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Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival

42nd Northwest Filmmakers' Festival: November 2015

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, 2013 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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Online submissions will be open by April 1, 2015. For information about submitting prior to April 1, contact


Notification and Entry Return
We will notify all filmmakers of the status of their work via e-mail by October 15, 2015.

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


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

Past Festivals
Visit the 41st Northwest Filmmakers' Festival micro site (2014) or visit our archive.

Past Judges

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

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