From capitol cities to pastoral towns, it seems every corner of the Northwest boasts a film festival this autumn. Here is a brief look at some of the major events taking place near you. Check out the festivals’ respective Web sites for schedules, ticketing, and other information.
Salem Film Festival
Oct 14 – 21
With the tagline, “A truly inspired celebration of independent film & filmmakers…” the Salem Film Festival strives to showcase a broad selection of indie film talent. Screenings and other events will be held at Salem Cinema on Broadway, High Street Cinema, and The Grand Theater.
Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Oct 14 – 23
Held annually since 1996, The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, gaining industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in LGBT film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent.
Eastern Oregon Film Festival
Oct 20 – 22
La Grande, Oregon, is home to Eastern Oregon Film Festival, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a cinematic experience in Eastern Oregon. Now in its third year, EOFF not only features film, but live music as well.
Eugene International Film Festival
Oct 20 – 23
In addition to the myriad excellent film screenings at EIFF, the event also features a number of networking opportunities for filmmakers (such as the complimentary filmmaker buffet mixer, the intimate nightly cocktail-and-snack lounge, and the exciting awards ceremony), as well as several production workshops.
Astoria International Film Festival
Oct 20 – 24
Astoria, the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, and its vaudeville-style Liberty Theater serve as the backdrop for the Astoria International Film Festival. AIFF showcases independent film from around the world, but its programming spotlights regional filmmakers and youth filmmakers as well.
Portland Latin American Film Festival
Oct 20 – 26
Produced in partnership with Film Action Oregon, PDXLAFF is a festival with universal appeal that can be enjoyed by native Spanish, Portuguese, and English speakers, and all lovers of the Latin culture. Screenings include new full-length feature films, document aries and short films that showcase perspectives of Latin American culture.
Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival
Nov 11 – 19
The Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, produced by the Northwest Film Center in Portland, is the premier showcase of new work by regional filmmakers. Following the festival, the Film Center will assemble selected works for the “Best of the Northwest” Touring Program that will circulate throughout the region next year.
Olympia Film Festival
Nov 11 – 20
Since 1983, Olympia Film Society has hosted the annual Olympia Film Festival, a 10-day around-the-clock extravaganza of films, filmmakers and film-related guests, special performances, discussion panels, and educational workshops. Screenings are held at the Capitol Theater, a 750-seat venue built in 1924.
Portland African American Film Festival
Nov 17 – 20 503-484-5122
Now in its third year, the Portland African American Film Festival celebrates the depth, contributions, history and more, of African American film and filmmakers. Executive director Ron Craig, a Portland native, produces both PDXAAFF and the Astoria International Film Festival.