We are just a few weeks away from this year’s POWFest and it is going to be AMAZING!! We have programmed ~ 50 films and will be celebrating the fantastic contributions women have made for over a century! Plus, our Guest of Honor is incomparable Catherine Hardwicke! Could it get any better?!


^ This is Ms. Hardwicke on the set of TWILIGHT, which is the highest grossing film ever directed by a woman.  We will also screen her most recent film, MISS YOU ALREADY and her first film THIRTEEN!

For more information about these screening and all of the FANTASTIC films coming up next month, check out the full festival schedule.

Tickets and Festival Passes will go on sale February 15th! 

Want to be as AWESOME as these women?? It’s easy! Be a volunteer!

vol1It definitely takes a village to make this awesome event happen and we want you to be a part of the magic!  If you want to volunteer this year, contact the fantabulous volunteer coordinator Kawana and check out our page on Volunteer Spot!

POWFest kicks off early with a special screening of LORDS OF DOGTOWN, Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, on February 22nd!


LORDS OF DOGTOWN tells the radical true story behind three teenage surfers from Venice Beach, California, who took skateboarding to the extreme and changed the world of sports forever. Stacy Peralta (John Robinson, Elephant), Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk, Raising Victor Vargas) and Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch, The Girl Next Door) are the Z-Boys, a bunch of nobodies until they create a new style of skateboarding that becomes a worldwide phenomenon. But when their hobby becomes a business, the success shreds their friendship. Directed by POWFest Guest of Honor Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) and written by Stacy Peralta, Lords of Dogtown is “…a dazzling daredevil ride.” (Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE)

Tickets are available for a sliding scale of $5-$10 at the door. All proceeds go to support the visibility of women directors.

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

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Looking for more POWGirls movies?? Have no fear!  There are two brand new films that will premiere at POWFest!

PGWinter16We are so proud of the POWGirls!  Over the span of just one weekend nine young women came together at MetroEast Community Media and had a whirlwind workshop to create two new films. A huge thank you to all the participants, their families, the POWGirls instructors and the team at MetroEast for making this wonderful weekend possible!

Be sure to come to the POWGirls / Youth Showcase and Twilight to see the new additions to the POWGirls portfolio!

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

Cascade African Film Festival
~ This free film festival is happening now through the first week of March and features films directed by folks from across the continent of Africa! Women-directed films are happening the first week in March! Check them out, including a Women Directed Shorts Block and Flower Girl!

Portland Black Film Festival ~ This film festival takes place throughout the month of February and features films made by African American directors or which centralize experiences of being black in America.
Check out these women-directed films:
SPIRITS OF THE REBELLION ~ Directed by Zienabu Irene Davis

Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) ~ Celebrating it’s 39th season, PIFF is a Portland staple, showcasing the work of filmmakers from around the globe!
Check out these women-directed films:
EVOLUTION ~ Directed by Lucile Hadžihalilovic.
THE INVITATION ~ Directed by Karyn Kusama
KING GEORGES ~ Directed by Erika Frankel
OPEN YOUR EYES ~ Directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky

Siren Nation Presents The Broadcast Live Storytelling Event ~ February 17th at the Secret Society!

Cameras & Cocktails – OMPA Networking Event ~ February 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm ~ Produce Row Cafe ~ Check out all of OMPA’s events on their Events Page!

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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.