"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
Academy Award Winning Director, 20 Feet from Stardom, PTFF Special Guest 2017

Our filmmakers are treated like royalty, with an opening parade, parties, a filmmakers’ private lounge, free lodging, and pickup at SeaTac Airport. Travel support may be available.

We look forward to seeing your work,

Janette Force, 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
• Best Narrative Short
• Best Documentary Short
• Best Adventure Film
• Best Animated Film (of any length)
• Audience Choice is awarded in each category
• Special Jury Recognition awarded at the discretion of the jury

I agree that I 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. I further grant PTFF the right to use clips from the film at the Festival or online for promotional, archival, and other non-commercial uses and allow PTFF to retain one copy of the project for use in PTFF library, patron use only.

Overall Rating
  • Kent Loomer

    Great festival...well run and the audiences are great! The Q&A sessions were fun and informative as both a film maker and audience member. The networking opportunities are a little tough due to the event being spread across a few venues in town but the film makers lounge was an awesome place to bump into other attendees and chat. Highly recommend!

    October 2018
  • David Katz

    Amazing festival. Very well organized, super hospitality and awesome to meet other filmmakers. Would definitely recommend to other filmmakers.

    September 2017
  • bill jarcho

    What a wonderful event. Can't wait to return again.

    September 2017
  • Marta Renzi

    A beautiful location, an engaged community, generous hospitality and a great slate of films. It doesn't get any better than this. Each film is screened twice, which is a bonus - and each venue has its charms. The Parade seems like just a goof but turns out to be a novel way to connect with people. Port Townsend is proof that a festival experience can be joyous and playful as well as thought-provoking and intense.

    September 2017
  • Burleigh Smith

    Great festival run by great people!

    October 2016