*Please note: Until COVID restrictions are lifted, our Oregon based film festivals will screen at the Sunshine Mill Winery and Drive-Up Theater The Dalles.* Portland, Oregon is known for being a laid back, fun town, with lots to do. Whether it’s the nature experience, the arts or the wonderful food options, if you haven’t visited at least once, perhaps it’s time you came out here! The Portland Comedy Film Festival is a theatrical screening event on the Film Festival Circuit for international independent comedy films that also recognizes funniest comedy screenplays. The first event was held in 2017 and has been ranked in the FilmFreeway Top 100 with 80+ Five Star reviews. This event was founded by author and retired filmmaker Mikel Fair who worked on location in the Film and Television industry from 1999-2015 while based in Houston, Texas. Mikel and his wife Brooke moved to Portland in 2015 and have been hosting this independent film showcase at Portland State University twice per year. It’s fun to watch and enjoy this program of short comedy films in a "back to back" format in HD 1080p at the 5th Avenue Cinema. The Portland Comedy Film Festival has nearly 100 active judges. All types of comedy submissions are selected and screened including TV Pilots, Funny Music Videos, Web Series Episodes, Dark Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Mockumentary, TV Pilots, Commercials, Micro Films, Animated Comedy, Horror Comedy, Stand-up Comedy, Sketch Comedy, and any other type of Comedy that you can think of. The judges are looking for films that generate laughter in a fun, fast paced program at a great venue. We now host two different networking parties where you can meet directors, screenwriter, cast, crew and film industry professionals and discuss your future projects. Come laugh with us in Portland.

Our panel of 12 judges will give out 34 different awards:

Film/Video:

1) Best Actor Award Nominations
2) Best Actress Award Nominations
3) Best Animated Film Award Nominations
4) Best Cinematography Award Nominations
5) Best Comedy Film Award Nominations
6) Best Comedy Micro Short Film Award Nominations
7) Best Dark Comedy Film Award Nominations
8) Best Dark Comedy Micro Short Film Award Nominations
9) Best Director Award Nominations
10) Best Editing Award Nominations
11) Best Ensemble Cast Award Nominations
12) Best International Director Award Nominations
13) Best International Film Award Nominations
14) Best Mockumentary Film Award Nominations
15) Best Romantic Comedy Film Award Nominations
16) Best TV Episode Award Nominations
17) Best Oregon Comedy Film Award Nominations
18) Best Washington Film Award Nominations
19) Best Web Series Micro Short Episode Award Nominations
20) Best Web Series Episode Award Nominations
21) Funniest Music Video Award Nominations
22) Most Original Concept Award Nominations

Screenplays & Teleplays:

1) Best Comedy Feature Length Screenplay Award Nominations
2) Best Comedy Short Screenplay Award Nominations
3) Best Dark Comedy Feature Length Screenplay Award Nominations
4) Best Dark Comedy Short Screenplay Award Nominations
5) Best International Feature Length Screenplay Award Nominations
6) Best International Short Screenplay Award Nominations
7) Best Romantic Comedy Feature Length Screenplay Award Nominations
8) Best Romantic Comedy Short Screenplay Award Nominations
9) Best Oregon Feature Length Screenplay Award Nominations
10) Best Oregon Short Screenplay Award Nominations
11) Best TV Episode Full Length Teleplay Award Nominations
12) Best TV Episode Short Teleplay Award Nominations

All films and screenplays are eligible, regardless if they have distribution or not. All films are eligible even if they have been accepted to other film festivals. All films and videos are eligible, regardless of when or where they were produced. Even if your film, web series or music video is publicly available on YouTube or Vimeo, it is still eligible for submission. For exhibition purposes. all films are expected to provide a download link, so that we can compile and project them in HD 1080p. 23.976, 24, 25 or 30 frame rates are accepted and will be converted to 23.976 for projection. Please do not submit 720p or Standard Definition films to this festival.

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  • David DeRienzo

    Great festival! It was an honor to be involved and a bigger honor to be selected to screen.

    July 2020
  • Thanks for selecting 'No.47 Ate my Uber' (Now a QF for Page Awards!). Nice to have a really supportive festival with good communication.

    July 2020
  • Charles Petrilla

    I want to thank Mikel Fair for his personal availability anytime I had a question. The Portland Comedy Film Festival is one of the most professional festivals I’ve ever submitted.

    July 2020
  • Dan Hart

    I felt this is a very professional contest. I felt my script was evaluated fairly. All communication was very friendly and informative, particularly given the rigors of 2020.

    July 2020
  • Kevin North Ruiz

    Always one of my favorites! I'm just sorry people weren't able to experience it this year in person.

    July 2020
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    Response from festival:

    We are planning to screen all of our Summer 2020 films combined with our Fall 2020 films in October at a Drive-In Theater. We are so excited! Hopefully the social restrictions in Oregon will still allow us to have this kind of gathering the Fall. Best of luck!