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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Portland Comedy Film Festival Award Categories.


Best Animated Comedy Film
Best Comedy
Best Dark Comedy
Best Horror Comedy
Best Mockumentary
Best Romantic Comedy
Best Sketch Comedy Video
Best Stand-Up Comedy Video
Funniest Music Video Award

Best Acting Performance
Best Cinematography
Best Director Award
Best Editing Award
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Found Footage Film
Best International Director
Best International Film
Best Oregon Film
Best Picture
Best Proof of Concept Award
Best Series Episode Award
Most Original Concept Award

Screenplays & Teleplays:

Best Comedy Feature Length Screenplay
Best Comedy Short Screenplay
Best Dark Comedy Feature Length Screenplay
Best Dark Comedy Short Screenplay
Best International Screenplay
Best Romantic Comedy Feature Length Screenplay
Best Romantic Comedy Short Screenplay
Best Oregon 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.

Starting June 1, 2023. All film screenings at the Clinton Street Theatre require files to be delivered in DCP 2k or 4k format. If your film is not in DCP format, please reach out to our vendor AutoDCP.com for a quote. Film Festival submission fees and DCP conversion fees are separate. The cost of any potential conversions is not covered by our festival. Please budget accordingly.

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
  • Joseph Gamble

    Top-notch festival! Having attended in May 2023, I found the festival organizers to be very professional and welcoming to all film makers. From submittal process to actual event, communication was excellent. I was fortunate enough to receive an award in my category for my film "Let's Go Daddy". Organizers utilize social media diligently for finalist film makers. I highly recommend this festival!

    May 2023
  • Steve Melone

    Our team had a wonderful time at PCFF! Our film, "Canned," won Best Mockumentary at the festival. It was a great group of filmmakers. The fest is a great champion for Independent comedy. Zeami and the theater owner were incredibly welcoming. The event overall was excellent!

    May 2023
  • Suzy Stein

    They really care about the art form and the artists. We felt very supported. This was our second screenplay entry and we will definitely submit our film !

    May 2023
  • Carlos Perez

    A really friendly festival filled with people who have their act together.

    May 2023
  • This festival is very well-run, with excellent communication throughout the process from being an official selection, to finalist to winner. A nice surprise was to be interviewed prior to the event and then be able to share that on my social media. Loved attending in person.

    May 2023