  • Great festival with family friendly programming and really dedicated team. As a filmmaker who couldn't attend the event I always felt well informed and in the loop, and communicating with the team was a breeze. Having our film screened at such a gigantic venue was a dream come true and winning the award for Outstanding Sci-Fi World Building was an honor. Thank you for everything!

    August 2023
  • The PFCAT was a special and memorable experience. Portland OR has produced so many of my independent filmmaking heroes over the past fifty years, so being accepted here was extremely significant and affirming for me.

    I want to enthusiastically thank Marisa, Peter and the Portland Festival of Cinema, Animation & Technology team for being so personable and quick with answers to my many questions leading up to and during the festival. I’m sure they were swamped with festival preparation and fielding questions from dozens of other filmmakers, but they were remarkably generous with their time and knowledge.

    My film’s background artist, Rhonda Conley, was able to attend the show, too. Getting to see (and hear) our film presented in glorious Imax at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry surrounded by our intended audience of kids and their adults was the dream of a lifetime. We will never forget that experience and I’ll never forget how welcoming everyone from PFCAT was. Thank you!
    - John Michaud (The Adventures of Baxter & Clyde)

    August 2023
  • BendtArion BendtArion

    What a great experience being part of the Portland Festival of Cinema, Animation & Technology. The communication and help from the stuff made it possible for our film to compete and enjoy the experience!

    August 2023