Celebrating 10 years of independent filmmakers, artists, screenwriters, actors and creative community. We are grateful to continue connecting visionary artists in a unique setting of camping and outdoor adventures paired with fine theatre screenings, workshops, and panels. All in a family friendly environment where incredible collaborations are founded. We have been so proud of our many filmmakers who have met at our events and through our workshops and gone on to make exemplary works together. We are excited to share your film, but we are even more excited to meet you and help you on your creative journey. We are a mentorship based festival that is based in the understanding that artists need a strong creative community to be able to grow and challenge their own creations. We hope to be a part of building your network and inspire you further in your career.

Columbia Gorge International Film Festival has taken place in the pristine Pacific North West along the Columbia River, at the gateway of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area since 2008. Founded as the Washougal International Film Festival we have grown and stretched ourselves along the Columbia River to incorporate more of our beautiful natural surroundings and community members. In 2016 we we began our "On the Road" series and will continue traveling to new and unique destinations. Our festival is shaped by the artists and film makers involved. We are growing organically thanks to the incredible involvement by our alumni and participating artists. We are an international event with a community focus, CGIFF is open to all film makers and artists working within the medium of film. CGIFF combines public screenings with small forums to engage in a dialogue of social issues and cultural exchange through the powerful language of film in all genres. CGIFF showcases a variety of local, national and international films, aiming to share a broad range of films representing current affairs and relevant topics that affect our communities. Encouraging student, independent and professional works for screening. We are here to share stories and the power and art of film. Films will be valued on the merits such as; creativity, ingenuity, story, attention to detail, and the ability to challenge us and make us feel. Our goal is to bring together a community of creative, inspiring, individual thinkers who encourage us, inspire us, generate thought, stir our laughter, bring about smiles, make us cry, enrage us, entertain us and explore our emotions, values and purpose.

With unique outdoor screenings and live music events, CGIFF is full of surprises. CGIFF even sets aside days in the middle of the festival for white water rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking and other incredible activities in the Pacific North West!

Columbia Gorge International Film Festival will take place over an extended period this year with screenings at a variety of venues with individual themes determined by the films accepted into the festival. This will vary from year to year. We will honor films and film makers with a range of Awards for outstanding Achievements in their respected field.

CGIFF is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) and operates through grants and donations from individuals and corporations, membership, private sponsorship and submission fees.

Awards & Prizes

In our first nine years we have given away over $60,000 worth of cash and prizes. We also have honorary and in memoriam awards created by our extensive film maker community that has grown and been a part of the festival as it develops. We have helped projects from inspiration through our workshops, in development, production, exhibition and through distribution. We welcome you to come and join our festival family.

Rules & Terms

Columbia Gorge International Film Festival will take place with screenings at a variety of venues with individual themes determined by the films accepted into the festival, outdoor films, live music. This will vary from year to year. We will honor films and film makers with a range of Awards for outstanding Achievements in their respected field.

We also incorporate screenwriting workshops and table reads for submitted screenplays. And special guest speakers and panels will be included in all that is available to our filmmakers.

By submitting you are acknowledging that you are have the rights to all submitted materials. And the festival is granted the rights to use your film or excerpts thereof for promotional purposes of the festival herein.

CGIFF is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) and operates through grants and donations from individuals and corporations, membership, private sponsorship and submission fees.

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    Elaine Azevedo

    This Festival is really amazing!

    December 2016
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    Sam Wohl

    Awesome! Great time. Hilarious talent show!

    November 2016
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    Susan Barry

    This festival is really inspiring. Breven has such a clear vision for building a magical event and a genuine community, and she and Tim manage to assemble an amazing support team and make filmmakers feel really welcome and appreciated. Camping in Big Bear was super fun and the vegan meals were delicious. I'd like nothing better than to return to the CGIFF in the future with another film and bring more members of my team and take a few more days to be able to settle into West Coast time and really savor the whole thing. Much gratitude for a great fest from Saturday Afternoon Pictures and Got This.

    October 2016
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    Stephanie Maxwell

    This was my second time attending and screening at the festival. When I learned that my work had been accepted this year, I was ecstatic and it became like a countdown to the days of the festival. I love this festival. It is more than its wonderful screening programs, since it encompasses so many unique activities (camping, talent shows, workshops, and more). The festival director, Breven and her team have created an original concept for a festival and they are so passionate and conscientious and believe in the 'experience' they provide for independent filmmakers. The programming is top notch, the well led discussions and q&a's are insightful and inspiring, the filmmaker talent show this year was just great, and everyone has a lot of fun at this festival. I loved the location of Big Bear this year, too. Thank you CGIFF. I'll be seeing you!

    October 2016
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    Matt Tory

    An excellent festival! It's evident that Breven and the whole team are passionate about truly showing great films, and we felt very welcomed. And the parties and events for filmmakers were a ton of fun as well! We can't wait to hopefully be part of the festival again in the future. Thank you from all of us at "We Make Movies," it was a great experience.

    October 2016