It is a stirring and dynamic time for Dance for Film, and Portland Dance Film Fest (PDFF) is at the forefront of the Dance for Film scene in Portland. Showcasing curated submissions from around the world during a multi-night festival, PDFF provides a screen and an audience for artists who are making relevant and inspired Dance for Film. Portland, OR is known for its culture that advocates for and uplifts the arts and thus is an exciting city to present the ongoing innovations of Dance for Film.

We will create awards for the films that we feel are most outstanding!

Portland Dance Film Fest invites dance filmmakers from around the world to submit their minis, shorts, long, & documentary dance films for PDFF’s third 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 // Any Length
» 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.

Overall Rating
  • Alexa Velez

    This is a wonderful dance film festival!

    April 2019
  • Richard James Allen

    We were thrilled to win Best Editing at the Portland Dance Film Festival in 2018 for DIGITAL AFTERLIVES. While we couldn't attend ourselves all the way from Australia, we had family that did who said they loved the whole occasion.

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Richard! We really enjoyed screening your film at PDFF!

  • Our film, 'sweetgrass', was accepted and awarded the PDFF Audience Award in 2018. We had a wonderful experience and enjoyed both attending and being presented!

    December 2018
  • great festival and a great time

    November 2018
  • Yura Makarov

    Our film got into the PDFF and we decided to travel to Portland to be present. It was good decision and totally worth coming there. People who organized the festival are very communicative, friendly and awesome over all. The festival program is very well curated and included a lot of beautiful work. It was great not to only see our film on big screen, but also see other films, some of them were very inspiring. If we make another dance film this year, we'll be definitely submitting it to PDFF next year. Would be exciting to come to this festival again to see all these beautiful people again and to see new inspiring work.

    October 2018