Portland Dance Film Fest uses Film Freeway for all film submissions. PDFF accepts narrative, non-narrative, animation, mini documentary, & most forms of dance on camera. All lengths are accepted. Documentaries are limited to 20 mins. Submissions are accepted from January – April. More submission details here.

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PDFF organizers select 5-6 judges each year to watch, reflect, and rate the films. Each judge has their own area of expertise: film, music, dance, choreography, narrative, etc. The judges meet together multiple times to discuss, and narrow down to the final selection: the PDFF Picks. Because the Portland dance community is small, if a judge had a roll in creating a film that was submitted, they don’t review it and it’s left up to the other judges to adjudicate.


PDFF consists of multiple nights of screenings. All films are selected from films submitted during the submission period and carefully curated by a panel of judges.