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 120 international shorts and feature films to Portland audiences each March. 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 25,000 ballots. Winners for the Festival's 42nd edition (March 2019, were:

Best Fiction Feature:
1. Woman at War (dir. Benedikt Erlingsson | Iceland, France & Ukraine)
2. Sir (dir. Rohena Gera | India & France)
3. Styx (dir. Wolfgang Fischer | Germany & Austria)

Best Documentary Feature:
1. Our Bodies Our Doctors (dir. Jan Haaken | Oregon)
2. The Silence of Others (dir. Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar | Spain, US, Canada & France )
3. Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (dir. Irene Taylor Brodsky | Oregon)

Best First Feature:
1. The Chambermaid (dir. Lila Avilés | Mexico)
2. Blind Spot (dir. Tuva Novotny | Norway)
3. An Elephant Sitting Still (dir. Hu Bo | China)

Best Animated Feature:
The Wolf House (dir. Joaquín Cociña & Cristóbal León | Chile & Germany)

Best Oregon Short:
1. The Fish Out of Water (dir. Josh Brine)
2. Lifeboat (dir. Skye Fitzgerald)
3. Burton Before & After (dir. Courtney Hermann)

Best Fiction Short:
How Fernando Pessoa Saved Portugal (dir. Eugène Green | Portugal, Belgium & France)

Best Documentary Short:
Lifeboat (dir. Skye Fitzgerald | Oregon)

Best Animated Short:
Fire in Cardboard City (dir. Phil Brough | New Zealand)

Best of Masters section:
Transit (dir. Christian Petzold | Germany & France)

Best of PIFF After Dark section:
One Cut of the Dead (dir. Shin’ichirô Ueda | Japan)

Best of Ways of Seeing section:
Diamantino (dir. Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt | Portugal, France & Brazil)

Best of Films for Families section:
Supa Modo (dir. Likarion Wainaina | Kenya & Germany)

Best of Global Panorama section:
Woman at War (dir. Benedikt Erlingsson | Iceland, France & Ukraine)

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 2020 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.