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Calling all women who are also directors! POWFest wants your film! Love women-made films? POWFest wants your help!

POWFest is built on an appreciation of women-made films. We accept films from around the world to screen for audiences in Portland, Oregon. Find us on FilmFreeway or Withoutabox to submit your film for just $35!

If you also love women-directed films, you can help! We take the time to review each an every film that is submitted to POWFest, making sure that every entry has its chance to shine.  If you want to host a prescreening event at your house, click here for more details about how to sign up!  Since the whole process is electronic, you don’t even need to be in Portland!

In the meantime, check out this awesome interview with Emily Mkrtichian, co-director of TRAVERSED, in which she talks about her beautiful film and her experience at POWFest last year:

Last chance to sign up for POWGirls Summer Workshops!

If you know a girl, aged 15-19, who wants to take part in a POWGirls workshop, she still has time to sign up for the Summer Sessions!  Click here for more details and to sign up!

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What happens when beauty pageants are more than skin deep? Check out POWFest Monthly on July 25th to find out!


MISS TIBET: BEAUTY IN EXILE (Norah Shapiro) follows Tibetan-American teen Tenzin Khecheo, as she travels to India to compete in this “pageant with a difference.” The pageant’s maverick founder sees the pageant as a way for young Tibetan women to both immerse themselves in Tibetan culture and add their voices to the Free Tibet struggle using the pageant as an unlikely platform, while also bringing a bit of glamour into his corner of the world.

EBONY GODDESS: QUEEN OF ILÊ AIYÊ (Carolina Moraes-Liu) follows three women competing to be the carnival queen of Ilê Aiyê, a prominent and controversial Afro-Brazilian group with an all-black membership. The selection is based on Afro-centric notions of beauty, in counterpoint to prevailing standards of beauty in Brazil, a country famous for slim supermodels and plastic surgery. Contestants for the title of Ebony Goddess dress in flowing African-style garments, gracefully performing traditional Afro-Brazilian dances to songs praising the beauty of black women.

Show start at 7pm, doors open at 6:30 pm

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Tickets available at the door for a sliding scale of $5-$10 at the door. Proceeds go to support POWFest’s work supporting women filmmakers of all ages. For more details about POWFest please visit

No one turned away due to lack of funds.

All paying attendees will be entered into a drawing for fun prize packs courtesy of our sponsor New Belgium Brewing!

POWFest Monthly is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing and Hotel deLuxe.

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

A Double-Feature “Awareness Raiser” for FPP and OTI ~ MOTHERING INSIDE directed by Amira Dughri, Brian Lindstrom (29 mins) and SISTA IN THE BROTHERHOOD directed by Dawn Jones Redstone (20 mins) ~ net proceeds benefit Family Preservation Project and Oregon Tradeswomen Inc. ~ Tuesday, July 12 at 7 pm ~ Clinton Street Theater

POWFest Monthly ~ MISS TIBET: BEAUTY IN EXILE  and EBONY GODDESS: QUEEN OF ILÊ AIYÊ ~ Monday, July 25th at 7pm ~ Clinton Street Theater

One Flaming Arrow Inter-Tribal Film Festival ~ July 28 – 31st ~ Hollywood Theatre and Clinton Street Theater. Learn more at

Directed By Women Global Events ~ Don’t live in Portland, but still want to celebrate women directed films? Check out the global community calendar at


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The Mission of POWFest

POWFest provides space where women can thrive as media makers. We accomplish this by putting strong, women-directed films on screen, growing the next generation of women filmmakers, and making it easier for women to make films.

Help POWFest & POWGirls continue to shine a spotlight on The POWer of Women in Film by making a DONATION today!


Wow! What a Magical Weekend!  We screened ~50 films and hosted filmmakers from across the US as well as Canada, Australia and Japan. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who supported POWFest 2016 as filmmakers, volunteers, sponsors and audience members. We cannot do this without you! Check out photos on our Facebook Page!

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A big Thank You to our Guest of Honor Catherine Hardwicke who dedicated so much of her time to the festival. She shared her experience as a Production Designer and Director during our private Director Breakfast, took our POWGirls through an exclusive workshop just for them, shared her tips to being a successful director during a Master Class presentation AND fielded questions from our the POWFest audiences after screenings of three of her films!

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We would also like to give a special thank you to our POWGirls POWer Circle members, who are a HUGE support and making it possible for us to keep nourishing the talent of young women directors!

This year was also special because we branched out to include webseries and music video entries for the first time. We were super excited to host Youtube sensations Lauren Ludwig, director of EX-GIRLFIEND, Laura Black, Susan Sommer and Beth Robbins of AGNES & ESTELLE and Kia Anne Geraths of MOSTLY 1 MINUTE MOVIE REVIEWS as well as two wonderful music videos, YO, YO LA CUCARACHA from Maria Marta Linero and the youth entry GIRLS DON’T CRY WOLF.

The best news? The fun isn’t over!  We have a wonderful program for you every month at our extended festival, POWFest MONTHLY.  Join us on Macch 28th for the super fun 90’s sensation TANK GIRL, directed by Rachel Talalay. Not familiar with this gem of a film?  Check out the review below!

Programming Overview

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Thursday kicked off with local director Dawn Jones Redstone’s SISTA IN THE BROTHERHOOD, POWGirls BUDDING ROMANCE, a fabulous PSA from Juliana Lukasik entitled 5% WTF!?! These were followed by Abigail Disney’s new documentary about gun violence, THE ARMOR OF LIGHT and Luján Loicoco’s LA NIÑA DE TACONES AMARILLOS (THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW HEELS) which was paired with the Canadian short AVILIAQ: ENTWINED from Alethea Arnaquq-Baril.

Friday brought two educational opportunities with a free Filmmaker panel focused on NAVIGATING THE INDUSTRY & CREATING A SUSTAINABLE PLACE FOR WOMEN FILMMAKERS, followed by CROWDFUNDING TO BUILD INDEPENDENCE, presented by the amazing Julie Keck from Seed & Spark. Once the films kicked off it was a roller coaster of emotions as we laughed our way through QUIRKY SHORTS and were brought to tears during DARK TALES.

The wirlwind continued into Saturday, when we screened a fantastic selection of DOCUMENTARY SHORTS, learned THE ART OF THE PITCH, and celebrated women’s talent for AGING GRACEFULLY before introducing our fantastic Guest of Honor Catherine Hardwicke, who shared her new film MISS YOU ALREADY as well as her first film THIRTEEN.

Sunday morning brought us an extremely valuable MASTER’S CLASS WITH CATHERINE HARDWICKE, where we learned tricks of the trade. The class was followed by the film that made her the highest grossing woman director in Hollywood, TWILIGHT, paired with another fantasic POWGirls film, STICKS & STONES. Closing the festival was a pair of SILENT FILMS, accompanied by a live performance of Donna Parker’s original composition, created just for this event!

All in all, it was a remarkable weekend celebrating the POWer of Women!  Thank you so much for being a part of it!

Much love from the POWFest Team!





We are excited to see you starting tonight at The Hollywood Theatre for the 9th Annual Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival!

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Daily POWFest Highlights

Thursday March 3, 2016

7pm – The Armor of Light plays with local film, Sista in the Brotherhood

930pm – La Nina de Tacones Amarillos

Friday March 4, 2016

1pm – Filmmaker Panel: Navigating the Industry and Creating a Sustainable Place for Women Filmmakers – FREE!

3pm- Education Panel – Crowdfunding for Independence – Presented by Seed & Spark

7pm – Shorts I – Quirky

9pm – Shorts II – Dark Tales

Saturday March 5, 2016

12pm – Shorts III- Documentary

1230pm – Educational Panel – The Art of the Pitch – Presented by Seed & Spark

3pm – Shorts IV- Aging Gracefully

6pm – Guest of Honor Catherine Hardwicke Double Feature: Miss You Already & Thirteen (35mm Print!). Q&A with the director hosted by Women & Hollywood’s Melissa Silverstein

Sunday March 6, 2016

10am – Catherine Hardwicke Master Class

1230pm – Twilight

430pm – Shorts V- POWGirls/Youth Showcase

6pm – Silent Film Showcase – The Ocean Waif & Hypocrites

Check out the AMAZING Press we have been receiving! 


POWFest and NW Documentary have joined forces for a week long documentary series! Kicking off on Friday August 23rd with the summer Homegrown Doc Festival, the week will include family programming, fresh documentaries, and a collection of POWFest favorites from the past six years. The series will conclude on Friday August 30th with a special engagement with award-winning documentary director Ondi Timoner. Ms. Timoner will be on hand to discuss her career in film, share clips of her past and current work and screen the documentaries WE LIVE IN PUBLIC and DIG!.

Program Information and Tickets
$7/screening or $12/night
McMenamins’ Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St. / Portland, Or 97209

Director Ondi Timoner

Ondi Timoner is a featured guest of the Summer Documentary Series hosted by POWFest and NW Documentary.

Ondi Timoner has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice. Her 2004 doc, DIG!, about the collision of art & commerce through the star-crossed rivalry between the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre — and her 2009 top prize-winner, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, about Internet visionary Josh Harris, who showed by example how willingly we will trade our privacy and in the virtual age– were both acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for their permanent collection. Her other features include Join Us (2007), The Nature of the Beast (1994), and COOL IT (2010). Ondi is currently directing and producing a web-channel called A TOTAL DISRUPTION, about the invisible superheroes who are innovating with technology to transform our lives permanently ( She also produces and hosts BYOD, a weekly talk show, in which Ondi interviews the leaders in doc film making in discussions about their work.

POWFest is reaching out to the Westside! We have received several requests to host programming on Portland’s Westside and are happy to be part of The Mission Theater’s “Assembly” programming!


Called “The Assembly,” the theater now features film screenings with related lectures, interviews, and performances that bring cinema to life. The Assembly’s primary mission – engaging audiences with events that are both enriching and entertaining – has few boundaries.

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