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Call for Entry
Port Townsend Film Festival 2018

Dear Filmmakers,
We invite you to submit your film for the 19th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival which takes place September 21-22-23, 2018. This year we will award $6,000 in cash prizes!

The earlier we receive your film, the lower the submission fee. PTFF filmmaker alums pay no fee at all EVER.

Early Deadline • February 10, 2018
Features $30 / Shorts $20

Regular Deadline • March 15, 2018
Features $45 / Shorts $30

Late Deadline • April 20, 2018
Features $60 / Shorts $40

Über Late • May 9, 2018
Features $85 / Shorts $45

"If you had told me that there was a movie-crazy town on the tip of the Olympic Peninsula, I wouldn’t have believed you. But somehow Port Townsend is a real movie mecca. As a filmmaker, I can’t think of a place more energized around the idea of film. PTFF is the driving engine of a community of people who love movies. What the Festival has created is a treasure, to be re-discovered every year.”
Morgan Neville
Academy Award Winning Director, 20 Feet from Stardom, PTFF Special Guest 2017

Our filmmakers are treated like royalty, with an opening parade, parties, a filmmakers’ private lounge, free lodging, and pickup at SeaTac Airport. Travel support may be available!


  • Feature length films defined as more than 40 minutes long (narrative and documentary)
  • Short films defined as up to 40 minutes long (narrative and documentary)

You are submitting to a competitive program. If selected, your film will be eligible for one or more of the following awards:

  • Best Narrative Feature $2,500 cash prize

  • Best Documentary Feature $2,500 cash prize

  • Jim Ewing Young Director Award with $1,000 cash

  • Best Narrative Short

  • Best Documentary Short

  • Best Adventure Film

  • Best Animated Film (of any length)

  • Audience Choice is awarded in each category, as well as special recognition awarded at the discretion of the jury.


Port Townsend Film Festival requires online entries submitted through Film Freeway or Withoutabox. Both are submission sites, providing cost-saving paperless submission. Follow their guidelines for uploading your films. Select the highest resolution supported.

Submission Format
Films submissions are accepted in the following order of preference:
Online through FilmFreeway or Withoutabox (use the recommended format).

Information about your film must include:
• Title - As it will appear in the Print Program
• Director (s) - As to appear in the Print Program
• Year of Completion
• Country of Origin
• Runtime
• Category (select one: feature narrative, feature documentary, short narrative, short documentary)
• Synopsis

We DO NOT accept ‘Works in Progress’

Foreign language films must have English subtitles.

If you have any questions contact our Film Wrangler,
Christy Spencer,

We look forward to seeing your work,

Janette Force, Executive Director
Jane Julian, Programming Director