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Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival

41st Northwest Filmmakers' Festival: November 7-15, 2014
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The Northwest’s premiere showcase of new work by regional filmmakers, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival—for 38 years called the Northwest Film & Video Festival—brings artists and audiences together for a singular community celebration. Each year the Festival draws more than 400 entries from filmmakers in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, presenting to the public carefully selected programs of outstanding work and awarding critical recognition to top juror- and audience-recognized films. After the Festival, the event lives on in the form of the “Best of the Northwest” touring program, presented at key cultural and educational organizations across the Northwest.

Entry Information
Eligibility: Permanent residents of Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington may submit two works of any length or genre released since August 1, 2012 and not previously entered in the Festival. Student entries (college and university only) must be from a school located in the Northwest.

Online Entry Procedures
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Notification and Entry Return
We will notify all filmmakers of the status of their work via e-mail by October 15, 2014.

Festival, Tour, Awards & Honoraria
Following presentation in Portland, the Film Center will assemble selected works for the Best of the Northwest Touring Program that will circulate throughout the region in the following year. Works presented at the Festival and in the Tour will be screened in their original formats. This year’s Festival and tour participants will share in approximately $15,000 in lab service awards and Tour honoraria.

Press and Sponsorship Opportunities
The Festival is sustained through the encouragement, leadership, and generosity of loyal sponsors who value the unique artistic accomplishments of Northwest filmmakers and want to support the regional creative community. For information about 2014 partnership opportunities, contact Rachel Record at 503-221-1156 x17 or

41st Northwest Filmmakers' Festival Sponsor Overview


Please direct all press inquiries to Nick Bruno, Publicity and Promotions Manager, at 503-221-1156 x20 or

Past Festivals
Visit the 40th Northwest Filmmakers' Festival micro site (2013) or visit our archive.

Past Judges

Amy Taubin
Andrea Grover
B. Ruby Rich
Bill Plympton
Carmen Vigil
Christine Vachon
Dan Ireland
David Milholland
Edith Kramer
Ellen Bartow
Ernest Callenbach
Freude Bartlett
Gene Youngblood
Gill Dennis
Gus Van Sant
Heike Kuehn
James Benning
Jane Veeder
Jill Sprecher
Jim Hoberman
Jo Ann Danzker
John Cooper
Karen Cooper
Kelly Reichardt
Kenneth Turan
Leonard Maltin
Marv Newland
Matt Groening
Maureen Selwood
Melinda Ward
Michael Almereyda
Mike Plante
Norie Sato
Pat O’Neill
Phil Borsos
Rachael Rosen
Sam Green
Stan Lawder
Steve Dejarnett
Steve Seid
Ted Mahar
Todd Haynes

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