Submissions open for the 2017 POWFest on May 1st!

Mark your calendars to attend the 10th Annual POWFest on March 2-5, 2017!

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Questions about submitting to POWFest? Check out our FAQ!

2017 POWFest Call-For-Entries!

The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) is now accepting entries for its tenth annual festival scheduled to take place March 2 – 5, 2017. The regular deadline for entries is Friday, September 16, 2016.

Deadlines & Fees

  • Early Bird Deadline: Friday, June 17, 2016 ~ $25
  • Regular Deadline: Friday, August 19, 2016 ~ $40
  • Late Deadline: Friday, September 2, 2016 ~ $50
  • WAB Extended Deadline: September, 16, 2016 ~ $70

Films must be directed or co-directed by women and can be of any length, style, or genre. 


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 overall goal is to provide 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.

During our festival season, which includes both a 4-day festival in March and an extended festival throughout the year, we promote and create professional development and networking opportunities for women filmmakers of every level. We value filmmaker participation throughout the season and strive to bring Portland audiences programming that is thought-provoking and will engage them well beyond the theater.

POWFest has had the honor of hosting a variety of emerging filmmakers and accomplished Directors like Allison Anders, Irene Taylor-Brodsky, Kathryn Bigelow, Gillian Armstrong, Amy Heckerling, Barbara Kopple, Penelope Spheeris, Ondi Timoner, Joanna Priestley and Catherine Hardwicke. The 4-day festival, scheduled for March 2-5, 2017 will feature over 50 films, offering attendees a variety of narrative and documentary programming. Extended festival events allow us to provide focused attention on special programs, providing visibility to women’s work throughout the year. Both experiences are enhanced by filmmaker participation in post-screening Q&As & panels.

It is POWFest’s goal to be inclusive of all women’s voices, regardless of race, class, age, religion, abilities, sexuality or gender presentation. We respect each individual’s right to gender self-determination.

POWFest is produced by Sour Apple Productions in partnership with The Hollywood Theatre.

*** There is a new process for youth submissions this year! For more details and to apply for a youth director fee waiver, click here! ***