Fall is Indie Film Season

August 29, 2012 (Updated February 1, 2013)

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.

Oregon Independent Film Festival (Sept. 19 – 27)
Devoted to discovering the greatest in new filmmaking, the Oregon Independent Film Festival scans the globe to find the best in new cinema, while promoting the majestic state of Oregon as a global film tourism destination.

Eastern Oregon Film Festival (Oct. 19 – 21)
Held in La Grande and in its eighth year, the festival will showcase narrative shorts, narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, music videos and animation. The cinephile can also enjoy special events, parties, and live music.

BendFilm Festival (Oct. 12 – 15)
The 2017 Bend Film Festival will present 36 feature films and 68 shorts from 13 countries.  So…it’s safe to say there is something in the program that will dazzle, delight, entertain or make you think.  BendFilm also offers several film education opportunities for all ages, during the festival and throughout the year.

Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (Nov. 1 – 5)
This is the 44th 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.

Fresh Film Northwest (Nov. 4)
This is a juried survey of work by up-and-coming teen filmmakers living in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia. Now in its 41st year, the Festival recognizes individual talent, showcases model examples of how film arts can be taught in schools, and engages all of us in helping to build the Northwest regional youth media community of 13- to 19-year-olds.

Plan Ahead: Upcoming Film Festivals to Look Forward to in 2018

Portland International Film Festival (Feb. 15 – March 1)
Presented by the Northwest Film Center, the 41st annual festival is the biggest film event in Oregon, premiering more than 100 feature films and 60+ short films from around the globe, drawing more than 35,000 people for screenings, lectures from visiting artists and special events.

Ashland Independent Film Festival (April 12 – 16)
Over 7000 film lovers gather at the art-deco Varsity Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, and other venues to watch over 90 documentary, feature, and short films in five days. Filmmakers from around the world engage with the audience after each screening and at festival events.

About The

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.