We are proud to welcome you to Port Orchard's Film Festival. The event will feature talent both local and abroad and encourage networking, growth and shared love of great films. The Port Orchard Film Festival will be hosted at Dragonfly Cinema, an independent theater that was first built in 1914. We look forward to bringing both local businesses and filmmakers together for a fresh, contemporary celebration of film

If your category is not listed please still submit. We may add categories if we have a sizeable amount of submissions in that genre.

A framed Certificate will be presented to the winner of each category.

General Rules:

Submission Deadlines:
Early Bird Submission: by November 1st, 2018
Regular Submission: August 1st, 2017 - January 1st, 2019
Late Submission: January 2nd, 2019- February 22nd, 2019

Port Orchard Film Festival competition categories are open to the United States and International entries.

If the film’s primary language is not English, it must have English Subtitles.

Entries must include contact information, with both an email address and phone number.

Submission Format:
Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway online screeners only.

Festival Promotion:
Should your film be chosen, portions of your submitted material may be copied and utilized for the purpose of promoting your film and the festival. Upon submission, filmmakers grant the Port Orchard Film Festival the right to use excerpts, highlights and/or trailers from the film for promotional purposes/ marketing. Port Orchard Film Festival has the right to screen any film or projects submitted to the Film Festival.

Additional Submission Rules:
Please make a note in your submission if you are local to the Washington State area in the place of a cover letter.
Please make a note in your submission if you are a High School student in the place of a cover letter.
You may submit as many entries as you like however, each submission requires its own entry fee and form.
Works in progress will automatically be disqualified
Industrials or promotional videos are not appropriate for submission
Entry fees will not be refunded
Only submit work which the filmmaker has all the rights.

All decisions made by the Port Orchard Film Festival are final and at their discretion.

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  • Hands down, the best festival experience I've ever been a part of. The staff was incredibly professional and truly...just great people who love films and know how to make filmmakers feel appreciated. The community of Port Orchard was so welcoming and conveniently located. Everything we needed was within a 5-minute walk. The festival venue, Dragonfly Cinema, is the perfect mix of cozy and nostalgic. This festival is a true gem. I'll certainly be back!

    May 2019
  • Lion Cut

    Great communication, thanks for sharing our music video! Wish we could have been there, looked like a lot of fun.

    May 2019
  • Amber Rainey

    Amy and the staff of the Port Orchard film festival were amazing. They created a lot of networking opportunities for filmmakers. They also knew each filmmaker and the work that was submitted. The support from the festival was outstanding. You could tell that each film was handled with equal importance. The number of awards they gave out reflected the diversity of the films. It was a great pleasure being a part of the festival and seeing my work on the big screen. I would definitely recommend submitting to this festival! The support of the local community and businesses was also fantastic.

    May 2019
  • I was sadly unable to attend the festival, but the communication and support from the staff at POFF was outstanding. Will be submitting again!

    May 2019
  • Joshua T. Wagner

    This is my third year having a short in the festival but it was my first year being able to attend the festival. All I can say is that it was well worth it. Amy and her amazing staff did an incredible job putting everything together. From the films to all the events that went with the festival. Can't wait til' next year!

    May 2019