This year’s Festival (NWFest42) presents 45+ short and feature films from filmmakers across the Northwest, selected by guest Festival judge Steve Anker. Anker is the former Dean of the California Institute of the Arts School of Film/Video and formerly served as director of the San Francisco Cinematheque as well as artistic director of the Foundation for Art in Cinema.
Beyond the numerous screenings on offer, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival also provides opportunities for aspiring and working filmmakers to interact directly with peers and industry professionals through events such as the Northwest Filmmakers’ Un-Conference, previously BarCamp, an opportunity for the regional filmmaking community to gather together and explore the issues and challenges facing today’s independent filmmaker. Filmmakers whose work did not make it into the Festival have been invited to submit their short film into the popular program, “What’s Wrong with this Picture?,” hosted by Seattle curator Warren Etheredge for a program illuminating the pitfalls of selling your film to a programmer in 2 minutes or less.
To compliment the festival, the very first Northwest Filmmakers’ Expo (Thursday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.) – held in the Portland Art Museum’s Sunken Ballroom – will bring together buyers and users of filmmaking equipment and services with top regional and international vendors offering a hands-on look at their latest technology and the multitude of filmmaking resources available. Already confirmed vendors include Canon, Zeiss, JVC, Panasonic, and Sony among many others.
Tonight’s Opening Night party, sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Oregon Cultural Trust, will also be held in the Portland Art Museum’s Sunken Ballroom. Both the entirety of the Expo and the Opening Night Party will feature music provided by XRAY.FM’s DJs. With the exception of one film, all Festival screenings will take place at the Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue. MAKE MINE COUNTRY will screen at the Skype Live Studio (1210 SW 6th Avenue), courtesy of KINK.FM, on Tuesday, November 17 at 7 p.m. with a pre-film reception occurring onsite at 6 p.m.
Festival sponsors and supporters include LAIKA, the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Koerner Camera Systems, Pro Photo Supply, Sierra Nevada, McMenamins, Lower Boom, Sokol Blosser Winery, the Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television, KIND Healthy Snacks, the Oregon Media Production Association, and Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
For more information, visit The 42nd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival microsite, where you can access film descriptions, ticketing links, and more.TICKETS ON SALE NOW!