"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

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

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

Port Townsend Film Festival's mission is 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.

The hybrid 2023 festival will include in-person screenings and events opening weekend, September 21-24, and virtual screenings September 25-October 1.
We look forward to seeing your work,

Danielle McClelland, Executive Director
Jane Julian, Senior Programmer
Christy Spencer, Program Manager

• Best Narrative Feature $2,500 cash prize
• Best Documentary Feature $2,500 cash prize
• Jim Ewing First Feature Award $1,000 cash prize
• Best Short Narrative
• Best Short Documentary
• Special Jury Recognitions awarded at the discretion of the jury
• Spirit Award to a film capturing the essence of our unique celebration
• Audience Choice is awarded in 4 categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Short Narrative, Short Documentary

To be eligible for PTFF 2023, films must comply with the following:
• Grant permission for two in person screenings Sep 21-24, 2023.
• Grant permission for virtual festival screening Sep 25-Oct 1, 2023.
Consideration for geo or ticket restriction may be negotiated.
• Supply DCP to PTFF through CineSend upload for in person screenings.
• Supply MP4 to PTFF through Eventive upload for virtual screenings.
• Non-English films must be subtitled.
• Closed Captioning is encouraged!
• Any film invited MUST communicate theatrical or streaming release deals in consideration. Failure to communicate may result in the film being pulled from the lineup.

Submission Rules:
• Submissions are accepted ONLY through FilmFreeway.
• Multiple submissions must be provided as individual submissions.
• 'Works in progress' will NOT be considered.
• Submission fees are not refundable.
• All submissions must be received by the final deadline - May 5, 2023.

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
  • Em Johnson

    Wasn't able to attend in person, but I am very grateful to have been selected for the competition!

    October 2022
  • Eric Stange

    It was a total pleasure to have "Pony Boys" in the Port Townsend Festival this year! One of the film's participants was able to be there in person and the festival couldn't have been more hospitable. A wonderful festival in a great location!

    October 2022
  • 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