Welcome to season four.

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 jump-start 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 October 2019, 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.

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


Unknown Masterpiece
Joe Couch Award in Experimentation
The Folk Award
Trans"format"ive Best
Best Art Direction
Best Form & Editing
Prize Soundscape
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.


Juried Films
Earth - Through January 1st /$7
Fire - January 2nd - March 19th /$10
Water - March 20th - May 18th /$12
Air - May 19th - June 15th /$15
Space - June 16th - July 10th /$30

ALWAYS $5 for Pacific Northwest Filmmakers - This includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, and Northern California.
No restrictions apply. See Terms and Conditions.

Music Videos
Free to all! 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
  • Cynthia Bergen

    Thank you! For selecting No Bad News, Music video to be part of your Festival. Was not able to attend, but for what I can see Quality, Vommunication etc, All Stars! Keep up the good work supporting Indie Films. Cynthia Bergen #nosleepfilms

    January 2019
  • Kaeto Kato

    Overall wonderful team to work with and festival to partake in !

    January 2019
  • Great space. Great people. Great films. I had a blast!

    November 2018
  • Ted Stenson

    Very pleased to be included! Seems like a really cool festival! Great communication as well!

    October 2018
  • Olivia Gutenberg

    Great event with a wonderful and eclectic group of films. Such a pleasure to be included in the festival!

    October 2018