We created the PLIFF as a venue for filmmakers who are motivated to experiment with moving images out of a spirit of curiosity and play: Deep Sea divers rising from the waves with strange new gems and glittering creatures, illuminated by the screen for a precious few minutes.

Our mission is to bring your work to audiences hungry for such delights and to connect you with other cinema artists.

The PLIFF is held at ART HOUSE, Eugene's iconic 2-screen art house cinema in the chapel hall of a converted Spanish Mission-style church.

We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.
All films will be considered regardless of when they were made. Films do not have a shelf life.


Best Experimental
Best Animation
Best Music Video
Best Narrative
Best Documentary
Best Student Film
Social and Environmental Justice Award
Grand Prize: The Poetic Lens Award

All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles (if in a different language).
Films must not exceed 20 mins
Entry Fees will not be refunded once a film as been submitted.
Films may not be withdrawn after submitting.

Exhibition copies must use a frame rate of 23.98 or 24 fps, and may be submitted in one of the following formats:

2K or 4K DCP
This is the preferred format, and will play back in the highest quality.
Please note when exporting/copying/sending your DCP that the folder and all files within it must not be renamed or moved into sub-directories— no changes can be made after exporting the DCP— even minor spelling corrections to filenames can make the DCP unplayable.

QUICKTIME FILE using exactly these specs:
.mov or .mp4
H264 codec
23.98 or 24 fps frame rate
1920x1080 resolution
AAC audio


via DropBox, WeTransfer, FileMail, etc.: share with edward@broadwaymetro.com

via GoogleDrive: share with broadwaymetrocinema@gmail.com

via post: Broadway Metro
Attn. Edward Schiessl
888 Willamette St
Eugene, OR 97401 USA
(please include a return shipping address)

You hereby grant the Poetic Lens Short Film Festival all rights necessary to exhibit and promote the above-referenced film at the 2024 festival if the film is selected. There will be a second screening of the PLIFF in Portland, Oregon during the month of December (Date/Venue TBA). The PLIFF is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival. You represent that such exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights whatsoever (including copyright, trademark, musical or contract right) of any person or entity. You further represent that you are authorized to submit the above-referenced film. Additionally, you indemnify the Festival from any and all claims, demands, losses, costs, damages, and attorney's fees arising out of or in connection with third parties in regard to the screening of the film mentioned above.


Overall Rating
  • I was unable to attend the festival as I was international entry but I can only praise the communication and passion of the organisers of this event - I believe in the vision and potential of surrealism, and this is a wonderful breeding ground for that.

    October 2023
  • Fritz Kohle

    This festival is needed because its vision will become increasingly relevant as the world transitions into a new paradigm. I was honoured to have my short film screen at the event and do not hesitate to recommend the festival to filmmakers who aspire to explore new ways of filmmaking. I thank the organisers of the festival for their kindness, and wish them the best of luck with future events.

    October 2023