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. 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.

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Short and Micro Film Awards

Best Acting Performance
Best Animated Comedy Film
Best Cinematography
Best Comedy Film
Best Dark Comedy Film
Best Director
Best Editing
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Found Footage Comedy Film
Best Horror Comedy Film
Best International Film
Best Mockumentary Film
Best Oregon Film
Best Picture
Best Proof Of Concept
Best Romantic Comedy Film
Best Sketch Comedy
Best Stand-Up Comedy
Best Series Episode
Funniest Music Video
Most Original Concept

Feature Screenplay and Short Screenplay Awards

Best Comedy Screenplay
Best Dark Comedy Screenplay
Best Horror Comedy Screenplay
Best International Screenplay
Best Oregon Screenplay
Best Romantic Comedy Screenplay
Best Teleplay

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.

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.

Overall Rating
  • Kevin Strader

    Met a lot of lovely people, saw some fun films, and took in some lovely greenery.

    It was an honor to have Mojo screened in the very cool Clinton Street Theater.

    November 2023
  • Chad Hutson

    Thank you for recognizing Good News Gary as the winner of the Best Comedy Feature Screenplay. Very honored you chose this work.

    October 2023
  • For one of the first festivals I entered it was truly a remarkable experience.

    October 2023
  • Zeke Bluestone

    Had a great time at the Portland Comedy Film Festival. Zeami instantly made us feel welcome, and put on a great show throughout the day. The Clinton Street Theater is a killer venue: great location, roomy seating, and relatively easy parking. I had a great time here, and look forward to it for the next time!

    October 2023
  • Marcus Graham

    Thank you Portland Comedy Festival !
    This Should Be Banned ! A finalist !

    October 2023