Oregon’s largest film event of the year, the 2015 Portland Film Festival has come around again!
This year there’s 80 narrative and documentary feature films and 134 short films screening!
The weeklong festival encompasses master classes, lifetime achievement tributes, and a live event featuring several thousand festivergoers as extras in a record-setting Zombie Day Event.
The third annual Portland Film Festival starts today and runs through September 7 in Portland, Oregon, at seven venues throughout the city, including historic area theatres and community venues.
“Portland audiences are the most enthusiastic, film-savvy crowds in the nation, and we’re proud to bring them a stellar festival schedule this year. We’ve created an incredibly diverse and large program of films and events that honor cinema legends, celebrate new approaches and experimentation in film, and showcase the best in contemporary cinema,” said Josh Leake, Portland Film Festival Founder and Executive Director.
Full festival lineup and info to purchase passes and tickets, go to: www.portlandfilmfestival.com
Portland Film Festival’s weeklong extravaganza will include:
• Lifetime achievement tributes for Academy Award-winning stop-motion pioneer Will Vinton and acclaimed creature sculptor and puppet maker Wendy Froud, who will be recognized for her work as a fabricator on Yoda for “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” and contributions to such films as “The Dark Crystal” and “Labyrinth.
• Zombie Day Apocalypse. A live all-day Labor Day event featuring several thousand festivalgoers as extras in a Guinness Book World Record-setting film shoot, “Zombie Day Apocalypse”, to be directed by George Cameron Romero, son of legendary filmmaker George A. Romero. Event will include a night time screening of a surprise zombie film.
• One of the largest educational platforms for a film festival anywhere. Lead by award-winning professionals in their fields, this year’s festival will offer over 70 workshops, classes, panels and networking events for actors, screenwriters, and filmmakers.
• Screenplay Competition. Four finalists from 380 submissions have been chosen to be read by actors live to an audience. One finalist will win a production grant worth $20K.
A jury of industry professionals and acclaimed filmmakers will be presenting awards to competition films in the following categories: Jury Award for Feature Doc, Jury Award for Narrative Feature, Audience Award for Feature Doc, Audience Award for Feature Narrative, plus additional awards to be announced.
You can also check out the films screening – which includes “Dude Bro Party Massacre III”!! – at the above link.