Every Summer Has  A Story, What’s Yours?

Breezy summers by the river, summer love (or was it just a fling?), long summer nights and hot summer days… whatever your story is, we want it! Submit your film now on FilmFreeway or Withoutabox!

POWFest’s regular deadline is coming up on August 19th, so there is still time to submit your film for just $35 for shorts or $40 for features!

Don’t miss out on your chance to be a POWFest Alum like local Portlander and documentarian Christian Henry. Her film FROM SALEM TO THE SALON screened this past March. Check out her story!


Summer time film festival! POWFest Monthly Presents a special Animation & Experimental Showcase at 7pm on August 22nd at the Clinton Street Theater!


Come watch a hand-picked selection of short films!

Kalawa ~ Directed by Sara Martin
Inertia ~ Directed by Emily Hughes
Swallowed Whole ~ Directed by Heidi Kumao
I Was A Teenage Girl Apparently ~ Directed by Lyn Elliot & Nina Frenkel
Shadow Boxer ~ Directed by Stephanie Bollag
Heroes ~ Directed by Brittany Campbell
Red Line ~ Directed by Mona Abdollahshahi
Umbrella Girl ~ Directed by Monika Norcross-Cerminara
Olilo ~ Directed by Ao Li
Overheard Among the Arthropods ~ Directed by Nancy J. Rodwan
Simon ~ Directed by Camille de Galbert
Kaleidoscope ~ Directed by Catherine Dubeau
Mirage ~ Directed by Yaya Xu

Monday August 22nd
Screening at 7pm, doors open at 6:30 pm
The Clinton Street Theater

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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 www.powfest.com.

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.

In the News…

Representation matters in front of and behind the camera.  Recently there has been a lot of chatter on the internet about ways to gauge how well films represent women and folks of color on screen. We thought it would be fun to share some of these tests with you here in the newsletter! We hope you enjoy!

  1. Bechdel Test: A film passes if (1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man. To see a list of films that meet these minimum criteria, check out bechdeltest.com
  2. The Racial Bechdel Test: A film passes if (1) there is more than one character of color, who (2) talk to each other, about (3) something other than a white person. For films that pass this test, check out racialbechdel.tumblr.com/
  3. Sexy Lamp Test: A film fails if you can remove a female character from the plot and replace her with a sexy lamp and the story still works. To see how this one plays out, check out Hayley Mitchell’s article.
  4. The Mako Mori Test: A film passes if the movie has: a) at least one female character; b) who gets her own narrative arc; c) that is not about supporting a man’s story. Check out more about this test in this article from Aja Romano.
  5. The DuVernay Test: A film passes if  African-Americans and other people of color have fully realized lives rather than serve as scenery in white stories. Check out Manohla Dargis’s article where it all started.
  6. The Furiosa Test: A film passes if people on the internet get mad about it being feminist. For more check out this article from Kelsy Powers.

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

Queer Commons presents Desert Hearts ~ Directed by Donna Deitch ~ Wednesday, August 10th at 7:30 pm ~ Hollywood Theater

YARN ~ Directed by Una Lorenzen ~ August 12-14 at 7 pm ~ Clinton Street Theater

POWFest Monthly ~ ANIMATION & EXPERIMENTAL SHOWCASE ~ Monday, August 22nd at 7pm ~ Clinton Street Theater

OMPA Speed Network Event ~ August 29th at 6 pm ~ Presented by the Portland Film Festival

Portland Film Festival ~ August 29th to September 5th ~ Check out their website for more details! http://portlandfilmfestival.com/

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 directedbywomen.com

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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.