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:


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.

Overall Rating
  • 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
  • Haley Rice

    The Messy Stars Production team and I had such a wonderful time submitting and attending this festival-- met a lot of great creatives, enjoyed seeing the film on such a historic screen as The Clinton Theater, and loved meeting Mikel, both in interview pre-festival, and in person. Such an honor to win Best Comedy Short-- definitely encourage everyone to check out this festival.

    June 2022
  • Thank you, Mikel Fair and the Portland Comedy Film Festival and judges for screening Scotch, Please, and for awarding it Best Romantic Comedy Film in June 2022! We are humbled by your support and can't thank you enough for helping us get the word out about our film! Kudos on an extremely well run festival!

    June 2022
  • Sahaja Douglass

    Mikel’s communication and support was outstanding. We are thrilled that our film, Where’s the B****!” was included in the festival! We look forward to submitting other films in the future!

    Sahaja Douglass
    Writer, Producer, Actor

    June 2022
  • Congratulations AYDAN on your win for "Best Comedy Feature Script". As always, the Portland Comedy FF knocked it out of the park and this dedicated crew of people really make it fun, understand and appreciate independent film and screenplays. Cheers to the PCFF!

    June 2022