The Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) is an annual showcase of the very best in new world cinema. Established in 1977 and drawing an audience of over 40,000, PIFF is the largest film event in Oregon, premiering more than 140 international shorts and feature films to Portland audiences each February. Audiences can experience a variety of parties, visiting artists, and plenty of festival adventure taking in this feast of cinematic fare.

PIFF conducts extensive audience balloting for the end-of-Festival audience awards, which are tabulated from over 30,000 ballots. Winners for the Festival's 40th edition (February 2017, were:

Best Narrative Feature
1. Truman (Spain/Argentina), dir. Cesc Gay.
2. Land of Mine (Denmark/Germany), dir. Martin Zandvliet.
3. Heidi (Germany/Switzerland/South Africa), dir. Alain Gsponer.
4. The Invisible Guest (Spain), dir. Oriol Paulo.

Best Documentary Feature:
1. I Am Not Your Negro (US/France/Belgium/Switzerland), dir. Raoul Peck.
2. Obit (US), dir. Vanessa Gould.
3. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (US), dir. Steve James.
4. Buzz One Four (US), dir. Matt McCormick.

Best First Feature:
1. My Life as a Zucchini (Switzerland/France), dir. Claude Barras.
2. Alive & Kicking (US/Sweden), dir. Susan Glatzer.
3. The World of Us (South Korea), dir. Ga-Eun Yoon.
4. The Land of the Enlightened (Belgium/Ireland/Netherlands), dir. Pieter-Jan De Pue.

Best Animated Feature:
1. My Life as a Zucchini (Switzerland/France), dir. Claude Barras.
2. Louise by the Shore (France), dir. Jean-François Laguionie.
3. Window Horses (Canada), dir. Ann Marie Fleming.
4. Revengeance (United States), dir. Bill Plympton, Jim Lujan.

Best Short Film:
1. Incendio (Portland, OR), dir. Slater Dixon.
2. Thanks for Dancing (Norway), dir. Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken.
3. Paniek! (Netherlands), dir. Joost Lieuwma, Daan Velsink.
4. One, Two Tree (Switzerland/France), dir. Yulia Aronova.

Best Oregon Short Film:
1. Incendio (Portland, OR), dir. Slater Dixon.
2. The Child and the Dead (Portland, OR), dir. Karina & Marc Ripper.
3. Kuwepo (Portland, OR), dir. Jan Haaken.
4. Your Move (Portland, OR), dir. Rollyn Stafford.

Best of Masters sidebar:
The Olive Tree (Spain/Germany), dir. Icíar Bollaín.

Best of PIFF After Dark sidebar:
The Invisible Guest (Spain), dir. Oriol Paulo.

Best of Ways of Seeing sidebar:
The Dreamed Ones (Germany/Austria), dir. Ruth Beckermann.

Best of Films for Families sidebar:
Heidi (Germany/Switzerland/South Africa), dir. Alain Gsponer.

Best of Global Panorama sidebar:
Train Driver’s Diary (Serbia/Croatia), dir. Milos Radovic.

PIFF is a non-competitive festival—though there are audience awards—and focuses primarily on work from outside the United States, but American features, documentaries, and shorts are also included.

Please, when submitting your work, we strongly recommend that you also send an online screener link to <piffsubmissions (at) nwfilm (dot) org> with the film title and tracking number clearly stated in the subject line of the email.

Optional pieces include a cover letter and any other press material, but it's best to hold off sending those until we ask for them — they make no difference in our selection process. If your film is selected, we'll get them from you at a more appropriate time.

We will contact you in mid-January 2018 if your film has been selected to screen.


By submitting your film you agree to the following:

I understand that submission of my work authorizes the Northwest Film Center, the producer of the Portland International Film Festival, to use the work for exhibition and/or publicity related to the Festival, that the Festival will handle the prints and tapes with a maximum of care but cannot be held liable for any damage or loss during the shipping, preview, or screening, and that the Festival is also not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, or royalty infringements related to the work. I warrant that I am authorized to commit the film for screening, and understand and accept these requirements and regulations.