Oregon Documentary Film Festival Event

What Is The Oregon Documentary Film Festival?

The Oregon Documentary Film Festival is a theatrical screening event on the Film Festival Circuit that screens international independent documentary films and Docuseries Episodes. This event was founded by author and retired filmmaker Mikel Fair who worked on location in the Film and Television industry from 1999-2015. Multiple short films are screened in a "back to back" format Outdoors at the Sunshine Mill Drive Up Theater in The Dalles, Oregon. Are you inspired by interesting people, historical events, political awareness, behind-the-scenes insights and thought provoking events? Do you enjoy watching films that tell a story? Are you a documentary enthusiast, docuseries binge watcher or story teller? If so, you'll meet a great community of documentary film supporters at our next event in The Dalles. Also, you don't want to miss our Virtual Filmmaker Networking Mixer events. The Oregon Documentary Film Festival Winter 2021 official selections will be screened on February 28, 2021. Tickets are now on sale. (LINK)

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Oregon Documentary Film Festival Spring 2020 Event

Documentary Film Category Judging Guide Download .pdf or Read It Online - Click Here -

Oregon Documentary Film Festival Review

"A well organized event showcasing an interesting and diverse array of important documentaries; The Oregon Documentary Film Festival is truly a celebration of filmmaking and a must attend festival for anyone interested in phenomenal and honest storytelling. The Oregon Documentary Film Festival should be on any filmmakers festival list. A remarkable experience showcasing honest, moving and important films that need to be seen and appreciated." - Ricky Cruz ( South Africa / California)

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Oregon Documentary Film Festival Submissions Are Open!

Are you a Documentary filmmaker that is interested in screening your Documentary Film or Docuseries episode at a Portland Film Festival? We've made a commitment to screening the best documentary films from around the world. We are looking for excellent storytelling, compelling interviews, fresh topics, good production value and stories that will keep our audience engaged. The Oregon Documentary Film Festival Judges recognize filmmakers every season for 14 different award categories. Would you like to review our submission rates and upcoming deadlines? If so, please go to the Oregon Documentary Film Festival listing on FilmFreeway. Our judges can't wait to watch your films and videos. We want to experience your story. Please read our Documentary Film Category Judging Guide - Download .pdf (Link) or Read It Online (Link) if you'd like to understand our how we rate and select submissions for this event. We make the process as fair and objective as possible. No politics here, we're just looking for the most engaging creative works that we can find, to entertain our audience. Have more questions about the rules and restrictions for Oregon Documentary Film Festival submissions? Please visit the Film Festival Circuit FAQ Frequently Asked Questions - LINK

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Oregon Documentary Film Festival Reviews

"This is a fantastic festival. Great communication. Mikel puts the work into promoting the films being screened on social media. I had the opportunity to attend and I had a ton of fun - even did a Q&A after my film with a very receptive audience. Hope to be involved again in the future!" - Director Andrea Beça (Canada)

"Mikel is an awesome programmer and wonderful communicator. He is supportive and really takes an interest in your work. I was unable to attend but felt like I was really kept in the loop. Highly recommend!" - Director Kate Haug

"Fantastic festival. Mikel is a skilful and a very friendly festival director. He is tremendously good in sharing his passion for film. Great communication and film selection. I am honoured to have had my short film "Faceless for the Voiceless" screened and to have received an award for it. Highly recommended! Totally worth travelling from Europe!" - Nicholas Snyder (Belgium)

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Oregon Documentary Film Festival Submission Categories

  • Documentary Film (6-30 minutes)
  • Documentary Micro Film (1-6 minutes)
  • Docuseries, Web Series or TV Pilot Episode (6-30 minutes)
  • Docuseries, Web Series or TV Pilot Micro Short Episode (1-6 minutes)
  • Experimental Documentary Film (6-30 minutes)
  • Experimental Documentary Micro Film (1-6 minutes)

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Oregon Documentary Film Festival List Of Award Categories

The official selections represent the top 25% of submissions rated by the judges on a scale of 1-10. From the pool of official selections, up to 5 finalists per Award Category are announced as 'finalists' and are eligible to win an award. In some cases, less than five finalists may be nominated for a specific category, if there weren't enough films that finished in the top 25% of official selections in that specific category. For example, we may have 20 Experimental Documentary Film submissions, but only 4 were rated in the top 25% of the official selections, therefore, only 4 award finalists are announced as finalists for the "Best Experimental Documentary Film" Award.

14 Award Categories For Documentary Films

  1. Best Cinematography Award
  2. Best Director Award
  3. Best Documentary Film Award
  4. Best Documentary Micro Film Award
  5. Best Docuseries or Web Series Episode Award
  6. Best Editing Award
  7. Best Experimental Documentary Film Award
  8. Best International Director Award
  9. Best International Film Award
  10. Best International Micro Film Award
  11. Best Oregon Micro Film Award
  12. Best Oregon Film Award
  13. Best Original Music Award
  14. Most Inspirational Film Award

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Oregon Documentary Film Festival Winter 2019

Watch Films That Have Previously Screened At The Oregon Documentary Film Festival


Farm Truck 912

6th And San Pedro

Root Shocked

Chalk Of Champions

Belong, Directed by Dillon M. Banda (Singapore/Vietnam)

"Death and Diabetes in the City of Angels" Directed by Jay Vera

"Going the Distance: Journeys of Recovery" Directed by David L. Brown

“Human Zoos” Directed by John West

"Song In A Day" Directed by Kris Jones (Oregon)

"Glass Bubble Project" Directed by Fernando Lopez

Silent Laughs: Spreading deaf culture via stand-up comedy


Film Festival Submitter's Handbook ebook
The Film Festival Submitter's Handbook
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My name is Mikel Fair and I have written this 30 page ebook to help filmmakers strengthen their submission when submitting to Film Festivals. This guide is based on my experience, starting in 2008 as a Film Festival Director that has watched, rated and reviewed more than 5000+ submissions of all genres from over 100 countries. There are several mistakes that filmmakers are making on a daily basis that I can help you avoid. I explain in detail, about how the packaging and editing of your submission can have a direct effect on how many festivals that your film is accepted to. Priced under $10 US, I have made this book affordable for everyone and will email you any new versions that we release until January 2021. Please read the first chapter for free!

  • Chapter 1: Does Packaging Really Matter? - Free Chapter!
  • Chapter 2: Are Your Contact Details Accurate? A Daily Common Mistake
  • Chapter 3: Does The Name Of Your Film Stand Out? Or Will It Be Lost In The Shuffle?
  • Chapter 4: Tips For Creating The Right Tagline And Synopsis
  • Chapter 5: Do You Know That A Director’s Bio And Resume Are Two Different Things?
  • Chapter 6: How To Write A Compelling Director’s Statement That Tells A Story.
  • Chapter 7: The First Impression Of Your Film Is It’s Official Poster.
  • Chapter 8: Without A Trailer, Your Film Might Become An Afterthought.
  • Chapter 9: Why Do Film Festivals Love Submissions With A Social Media Presence?
  • Chapter 10: Your Film’s Website, Is Its History And Point Of Contact
  • Chapter 11: Final Cut Or Festival Cut? Don’t Submit The Wrong One.
  • Chapter 12: Stretch Your Submissions Budget. Use Promo Codes. Get Discounts.
  • Conclusion

Film Festival Submitter's Handbook