“PTFF features independent filmmakers. I support PTFF because I know PTFF supports these heroes of independent cinema: the directors, actors, producers, and editors….I love to invite my friends, family and new acquaintances to participate in PTFF programming – either at legendary in-person events in downtown Port Townsend, or at our Virtual Festivals. And when they ask me about my passion for PTFF, I tell them: these are movies you may never have heard of, but they are stories you will never forget.”
--Jeff Youde, PTFF Board of Directors

"If you had told me that there was a movie-crazy town on the tip of the Olympic Peninsula, I wouldn’t have believed you. But somehow Port Townsend is a real movie mecca. As a filmmaker, I can’t think of a place more energized around the idea of film. PTFF is the driving engine of a community of people who love movies. What the Festival has created is a treasure, to be re-discovered every year.”
--Morgan Neville

"...we call PTFF 'Xanadau!' Would return in a heartbeat!"
--Chris Cooper & Marianne Leone Cooper

The Port Townsend Film Festival believes in sparking community by connecting filmmakers and film lovers. The Annual Port Townsend Film Festival has been called “the Sundance by the sea” for outstanding programming, legendary hospitality, and our enthusiastic and welcoming community.

We are planning for a hybrid festival in 2022, with in-person screenings opening weekend, September 22-25, and virtual screenings September 26-October 2. We look forward to seeing your work,
Danielle McClelland, Executive Director
Jane Julian, Director of Programming

• Best Narrative Feature $2,500 cash prize
• Best Documentary Feature $2,500 cash prize
• Jim Ewing First Feature Award $1,000 cash prize
• PTFF Spirit Award to a film capturing the essence of our unique celebration
• Best Narrative Short
• Best Documentary Short
• Audience Choice is awarded in each category
• Special Jury Recognitions awarded at the discretion of the jury

To be eligible for PTFF, films must comply with the following:
• PTFF Opening Weekend in-person screenings Sep 22-25, 2022.
• If accepted for in-person screening, filmmaker will need to supply DCP to PTFF. Submitter email will be the method of contact.
• Must be available to stream online to pass holders during the Virtual Festival, Sep 26-Oct 2, 2022. Consideration for geo restrictions, date and ticket limitations will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
• If accepted for virtual screening, upload of high-quality, digital film content to Eventive/Cinesend is filmmaker's responsibility. Submitter email will be the method of contact.
• Premiere status has no bearing on whether a film is selected. PTFF does not encourage a film being available on major streaming services or theatrical release prior to the event but does not preclude acceptance. Any film invited MUST communicate if release plans change. Failure to communicate may result in the film being pulled from the lineup.
• Non-English films must be subtitled. Closed Captioning is welcome and encouraged.

In addition to the eligibility requirements listed above, filmmakers must comply with the following submission rules to be considered for an award:
• Submissions are accepted only through FilmFreeway.
• All items on the materials checklist must be provided by the entry deadline.
• Multiple submissions must be provided as individual submissions.
• 'Works in progress' will NOT be considered and submission costs will not be refunded.

By submitting a film to PTFF, you agree that you have secured all necessary rights for both picture and sound, and exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights including but not limited to music, images, and content. You further grant PTFF the right to use clips from the film at the Festival or online for promotional, archival, and other non-commercial uses.

Overall Rating
  • Kelly Walker

    Thank you so much for including us at your festival! We so appreciated the support from your community and giving us a chance to do a Q&A.

    October 2021
  • Peggy Stafford

    Loved this festival! Honored to have my short included this year.

    October 2021
  • Christopher Smith

    Ranked as one of the "Top Festivals Not To Miss" by me -PTFF is an incredible, filmmaker-centered, festival supported by a wonderful staff, fabulous volunteers, and an engaged community set in one of the most beautiful small towns in America. What's not to love?

    October 2020
  • Pierre B

    Port Townsend is a Great film festival. I will not hesitate to send my future film and to attend to their film program.
    They are great people, very nice and they are listen to the filmmakers and the public.
    Thank you Port Townsend Film Festival

    October 2020
  • Chris Hansen

    The PTFF folks are top notch. This is my second experience at the fest, and while I wish we didn’t have to have virtual festivals right now, they did everything right to make it a great experience. Grateful to have been invited to be a part of it. These folks love independent film and filmmakers. Being a part of this festival is a real honor.

    October 2020