In recognition of the power of women's voices in film, the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) places a spotlight on women directors by showcasing their work and strengthening the community of women in film.

We feature the work of today’s top women directors, honoring the true pioneers while providing support and recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers.

POWFest's overall goal is to provide space where women can thrive as media makers. We accomplish this by putting strong, women-directed films on screen, growing the next generation of women filmmakers, and making it easier for women to make films.

During our festival season, which includes both a 4-day festival in March and an extended festival throughout the year, we promote and create professional development and networking opportunities for women filmmakers of every level. We value filmmaker participation throughout the season and strive to bring Portland audiences programming that is thought-provoking and will engage them well beyond the theater.

POWFest has had the honor of hosting a variety of emerging filmmakers and accomplished Directors like Allison Anders, Irene Taylor-Brodsky, Kathryn Bigelow, Gillian Armstrong, Amy Heckerling, Barbara Kopple, Penelope Spheeris, Ondi Timoner, Joanna Priestley and Catherine Hardwicke. The 4-day festival, scheduled for March 2-5, 2017 will feature over 50 films, offering attendees a variety of narrative and documentary programming. Extended festival events allow us to provide focused attention on special programs, providing visibility to women's work throughout the year. Both experiences are enhanced by filmmaker participation in post-screening Q&As & panels.

It is POWFest's goal to be inclusive of all women's voices, regardless of race, class, age, religion, abilities, sexuality or gender presentation. We respect each individual's right to gender self-determination.

POWFest is produced by Sour Apple Productions in partnership with The Hollywood Theatre.


*Films and videos of any length or genre: narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, young filmmakers, music videos and web series are accepted by POWFest.

*Submissions must be directed or co-directed by a woman.

*POWFest accepts pieces completed within the last three years. No works in progress.

*A separate entry form and fee is required with each submission.

*Films must be submitted via an online submission method.

*Non-English language films must be subtitled in English.


*POWFest only accepts online submissions

*If sending a check, make payable to PORTLAND OREGON WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL.

*There is a $40 US fee for any check returned due to insufficient funds.


I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree that to the best of my knowledge, all information in this document is true; I confirm that a woman has directed or co-directed the film submitted; I have all necessary legal authority and rights required to submit this film to The Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival; I have read and accept all of the entry guidelines and rules; I acknowledge that my entry materials may not be returned to me; I hold The Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival/Sour Apple Productions harmless from damage to or loss of the submission package en route to The Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival; If accepted, I grant The Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival/Sour Apple Productions the royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to exhibit my film or video and to use, reproduce, publish, translate and exhibit any and all publicity materials related to the film, including but not limited to stills, press releases, bios, trailers in whole or in part without limitation to territory, and/or to include said publicity materials with other works in any form, media, or technology, for the year of entry.

Overall Rating
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    Susan Maughlin Wood

    POWFest is incredible. Expertly run, hyper-connected, fantastic theater venue, amazing workshops and panels... this festival has it all. Tara is tops. So grateful to have had this experience, and wishing I could have maximized the momentum of it all amid a very chaotic time. Highly recommended!

    June 2017
  • We cannot recommend POWFest enough, their communication was superb and they had a clean neat way of transferring them the info they needed. We had multiple clients accepted there this year, and the handling of each one was impeccable.

    A great festival shining a spotlight on female creatives, it's always one that we recommend to filmmakers! Keep on the great work :)

    March 2017