A festival for amateur and professional filmmakers, we welcome short films of any genre, of no more than 20 minutes in length.

Awards & Prizes

•Grand Jury Prize - $250 cash prize

•Best Director
•Best Story
•Best Cinematography
•Best Editing
•Best Music/Score
•Best Actor/Actress

•Will Vinton Award for Best Animated Film - a $150 cash prize
•Sunrise Rotary Award - a $100 cash prize
•Recology Sustainability Award - a $100 cash prize

Rules & Terms

Short films in any genre, maximum 20 minutes in length.

The Will Vinton Award for Best Animated Film will be awarded to the top scoring animated film. Will Vinton, a native of McMinnville, OR, is an Oscar-winning filmmaker and pioneer of Claymation. He is supporting this award and festival to encourage animation filmmakers!

Recology Sustainability Award
Recology’s vision is a world without waste. This employee-owned company carries out its vision through community based services, educational programs and innovative engineering solutions that promote the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle.

The Recology Sustainability Award will go to a filmmaker who demonstrates and promotes environmental sustainability as a major theme in their short film. Themes can include but are not limited to:

• Natural Resource Conservation
• Waste Reduction Outreach and Education
• Sustainable Product Production, Use and Management

A panel of judges, including Recology’s General Manager Fred Stemmler, will review the qualifying films and select the film that best fits this award.

Sunrise Rotary Award
The Sunrise Rotary Award is presented annually to recognize outstanding achievement by a local and/or regional filmmaker. Whether a first-time filmmaker or a seasoned veteran, the films produced by artists within Oregon and the Pacific Northwest are watched and judged by members of the McMinnville Sunrise Rotary Club during a special viewing session every September. All genres are given consideration and voted on by the viewing members.

8 Reviews

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    Phillip Guzzo

    A great little film festival. Nice access to filmmakers and other attendees and a well rounded selection of films. This festival gets better an better every year!

    July 2017
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    Pierre GAFFIÉ

    The festival was a tremendous opportunity for our film "The dolphin skin city". Though I couldn't attend personnally, one of the film's crew was there and could present the film with a personal presentation. All the "before" (preparation) of the festival was perfect, and all the "after" (communication) too. Manon (who represented the film and came from Vancouver, Canada for that) enjoyed her time at the festival. Nancy Morrow, the organizer, is very active, and an effective and supportive for the filmmakers ! I recommand the McMinville short film festival ! Pierre Gaffié

    December 2016
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    Jason Rosenblatt

    They really know how to run a festival out in McMinnville. I absolutely love this festival!

    October 2016
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    Susan Maughlin Wood

    Not sure how to be succinct here, but in my (albeit limited) festival experience, McMinnville is excellent all across the board. From the quality of the selections to the professionalism of the staff, from the educational opportunities of which I am eager to avail myself, to the absolute respect for filmmakers and creatives, it’s just top notch. There happened to be a lot going on in town that weekend and all the hotels booked up very quickly. I was amazed to be offered personal lodgings from board members who did not want me to have to commute! (I ended up finding a great family farmhouse on VROB, but the offer was so generous and appreciated.) For a first time filmmaker who went in with no expectations, I was overwhelmed with encouragement and motivation, and even took home an award. Thank you Nancy and everyone for all that you have done, are doing, and will continue to do for all who love short films.

    October 2016
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    S. Kramer Herzog

    This is the best film festival! Communications are the greats.
    Nancy & Don are on it all the way to it is over.

    October 2016