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:


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.

Overall Rating
  • Stephen Schroeder

    I wasn't able to make it to Portland but I was honored to be nominated!

    January 2020
  • I have immense respect for Mikel Fair, the team of judges, and everyone involved in making this festival happen year to year. Their process for reviewing open submissions coming in from all over the world is not only rigorous, it helps to ensure a level of fairness to the filmmakers and writers submitting their work that is uncommon in many of the other festivals out there. I love and respect that the judges sit and read each script at a table together before voting on it. While this is surely time consuming for them, it means one’s script will receive the due diligence we all wish for. I am so very thankful to the Portland Comedy Film Festival and for receiving an award for Best Oregon Short Script. These folks clearly love the creator and wish everyone of us the best. The energy is in the air!

    December 2019
  • Shu Gao

    It was my honor and a great pleasure to be part of the festival! The festival was well organized, the atmosphere was friendly and warm. It provided us such a nice opportunity to meet with filmmakers from all over the world and see their works which had brought us so much inspiration and joy. Thanks again to the whole team for preparing for this festival and we would like to participate again in the future :)

    December 2019
  • Matt Johnson

    Thank you for selecting my screenplay "Rehab" as a winner. This was my first screenwriting competition and I highly recommend. This is a great film festival, wide selection of films, fun networking opportunities and Portland is such fun city. Mikel really puts on a great festival.

    December 2019
  • Anthony Miller

    Great to be a Finalist thanks for liking my film
    Mad Antz Films

    November 2019