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.