Year 5 is upon us!
Our goal is to curate a gallery of film for the underground, under-known, rough and raw filmmaker. Low Budget, analog format, top priority. The Portland Unknown Film Festival is here to showcase films from the deepest depths of filmmaking and encourage the future of cinema.
Your goal is to bring us into worlds we've never seen before. Take us on a lucid dream through your mind. Teach us something new. Show us the light. Make us go, "Huh?"
In 2020, the Portland Unknown Film Festival will continue to shake the foundation of contemporary filmmaking by uprooting the norms and defying convention. The festival will consist of multiple film sessions including a rowdy micro-short "Fingertips Festival" of films 5 minutes or less and an international music video party.
Submit today. Unveil your experiments and alternate realities to us!
The Portland Unknown does not invite films. Rest assured; we watch every submission. All films are selected very carefully (even obsessively) from only the current year's batch of entries.
TO BE AWARDED:
Joe Couch Award in Experimentation
The Folk Award
Best Art Direction
Best Form & Editing
Top Ranking Student
The Portland Unknown Film Festival accepts entries of all lengths and styles. Entries will be judged and curated by The Unknown board of directors and judges.
ENTRY FEES & DEADLINES:
Earth - Through January 1st /$7
Fire - January 2nd - March 18th /$10
Water - March 19th - May 20th /$12
Air - May 21th - June 17th /$15
Meta - June 18th - July 8th /$30
ALWAYS $5 for Pacific Northwest Filmmakers - This includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, and Northern California.
No restrictions apply. See Terms and Conditions.
We have never selected a film over 95 minutes. Please do not send films over 95 minutes. If you have a film over 1 hour 35 minutes you wish to be considered, please contact us with a trailer, screenshots and synopsis/intent at email@example.com to discuss.
Free to all! Please send upbeat music video content only! All videos over 6 minutes will be automatically disqualified.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Submitted films agree that (1) their film may be shown at The North Portland Unknown Film Festival, (2) the submitter owns the copyright of the film or is authorized by the copyright holders to submit the film, (3) any music, archive footage or any other such material that is contained within your film has been approved by the copyright holders. You may be required to provide written evidence of this, (4) no post submission edits accepted without festival approval.
A submission does not guarantee a screening.