An annual film festival held at 5th Avenue Cinema and put on by Portland State University’s Sub-Basement Studios student production team, this event will feature a block of short films from a range of genres directed by current/incoming PSU students and alumni alike! With our approximately 3 hour festival, we aim to foster the growing film community in Portland and provide a welcoming space for emerging PSU filmmakers to network with fellow pacific northwest creatives.

Submission to this festival via FilmFreeway as well as event attendance will be FREE, though screening seats are limited so be sure to fill out the attendance form we will send you if your work is chosen for our short film lineup. While we will not be requiring any payment for you to attend the event, an opportunity to donate to the student team putting on the show will be available at the 5th Avenue Cinema venue on the day of the festival.

The only awards offered by this festival are official selection laurels for the directors of each short film chosen for live screening at our event. That, and the friends we’ll make along the way of course!

Entry qualifications:

Complete film can be no longer than 40 minutes in length

Must be directed by current, incoming, or former PSU students in good standing

Should have been made within the past 2 years

Digital files should be in standard HD resolution (1920x1080p 24fps mp4)

Submitted through FilmFreeway by 11:59pm on May 17th


By submitting films for consideration in the PSU Viking Film Festival you agree to:

Understand that my submitted film is not guaranteed to be featured in this program of shorts and accept denial fairly considered by the five current Sub-Basement Studios board of directors.

Authorize Sub-Basement Studios, 5th Avenue Cinema, and Portland State University to publicly exhibit my film at their in-person event.

Give Sub-Basement Studios, 5th Avenue Cinema, and Portland State University the right to advertise my work as promotional material for the festival on social media.

Exempt Sub-Basement Studios, 5th Avenue Cinema, and Portland State University from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses including but not limited to attorney’s fees or costs of the court which may be incurred by reason involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, loss, and damage.

Overall Rating
  • Perry Rachmuth

    Fantastic work on this festival! I greatly enjoyed attending and being a part of this!

    June 2024
  • Brandon Marx

    Always a blast at the Viking Film Fest!

    June 2024
  • We are CREATIONS

    Good work everyone. Wonderful event with my fellow film students. Much love!

    October 2023