The Portland EcoFilm Festival is the premier environmental film festival in the US Pacific Northwest, showcasing the very best films about nature, environment, wildlife, outdoor pursuits and eco-conscious living. The fest features an Earth Day Film Showcase, an annual four-day festival in the fall, and a year-round film series.

Our mission is to show the very best eco-films being produced today, to help filmmakers by building support for their films as they are being released into public view, and to connect our audiences to films that inspire environmental advocacy and appreciation. Our fest connects filmmakers and their films with supportive audiences, conservation organizations and environmental advocates.

Hosted in the US’s greenest city, Portland, Oregon, our festival is supported by the kinds of people and organizations who are interested in your film! The festival is a program of the Hollywood Theatre, a restored 1926 film art-house movie palace featuring state-of-the-art projection and sound. Our theater regularly wins local awards as Portland's favorite film venue.

Our festival was created by filmmakers, for filmmakers – so we support your film in the ways we want our own films supported!

1. Screening fees: We pay a screening fee honorarium for every film we show during our Earth Day Showcase and our four-day festival in fall.

2. Building support for your film: Where scheduling allows, we pair films with local community partners, conservation groups and advocates to help publicize your screenings and increase attendance and outreach.

3. Connecting you to your audience: post-film Q & A sessions and panels help you connect with audiences and promote your film's goals. Our post-film panels feature filmmakers and local conservation organizations, activists and experts to further discuss your film and engage your audience. We provide tabling space in our theater lobby, so you can promote your film's campaign, sell copies of your film, and add interested people to your email list.

4. Supporting films featuring environmental advocacy campaigns: If an advocacy campaign is part of your film’s goals, we offer ways to help you reach your goals through our social media, during our screenings and by connecting you to groups and community members who can help your campaign gain traction before and after your screening date.

5. Awards for filmmakers and film subjects: We grant awards for Best Feature Film, Best Short Film and an EcoHero! Our EcoHero Award is given to a filmmaker or film subject who has made a valuable contribution to the environment. ALL films accepted into the festival are eligible for our awards.

6. Spectacular screening venue and projection: We screen films in a professional theater venue – a restored historic landmark theater featuring state-of-the-art projection and sound. All films are tested and projected by professional projectionists, with the goal of impeccable projection and sound during your film’s screening. ALL films shown in our festival play in this premier venue!

7. Connecting your film to media coverage: We aim to bring media coverage not just to our festival, but also to a number of the films we feature in our prime festival screening slots. Films at our fest have received media coverage from numerous local publications and national publications including MovieMaker Magazine and Indiewire.

8. We support your film's distribution after your festival screening date with us has passed! We love using the reach of our social media to let the public know when your film is available for online viewing, or receives a nationwide theatrical run.

Awards & Prizes

During our annual four-day festival, we grant awards for:
-Best Feature Film - All feature films programmed are eligible for the award.
-Best Short Film - All short films programmed are eligible for the award.
-EcoHero Award - Our award given to a filmmaker - or film subject - who has made a valuable contribution to the environment. All programmed features and shorts are eligible for our EcoHero Award.

Rules & Terms

Festival Rules, Terms and Conditions

Submission deadlines: Early deadline: 4/1/17, Regular deadline: 6/15/17, Late deadline: 6/27/17, Extended deadline: 7/11/17.

Filmmakers/film submitters will receive notification of their film's status in regards to inclusion in the festival by 8/1/17.

Only films completed after Oct. 2015 will be considered for selection. Works-in-progress will be considered, but only if a completed copy of final film can be provide to festival by 7/11/17.

Our festival features three awards: Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, and our EcoHero Award. All films selected for the Feature Film Competition and the Short Film Competition are eligible for our EcoHero Award - an award prize given to a featured filmmaker or film subject whose work has made a significant contribution to the environment.

In order to reduce our carbon footprint, the festival only accepts films for consideration via online submission.

The filmmaker/film submitter agrees that:

If film is selected for the festival, an exhibition copy of the film, in the format of BluRay or DCP, plus a backup exhibition copy in the form of DCP, Blu-Ray or DVD is required to arrive at festival office a month in advance of festival start date.

Any non-English language films must have English onscreen subtitles.

All insurance costs covering shipping of film exhibition copy to and from the festival are the responsibility of the filmmaker/film submitter.

All shipping costs covering shipping of the film exhibition copy to the festival are the responsibility of the filmmaker/film submitter.

Films entered into the festival for consideration must have previously obtained all legal copyright clearances, licenses and permissions for materials contained within the films (picture and audio). By submitting a film to the festival, the submitter certifies that they are the copyright owner of the film, or authorized by the copyright owner to submit the film and that it has been legally cleared for the festival's use.

Film submitter agrees to grant festival the right to exhibit the film at the festival, as well as for the festival to use up to (1) minute of footage excepted from the film, and all submitted press kit materials, in festival advertising and promotions.

If a legal claim arises in connection with the submitted film, the filmmaker/person/company submitting the film for entry agrees to bear all costs incurred by festival in defense of the claim, including full payment of all damages, due royalties and reimbursement of all incurred attorney fees and travel fees.

Submission to the festival is a Declaration of Ownership of copyright of the film, by the owner or authorized representative of owner.

By entering a film submission, you are indicating that you understand, comply with and agree to the festival's General Rules, Terms and Conditions and the submissions, eligibility and exhibition copies' requirements.