That's a wrap on our inaugural year in 2022! Looking forward to the sequel on October 13-15, 2023!

The mission of the Poulsbo Film Festival is to bring independent film and filmmakers to the city of Poulsbo, Washington for a weekend of celebrating diverse stories produced from all across the United States.

This three day festival will include parties, filmmaker panels, networking, small town vibes, and beautiful scenery. We are excited to have you submit your film!

Submissions will be judged by local filmmakers, artists, organizers, and community members. More information coming soon!

This festival is brought to you by Kevin and Bittina Sheen with endless help from local businesses, community members, volunteers, sponsors, friends, family, and film lovers.

Thank you for considering the Poulsbo Film Festival!

Awards and prizes will distributed to the best short film in each category. Feature films will have one overall winner in our inaugural year. There will also be a People's Choice Award presented to one short film and one feature film.

Short Films (3 - 30 minutes in length, if your film runs long or short, please email us and we can chat):

- Best Drama Short
- Best Horror Short
- Best Student Short
- Best Documentary Short
- Best Animated Short
- Best Local Short (Washington State Only)
- People's Choice Award

Feature Films (75 - 110 minutes in length, all genres):

- Best Picture
- People's Choice

Cash amounts TBD.

As this is our first year, some of these may be subject to change depending on amount and variety of film submissions. Thank you!

• Filmmakers may only submit one film
• Short Films should be 3-35 minutes in length, including credits (if your film runs long or short please email us and we can have a chat)
• Feature Films should be 75-105 minutes in length including credits
• Filmmakers must have proper license to all copyrighted music, video, and images included in the duration of their submission
• Films must be completed after January 1, 2022
• All non-English films must have English subtitles
• Submissions must be made online. DVDs and Blu-Rays will not be accepted

Submission & Acceptance:
• There is a $10 entry fee for students
• There is a $15 entry fee for all other short films
• There is a $20 entry fee for all feature length films
• Filmmakers may submit only one film
• Please submit to one category
• Notification of acceptance will be sent via email by September 2, 2022 (subject to change)
• Still shots and/or excerpts from selected films may be used by the Poulsbo Film Festival for publicity purposes
• All entries are final and may not be withdrawn from the festival once submitted (please email if you have questions)

By submitting an entry to the Poulsbo Film Festival, you attest that all information provided is accurate and complete, that you have the authority to submit said entry for consideration, and that you have read, understand, and agree to all terms of entry.

Overall Rating
  • Fantastic festival with a bright future! Looking forward to the future years to come!

    November 2022
  • Brian Steele

    I recommend this festival! I wasn't able to attend, but the lead actor in our short film attended, and spoke very highly. A wonderful community festival that cares about the filmmakers. Great communication from the fest organizers. Plus, the programmers have great taste because we won the Best Drama award and Best Washington Made film. (Apologies for the gross humblebrag). Thanks Poulsbo Film Fest!

    October 2022
  • Angela Sutherland

    Great festival and fantastic communication!

    October 2022
  • Kate Patterson

    I was unable to attend, but friends and family did, and they had a great time, and loved the director! He was great at getting back to us with any questions we had as well.

    October 2022
  • What a wonderful festival experience! Kudos to the volunteers and organizers who worked so hard to make this first event a great way to honor films.

    October 2022