Visit an Oregon theater at an indie film festival this fall. (Photo credit: Mike Houska / DogLeg Studios)

We love fall in Oregon. While the weather is still fine for playing outside, it’s even better for a favorite indoor pastime — film festivals. Grab your tickets and popcorn (or pinot), and settle in at one of these great film festivals around the state.

BendFilm Festival (Oct. 11–14)
Founded in 2004, the festival includes narrative features, documentaries and conservation films. This year it will include 91 films from international and national filmmakers, screenings, panel discussions, performances and a 72-Hour Shoot event for student filmmakers.

Salem Film Festival (Oct. 14–21)
The Salem festival showcases independent filmmakers from around the globe and provides educational opportunities for amateurs and students. Attendees can choose from comedy, drama, documentary, family, shorts and foreign films.

Eugene International Film Festival (Oct. 18-21)
The Eugene festival receives submissions from all over the world. EIFF also includes production workshops, networking opportunities for filmmakers and the EIFF Screenwriters’ Retreat.

Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival (Oct. 26-28)
The inaugural Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival in Hood River will feature dozens of films in narrative, animation, documentary and sports documentary categories. The festival has received more 135 entries from around the world.

Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (Nov. 9-18)
This is the 39th year for the Portland festival, which is part of the Northwest Film Center. Previously called the Northwest Film & Video Festival, it draws more than 400 entries from filmmakers in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

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Eastern Oregon Film Festival (Feb. 28-March 2)
Held in La Grande and in its fourth year, the festival will showcase narrative shorts, narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, music videos and animation. In July, EOFF festival founder Ian Clark was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”

Portland International Film Festival (Feb. 7-23)
Presented by the Northwest Film Center, the 36th annual festival is the biggest film event in Oregon, premiering more than 100 international shorts and feature films and drawing more than 35,000 people for screenings, lectures from visiting artists and special events.

Ashland Independent Film Festival (April 4-April 8)
Now in its 12th year, the Ashland festival brings more than 7,000 film lovers to the art deco Varsity Theatre to watch more than 80 documentaries, features and shorts. Don’t miss the opening night party and special guests.

about author Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.

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