The Portland Unknown returns!

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 of highest quality and deepest heart!

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?"

On October 19th and 20th, 2018 at Disjecta , the Portland Unknown Film Festival will be featuring the brightest and best hidden gems from around the Milky Way. The festival will consist of multiple segments including a rowdy 2-minute festival where the audience is the judge.

​Submit today! Unveil your experiments and alternate realities to us!


Unknown Masterpiece
Joe Couch Award in Experimentation
The American Folk Award
Trans"format"ive Best
Best Art Direction
Best Form & Editing
Prize Soundscape
Top Ranking Student
2-Minute Champ

The Portland Unknown Film Festival accepts entries of all lengths and styles. Entries will be judged and curated by The Unknown board of directors.


Juried Films
Fall - Through January 1st /$7
Winter - January 2nd - March 19th /$10
Spring - March 20th - June 13th /$15
Summer - June 14th - July 10th /$30
ALWAYS $7 for Pacific Northwest Filmmakers - This includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, and Northern California.
No restrictions apply. See Terms and Conditions.

Free for Willamette Valley residents // $7 for outside Portland Bubble
Submission includes 1 ticket to the 2-minute festival event
Rules and Restrictions: First 90 minutes of 2-Minute submissions are automatically accepted. Once 90 minutes of content is received, the public will be notified and submissions will be closed immediately. Films must be 120 seconds in length or shorter. This portion of the film festival is not curated. No Pornography. No commercials or advertisements. All content must be original and/or belong to submitter. ONE ENTRY PER FILMMAKER!

Music Videos
Free to all! For 2018, we are accepting feminist // body positive works. Please send upbeat content! All videos over 6 minutes will be automatically disqualified.

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.

Overall Rating
  • Noah Weisel

    Having trouble finding a home for your weird/dark/experimental/gonzo/analog short film? The Unknown understands. Don't bring your Hollywood pretensions here. Their 2017 program confounded every expectation, was continually surprising, alternately hypnotic and hilarious, including masterful offbeat first works and pieces by veteran instigators that left you wondering what the heck you just saw. If that sounds like the kind of films you make, you should submit. And it's all run by a tight group of folks who love film and having a good time, and are great at communicating with filmmakers.

    November 2017
  • Jessica Blaquiere

    Unfortunately I could not attend the festival, but from afar this film fest seemed well organized, well coordinated, and has an exciting online presence (promo was great)!

    November 2017
  • Marquette Jefferson

    I was able to screen my short film "We Still Together" at the NPUFF, and this film festival was well organized. The staff as well as the volunteers were really sweet people. The audience feedback has helped me improve my project that is currently in progress. Also, I had an opportunity to meet and network with filmmakers from around the world.

    October 2017
  • Really nice festival!, Very proud to participate with my artwork 'Shadows of a Radio in the East'

    October 2017
  • Ewan Golder

    Amazing festival run by interested, passionate people.

    October 2017