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Call for Entry
Port Townsend Film Festival 2017

Dear Filmmakers,
We invite you to submit your film for the 18th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival which takes place September 15-16-17, 2017.

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

“I don’t know if you know how magical a place Port Townsend is, but if you don’t, you should find out. This is a tiny town on an incredible bay with four independent bookstores and a ton of people who love film. I’m smiling because this place, this festival is, like I said, magical.”
Chris Cooper, who along with Beau Bridges were 2015 special guests.

"PTFF is what I dream about when we make films. I dream we'll meet living breathing people who go to our movies. We'll meet people who have always loved our movies and people who have just discovered them. This is what heaven must be like, where everybody gets your jokes. And run like clockwork by grown ups, at sea level.” Maggie Renzi, producer, filmmaker & guest with John Sayles, 2014

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!

Some comments from filmmakers: “The dance party on stage at the Rose on closing night was so fun!” "This was by far the most filmmaker-friendly festival we've attended. It was lovely to be so taken care of!! Thank you...” “Support for the festival by the community was remarkable!” “Such a beautiful room with a view of the mountains and a one-minute walk to my venue!” “At 8 a.m., the line for my film was around the block!”



  • Feature length narrative films: more than 40 minutes long

  • Feature length documentaries: more than 40 minutes long

  • Short narrative films: up to 40 minutes long

  • Short documentary films: up to 40 minutes long

Early Deadline • February 10, 2017
Features $30 / Shorts $20

Regular Deadline • March 15, 2017
Features $45 / Shorts $30

Late Deadline • April 18, 2017
Features $60 / Shorts $40

Über Late • May 9, 2017
Features $85 / Shorts $45

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

  • Best Documentary Feature

  • Best Narrative Short

  • Best Documentary Short

  • Best Adventure Film

  • Best Animated Film (of any length)

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

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


Port Townsend Film Festival prefers online entries submitted through Film Freeway or Withoutabox. Both are submission sites, providing cost-saving paperless submission. Follow their guidelines for uploading your films, ideally selecting 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
• Directors - 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,
Victoria O’Donnell

We look forward to seeing your work,

Janette Force, Executive Director
Jane Julian, Programming Director