Portland Dance Film Fest is about supporting and sharing what we think is the increasingly important work of dance for film. It is no secret that the current technology age has changed, and is continually changing, the way we go thru life. Who and what we are aware of and privy to is infinite and what this means for us a society and as a global people can feel like a rope slipping thru our fingers as we try and understand the implications and impact. Our shifting realities of self are mirrored back at us from the wormhole of the web, and in some ways is adding to our discontent and disconnection to ourselves and our communities.

And, as with everything, there is a brilliant side. The beauty of technology is endless as well. We are dancers in Portland Dance Film Fest so naturally we are excited to uplift and bare witness to one of the most ancient and sacred art forms while utilizing the brilliance of technology by providing a screen and an audience for artists who are making dance for film. As Portland is a hub for creation and the spirit of Yes we are inspired by our local dancemakers, musicians, and filmmakers and keen on showcasing them alongside their peers from all over the globe.

In the terms of technology’s progression, Film is not a new form so much, but we have watched dance for film have more and more of an audience over the last several years. When words feel limiting, we can find recognition of ourselves or something bigger than ourselves in the visual and audio arts.

Awards & Prizes

After our first year, we realized it felt backwards to try and fit films into cookie cutter awards. This year we will create awards for the films that we feel are most outstanding.

Rules & Terms

Portland Dance Film Fest invites dance filmmakers from around the world to submit their minis, shorts, long, & documentary dance films for PDFF’s second annual dance film festival. We will be looking for originality, innovative cinematography, and unique choreography. We are open to animation, documentary, & most forms of dance on camera. If you have questions about your submission please contact us.

» MINI // 0 – 5 minutes
» SHORT // 5:01 – 15 minutes
» LONG // 15:01 + minutes
» DOCUMENTARY // 0 - 30 minutes
» OREGON ARTIST // Any Length - Must be an Oregon Resident

» Dance must be made for film, PDFF will not accept live stage performances.
» We ask that your film is not shown in the greater Portland, OR area 2 months prior to the festival showing.
» Due to limited screening time we have added a time limit to documentaries.
» Please include English transcript if no English language is included.
» All films submitted must be completed at time of submission.
» By submitting a film for consideration to Portland Dance Film Fest, the filmmaker/production company grants PDFF the right to screen the film throughout the duration of the festival in any capacity. PDFF will never upload a completed film to the Internet without the filmmakers consent.
» The applicant declares that they have obtained all necessary rights and permissions to present the film in Portland Dance Film Fest. The filmmaker must own or have cleared copyright of all aspects of the submitted film. This includes all music and images used. PDFF accepts no responsibility, financial or otherwise, in regards to clearing copyrighted material.
» Submission of an entry gives Portland Dance Film Fest and its presenters permission to have excerpts of accepted work, including press material and film trailers, shown in all promotional activities related to the festival.

1 Review

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    Sabine Molenaar

    Even though I couldn't be present at the festival, I can see they made great effort to make a nice event. To receive a t shirt at home of the festival was a very kind gesture!

    October 2017