North Portland Unknown Film Festival (3)


09 Mar 2018
Call for entries

01 Jan 2017
Early deadline

19 Mar 2018
Standard deadline

13 Jun 2018
Late deadline

10 Jul 2018
Festival closed

25 Aug 2018
Notification date

12 Oct 2018
13 Oct 2018


8834 N. Peninsular Ave.,  97217, Portland, Oregon, United States

Festival description
Short film festival
Feature film festival

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films 
 Feature Films 
 Any language
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Festival start: 12 October 2018      Festival end: 13 October 2018

The Portland Unknown returns!

Our goal is to curate a gallery of film for the underground, under-known, rough and raw filmmaker. Low Budget, analog format, top priority. The Portland Unknown Film Festival is here to showcase films of highest quality and deepest heart!

Your goal is to bring us into worlds we've never seen before. Take us on a lucid dream through your mind. Teach us something new. Show us the light. Make us go, "Huh?"

On October 19th and 20th, 2018 at Disjecta , the Portland Unknown Film Festival will be featuring the brightest and best hidden gems from around the Milky Way. The festival will consist of multiple segments including a rowdy 2-minute festival where the audience is the judge.

​Submit today! Unveil your experiments and alternate realities to us!

Unknown Masterpiece
Joe Couch Award in Experimentation
The American Folk Award
Trans"format"ive Best
Best Art Direction
Best Form & Editing
Prize Soundscape
Top Ranking Student
2-Minute Champ

The Portland Unknown Film Festival accepts entries of all lengths and styles. Entries will be judged and curated by The Unknown board of directors.


Juried Films
Fall - Through January 1st /$7
Winter - January 2nd - March 19th /$10
Spring - March 20th - June 13th /$15
Summer - June 14th - July 10th /$30
ALWAYS $7 for Pacific Northwest Filmmakers - This includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, and Northern California.
No restrictions apply. See Terms and Conditions.

Free for Willamette Valley residents // $7 for outside Portland Bubble
Submission includes 1 ticket to the 2-minute festival event
Rules and Restrictions: First 90 minutes of 2-Minute submissions are automatically accepted. Once 90 minutes of content is received, the public will be notified and submissions will be closed immediately. Films must be 120 seconds in length or shorter. This portion of the film festival is not curated. No Pornography. No commercials or advertisements. All content must be original and/or belong to submitter. ONE ENTRY PER FILMMAKER!

Music Videos
Free to all! For 2018, we are accepting feminist // body positive works. Please send upbeat content! All videos over 6 minutes will be automatically disqualified.

Submitted films agree that (1) their film may be shown at The Portland Unknown Film Festival, (2) the submitter owns the copyright of the film or is authorized by the copyright holders to submit the film, (3) any music, archive footage or any other such material that is contained within your film has been approved by the copyright holders. You may be required to provide written evidence of this, (4) no post submission edits accepted without festival approval.

A submission does not guarantee a screening.



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