ReelAbilities Portland is seeking film submissions by and/or about the Disability community made in the Portland Tri County Area.

The festival is May 2018 in Portland, OR.

Each film accepted into the festival will receive a small honorarium.


We welcome film submissions by and/or about the Disability community made in the Portland-Metro area (Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington Counties). Films that have screened publicly or in a film festival are eligible for consideration.

We will accept submissions with at least one disabled artist in a key creative role (behind the camera and/or on screen) created in the Portland-Metro area (Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington Counties). We welcome videos of all genres, including but not limited to: narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, fiction, non-fiction, etc. To align with Disability Art and Culture Project's mission, we prioritize films with an affirmative disability identity message, disability pride, and films that highlight intersections of marginalized identities and voices. We are not looking for films with an emphasis on medical research and cures, disability as pitiful or inspiring, or stories where non-disabled people speak for people with disabilities (or disabled people).

Films must be 3 to 30 minutes long.

You may send up to 2 films per creative team.

We will accept films made in 2010 and later.

If accepted, the final submitted version of your film must have English Closed Captioned (or with burned-in English subtitles with a black background). See resources below for getting your film captioned or subtitled.

Fill out the full submission form and upload a screener through FilmFreeway. Deadline for submission is TBA for 2018.


If you are selected, you will be asked to send a full-resolution HD QuickTime file and Closed Caption file by Wetransfer, Dropbox, or Google Drive.

ReelAbilities Portland is not responsible for captioning costs or cost to transfer in the appropriate exhibition format. However, If captioning is a financial burden for you please contact Kathy at We have a limited number of partial scholarships.

If your film does not already contain Closed Captions or Open Captions (burned-in with black bounding box), you must provide those by a deadline TBA for 2018 ( see captioning services below).

Submission fee is $15 per film.

Disability Art and Culture Project and ReelAbilities Portland will let you know whether your film was chosen or not by a deadline TBA for 2018. Each creative team will receive a small honorarium for each film selected.

We regret that Disability Art and Culture Project cannot provide feedback on films that were not selected.

If you do not already have Closed or Open Captions with your film, we can suggest you contact any of the following companies (listed alphabetically).
LNS Captioning:
Contact: 503.299.6200 or request a free quote through their website
Media Movers:
Sounds Right Transcription:
Contact: or 1-800-608-3055
Contact: or 503.432.3169