A Live Drive-In Theater Screening of Independent Films that are less than 30 minutes in length of all genres. Oregon is known for being a fun and laid back state in the Pacific Northwest with yummy food and lots to do. Whether it’s the nature experience, the arts or the wonderful wine, craft beer and food options, if you haven’t visited at least once, perhaps it’s time you came out here! The Oregon Short Film Festival is a bi-annual event (Winter and Summer) on the Film Festival Circuit for filmmakers and screenwriters of all genres to showcase their creative works in the Pacific Northwest. This event was founded by author and retired filmmaker Mikel Fair who worked on location in the Film and Television industry from 1999-2015. We have partnered with the Sunshine Mill Winery and Drive-Up Theater in The Dalles, Oregon to screen several programs of international independent short films in a "back to back" format in HD 1080p.
All types of films, videos, screenplays and teleplays are eligible, from Drama to Dark Comedy, Documentary to Science Fiction, Romantic Comedy to Horror Films and much more. The judges are looking for films that have engaging content, good acting, creativity, strong production value and great stories to entertain our audience in a fun, fast paced program at a great venue. Our program is still screened live, in an outdoor venue. In addition, we now host weekly virtual networking events where you can meet directors, screenwriters, cast, crew and film industry professionals and discuss your future projects. The most recent Oregon Short Film Festival event took place February 25-28, 2021. Find out more information about the official selections, award finalists and award winners on the Oregon Short Film Festival Winter 2021 Film Page and Winter 2021 Screenwriters Page.
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The Oregon Short Film Festival is still a live event that screens at Drive-In Theaters. We are doing our best to keep the live outdoor socially distanced experience happening for filmmakers to screen their creative work in Oregon. Please show your support by ordering clothing from our store for your friends, family, crew, cast or film enthusiast. Your contribution goes a long way to help us keep the dream alive. Thank you.
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"I would like to thank you for making this Festival, and give the opportunity to filmmakers as myself to show our work on the big screen. Wednesday was very fun. My Azteca dance crew and myself really enjoy the night. I am very happy and satisfy with the screening." - Karla Contreras (Oregon) Director of "Azteca Dance."
"The Oregon Short Film Festival Summer 2020 debut at a Drive In Theater was a huge success! 3 out of 4 days of the event were completely sold out. Filmmakers made road trips in from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Utah, Austin, Washington and Idaho. Several filmmakers and screenwriters flew in from New York and Washington D.C. Who knew that we would be screening at the Sunshine Mill Winery and Drive Up Theater in The Dalles? There are few live screenings of film festivals happening in the United States right now. We made adjustments and it really turned out to be a fun time." - Mikel Fair Festival Director
“I was very impressed with the Oregon short film festival. Mikel runs a smooth program and is a fun person to interact with. You can tell he’s passionate and very thorough throughout the entire process. The Dalles venue was very cool and my family loved watching the films from our car. I will definitely be recommending this festival to all of my filmmaking friends.” - Kristen Jensen (Utah) Director of "Lumeria"
"Mikel, thank you for putting on a great festival. The idea of using the Sunshine Winery was brilliant. I really appreciated al the hard work that went into putting in the festival which brought great films from around the world to Oregon. So, pleased to have been involved." - Director Charlie LaTourette
"Thanks to the Oregon Short Film Festival team for putting together an amazing event. The films in our session were very good, diverse and so creative! After a great screening of Phantom Rebel Road, we will definitely submit our next film to the OSFF and other Film Festival Circuit events. Thank you!" - Director Charles Wall
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Oregon Short Film Festival Submissions Are Now Open!
Are you a filmmaker that is interested in a theatrical release for your short film in Oregon? We've made a commitment to screen the best international independent short films on the Film Festival Circuit. All genres and filmmaking styles are eligible to screen at this diverse showcase of independent film and videos. Screenwriters also have an opportunity to have their creative writings read, rated and possibly nominated for awards as well. Would you like to review our submission rates and upcoming deadlines? If so, please go to the Oregon Short Film Festival listing on FilmFreeway. Our judges can't wait to watch your videos and read your stories. Please read our Film Festival Judging Guide if you'd like to understand our how we rate and select films. We make the process as fair and objective as possible. No politics here, we're just looking for the best content to entertain our audience. Have more questions about the rules and regulations for Oregon Short Film Festival submissions? Please visit the Film Festival Circuit FAQ Frequently Asked Questions LINK
Oregon Short Film Festival Rated In The Top 100 On FilmFreeway By Filmmakers
We are fortunate to be rated in the Top 100 film festivals by filmmakers worldwide on FilmFreeway in October 2019! We have fun, we network and we appreciate creative films in the Pacific Northwest. It's all about the filmmakers, screenwriters and the screening experience. The Oregon Short Film Festival strongly believes in giving every filmmaker possible, an opportunity to share their creative work in a comedy friendly film environment. Thank you for your support.
"Dear Oregon Short Film Festival, Congratulations! Your festival has ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals on FilmFreeway for the month of October 2019! According to reviews from real FilmFreeway users, your festival ranks in the top 1.5% of more than 8,000 film festivals and creative contests around the world. No doubt, this ranking is a testament to the countless hours of hard work and care that you and your staff have devoted to creating such a wonderful event. We’re especially proud to be partnered with amazing events like yours that help independent film continue to thrive." - FilmFreeway
Oregon Short Film Festival List Of Submission Categories
The Oregon Short Film Festival selects and screens films and videos from the following genre submission categories. Action, Animated, Comedy, Dark Comedy, Dark Drama, Documentary, Drama, Experimental Film, Experimental Music Video, Fantasy, Horror, Mockumentary, Music Video, Relationship Drama, and Science Fiction.
The OSFF also selects and acknowledges excellence in writing from the following genre screenplay and teleplay submission categories. Comedy Screenplay, Dark Comedy Screenplay, Dark Drama Screenplay, Experimental Screenplay, Fantasy Screenplay, Horror Screenplay, Romantic Comedy Screenplay, Relationship Drama Screenplay, Science Fiction Screenplay, Comedy Teleplay, Dark Comedy Teleplay, Horror Teleplay, Any Genre Teleplay.
Oregon Short Film Festival List Of Film And Video Award Categories
- Best Action Film
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best Animated Film
- Best Cinematography
- Best Comedy Film
- Best Comedy Micro Film
- Best Comedy Series Episode
- Best Dark Comedy Film
- Best Dark Comedy Micro Film
- Best Dark Drama Film
- Best Dark Drama Micro Film
- Best Director
- Best Documentary Film
- Best Documentary Micro Film
- Best Drama Film
- Best Drama Micro Film
- Best Editing
- Best Ensemble Cast
- Best Experimental Film
- Best Experimental Micro Film
- Best Fantasy Film
- Best Horror Film
- Best Horror Micro Film
- Best International Director
- Best International Film
- Best Mockumentary Film
- Best Music Video
- Best Oregon Film
- Best Picture
- Best Relationship Drama Film
- Best Relationship Drama Micro Film
- Best Romantic Comedy Film
- Best Science Fiction Film
- Best Science Fiction Micro Film
- Most Original Concept
Oregon Short Film Festival List Of Screenplay Award Categories
- Best Comedy Screenplay
- Best Dark Comedy Screenplay
- Best Drama Screenplay
- Best Dark Drama Screenplay
- Best Fantasy Screenplay
- Best Horror Screenplay
- Best Horror Comedy Screenplay
- Best International Screenplay
- Best Romantic Comedy Screenplay
- Best Science Fiction Screenplay
- Best Screenplay
- Best Oregon Screenplay
Oregon Short Film Festival Award Winners, Finalists and Official Selections
Films That Have Screened At The Oregon Short Film Festival
Some of the filmmakers from our previous events, have since made their films public on YouTube and Vimeo. Check them out!
Aether - Science Fiction Short Film
Ants - Comedy Film
Close Encounter Of The Literal Kind, Literally
To Wendy Who Kicked Me When I Said I Love You
Out Now! Film Festival Submitter's Handbook
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.