A live event founded in 2016, the Portland Comedy Film Festival showcases films, series episodes, music videos, screenplays and more at the Clinton Street Theater near downtown Portland, Oregon. The state of Oregon is known for being a laid back, fun place, with lots to do outside. 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 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 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. 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. Come laugh with us in Oregon.

Our panel of 12 judges will give out 32 different awards:

Film/Video:

1) Best Acting Performance
2) Best Animated
3) Best Cinematography
4) Best Comedy
5) Best Dark Comedy
6) Best Director Award
7) Best Editing Award
8) Best Ensemble Cast
9) Best Horror Comedy
10) Best International Director
11) Best International Film
12) Best Mockumentary
13) Best Oregon
14) Best Picture
15) Best Romantic Comedy
16) Best Series Episode Award
17) Best Sketch Comedy
18) Best Stand-Up Comedy
19) Funniest Music Video Award
20) Most Original Concept Award

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 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 or documentary series 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 for projection. Please do not submit 720p or Standard Definition films to this festival.

The submission fee does not include an event ticket fee if selected. Submission fees and event ticket fees are separate. There are no filmmaker passes.

The judges read and rate scripts for this specific competition only. Submitting to this film festival does not affect the ownership or copyright your screenplay or teleplay.

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  • Thank-you so much for screening our film "Earl's Town". We were honored to be included for your audiences' amusement - Many thanks!

    July 2022
  • Margina Sisson

    Submitting my feature screenplay to the Portland Comedy Film Festival was extremely rewarding on so many levels. First, the festival team and Director Mikel Fair were professional, encouraging and the communication throughout was outstanding. Then, to find out my feature screenplay, Camp Nahgano won Best Comedy/Horror feature screenplay, Spring 2022, was the icing on the cake!

    I wish I could have attended the festival in person but wasn’t able, so being asked to participate in an Instagram Interview with festival Director Mikel Fair was not only fun but informative and inspiring!

    This is a wonderful festival with great communication and lots of potential for writers and filmmakers. Mikel Fair not only runs this festival but several others including, Reno Comedy FF, Houston Comedy FF, Austin Comedy FF, Oregon Scream Week, Austin After Dark and a few others, all of which are run with the same professionalism and care, so I highly recommend screenwriters and filmmakers submit to all you can for a great experience.

    I will gladly submit my next project to Portland Comedy Film Festival and I hope you will too!

    July 2022
  • Terri Gilboy

    Supportive, kind, kept me well informed, with a splash of their own personable touch. I appreciated the experience, believe me, majority of the film festivals are not like this at ALL!

    June 2022
  • I would highly recommend this festival. Already, as a screenwriter, I’ve felt so inspired. The festival director took the time to interview me and ask thoughtful questions about my work. It really made me stop and reflect on my creative process as a writer, and how that sometimes goes uncelebrated. It was a breath of fresh air!

    My screenplay Better Half is a finalist in the Summer program and I’m thrilled to attend and network and laugh and maybe hug a few trees in Portland if I have time. Wee!

    June 2022
  • We felt so honored that our short, The Neighbor, won for Best Horror Comedy at this awesome festival! Mikel was great and I'm so glad we made the trek up. It was a long drive from LA but so worth it!

    June 2022