Portland Film Festivals

The season for the 42nd Portland International Film Festival has come upon us once more. This year’s event ran from March 7 to March 21, 2019.

Considered as the biggest film event in Oregon, drawing a crowd of 38,000 viewers, the festival premiered more than 140 international shorts and feature films and does so every year. The event takes place at the NW Film Center, where you can also rent film and video equipment and avail of edit labs for artists and nonprofit users.

Visitors can enjoy parties, see visiting artists and experience festival activities during the yearly event.

You can participate in the Audience Award Ballots where visitors can vote to help decide the annual winners. Every film you see, you can vote from 1 to 5 stars using the festival’s ballot system. By the end of the festival, ballots will be calculated and the winners announced based on audience votes.

Casting votes also entitle you to enter a weekly raffle where you can win prizes. It is best to begin voting early to get more chances to win in the weekly raffles.

This year’s Opening Night featured the screening of Gabriela Pichler’s Amateurs at The Regal Fox Tower which was then followed by the Opening Night Party held at the Portland Art Museum’s Fred and Suzanne Fields Ballroom.

Some of the Visiting Filmmakers for this years PIFF 42 included Irene Taylor Brodsky, director of Moonlight Sonata, Deafness in Three Movements, Jan Haaken director of Our Bodies Our Doctors, Natalie Cabral and Oriol Estrada, co-directors of Miriam Lies, Almudena Carracedo, director of The Silence of Others, Lucrecia Martel, director of The Holy Girl, The Headless Woman, Zama and La Cienega.

Festival Policies
There is a 10 Minute Rule where seats are held until 10 minutes before showtime for advance ticket and pass holders when any unfilled seats are given to the public. This ensures that advance tickets and pass holders don’t have to wait in the ticket line but this does not guarantee a seat in the case of arrival after the 10-minute window has begun. There are no refunds for late arrivals, missed screenings or after showtime arrival. Advance ticket holders who arrive before the 10-minute window but can’t get a seat may get a refund, those who arrive within the 10-minute window but are not seated can get a voucher for another ticket at Advance Ticket Outlet.

Having a voucher doesn’t mean you can get theater admission. It must be redeemed in person at the Advance Ticket Outlet for a particular film screening a day in advance of screening date. Tickets are also subject to availability.

You can’t bring in food and drinks from the outside in all PIFF venues. Security checks are done as part of the policy by The Portland Art Museum. No food and drinks are allowed in Whitsell Auditorium as well.

Ticket Bundles
You can avail of Ticket Bundles online. Go to Tickets and Passes for added information.

Bundles are given but at one ticket per screening and one person per bundle. To buy a bundle, add one “Adult” ticket from each of the 5 films that you plan to watch in your cart. When 5 tickets are present in your cart, you can enter the promo code “Bundle” in the promo code box and click “Apply.” The bundle discount is now applied to your order. This can be used only once per order.

For Hotel Accommodations, you may want to consider the Park Lane Suites and Inn being one of the Festival Hotel Partners.