The 43rd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival is pleased to make your acquaintance. We are glad to be showcasing once again new work by some of the very best film talent our region has to offer, capturing a snapshot of the creative community that surrounds us. With this annual event, the Northwest Film Center continues its mission to nurture the growth and success of filmmakers who are pushing their voices and dreams forward in new and engaging work.
This year we’re adding two new venues to the Festival to accommodate the bounty. Portland State University’s 5th Avenue Cinema and Skype Live Studio, both near the Whitsell Auditorium, create a campus of access and conversation. Most programs screen twice and we hope it enables you the chance to see more of the great films in this year’s program. In addition to the films, this year’s Festival features an opening day Filmmakers’ Summit–an opportunity to discuss current topics, trends, and technologies in the filmmaking world.
The Northwest Film Center owes many thanks to individuals and organizations in helping us shape this year’s event. First of all, a hearty salute to Festival judge Jonathan Marlow for his generous work in shaping the two shorts programs and for singling out works deserving of special recognition. We hope his perspective adds to your enjoyment of the selections.
Many thanks to our poster designer Ron Mason Gassaway, and Alex Morris who created the Festival’s trailer. The Festival also appreciates the longtime support of the James F and Marion L. Miller Foundation, LAIKA, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Citizens of Portland through the Arts Access and Education Fund.
All these friends, and many more recognized in the program, have helped shape a Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival that we hope will make you celebrate the power or our region’s makers. Come out to meet and support this year’s filmmakers.
Ben Popp, Festival Manager
Bill Foster, Director, Northwest Film Center