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.

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
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 March 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
  • Maria Glassner

    Absolutely amazing! I took home my first win from them. The festival director is incredibly down to earth and cares about everyone's success at the indy level.

    January 2023
  • Lena Rush

    Such an honor to be a part of the Portland Comedy Film Festival! Love the organizers and the participants.

    December 2022
  • We had such a fun time at this great small-ish festival in PDX!

    The venue was the historic Clinton Street Theater in a very groovy part of se Portland. With a killer bar next door it was a very welcoming venue to view all of the productions.

    It went as smooth as it could with Mikel having a medical emergency and unable to attend. The festival staff really stepped up and everything went relatively smooth.

    We viewed projects one after the other until we broke for about 15 min and then went back into the theater to view the rest. Afterwards there was no Q&A leaving all of the creators free to network in this beautiful theater and did I m mention the killer bar next door?

    Cant wait to submit our next project in 2023! Thanks again for the selection! - The cast & crew of Red Stool Productions!

    November 2022
  • Though I was unable to attend because of work commitments, I was so honored to have my script included in the festival! The communication was amazing and I look forward to submitting more projects in the future!
    -Andy Palmer

    November 2022
  • Liza Asner

    Since I lived in Portland for 22 years and my twins were born there, it meant so much to me that Be Careful What You Wish For was accepted and screened on November 13. Mikel is stupendous and actually ran into a few people I know in Los Angeles. It is an experience I will always cherish!

    November 2022