SUBMISSION DEADLINES!!!  Regular Submission Deadline is Friday, August 14th and Late Submission Deadline is Friday. August 28th!

402A0212POWFest is accepting submissions for the 2016 festival! The ninth annual festival will take place March 3 – 6, 2016 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland. In addition to the annual festival, filmmakers have the opportunity to be selected for our POWMonthly screening series, which extends our ability to bring women’s voices to the Portland film scene throughout the year.

Films must be directed or co-directed by women and can be of any length, style, or genre. Detailed information about submitting films can be found in our Submissions FAQ!


POWLogo_BlackOver the past eight seasons POWFest has developed relationships with a variety of national and local sponsors –some that have been with us since our very first festival! We want to thank all of our current and returning sponsors for their support!

Interested in supporting the 2016 POWFest? Check out our 2016 Sponsorship Kit for all the details!

Past sponsors include: The Faerie Godmother Family Fund, LUNA, New Belgium Brewing, Zipcar, The Hotel DeLuxe, SAGIndie, Koener Camera, REX, and MetroEast Community Media.

Interested in other ways to support POWFest?? Check out out out membership program!


POWGirls15_4POWGirls summer workshop registration is open! There is only one spot left in our Intro to Filmmaking open to girls 15-19 who are interested in becoming media-makers. Spread the word and sign up HERE!

POWGirls, is an unique filmmaking workshop for girls. Our mission is to help girls realize their power, creativity and voice in media production and encourage them to explore opportunities as future media-makers. We want to encourage girls to be creative, tech-savvy leaders who will help realize gender equity in media industries. We want to foster the POWER of WOMEN in MEDIA.

Check out the awesome features on POWGirls in The Portland Mercury and Willamette Week.

If you have questions or would like to Sponsor a POWGirl, please contact Education Manager Barb Myers at [email protected] or 503.314.9902.

POWMONTHLY! In August, we are honoring love and communication with a special screening of Compensation, directed by Zeinabu irene Davis.

compen_hiresCOMPENSATION (1999) presents two unique African-American love stories between a deaf woman and a hearing man. Inspired by a poem written by Paul Laurence Dunbar, this moving narrative shares their struggle to overcome racism, differing abilities and discrimination. Innovatively filmed to incorporate silent film techniques (such as title cards and vintage photos) to make the piece accessible to hearing and deaf viewers alike, and to share the vast possibilities of language and communication.

Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $5-$10 at the door.  Any amount over $5 will go directly to support the work of POWFest.

Doors open at 6:30pm.  No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Attendees will also be entered into a drawing for a POWFest Membership!

ASL Interpretation will be provided for the introduction and end of film audience discussion.

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Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

POWMonthly ~ Monday August 24th, 7pm ~ The Clinton Street Theater

Women in Film Meet-up ~ Tuesday, August 11th ~ Vie de Boheme

OMPA Classic  ~ Friday August 21st ~ Stone Creek Golf Club

Want to help POWFest grow?

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The Mission of POWFest

In recognition of the power of women’s voices in film, the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) places a spotlight on women directors by showcasing their work and strengthening the community of women in film. We feature the work of today’s top women directors, honoring the true pioneers while providing support and recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers.

POWFest’s overarching goal is to increase the number of women in leadership roles in media by providing resources, education and visibility.