Welcome to the 5th Annual Portland Dance Film Fest! 

This year, as we continue to practice being light on our feet, we are offering PDFF 2021 as a hybrid of both in-person and online screenings. It has been our great hope to be able to share these films with you in-person at the historic Clinton Street Theater.  To see your faces and to dialogue with you about the films, to hear about your projects, your impressions, your curiosities is a dream we have been holding up like a marble in the light for the past year. As health and safety is a central tenant for this community, we will be keeping our senses to the wind and staying nimble around if in-person screenings are aligned as best practice. Please stay tuned and check in for ticketing and information regarding in-person screenings.

Whether in-person or online, we hope to connect with you and we hope you make meaning and find inspiration as you take in these films. We received the most submissions ever this year. In part this tells us that not only is screendance alive, but that it is a widening channel for expression and creation during a time when live performance has been slowed. Just as water finds a way down the mountain, so does our flow of creativity.

Thank you for being here! 


Events have concluded for 2021

October 15th – October 24th, 2021

PDFF Picks 1

Oct 15th | 7:30 @ Clinton Street Theater
Online: OCT 16th- Oct 24th


Enjoy this curation of 10 films from several Oregon artists, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Australia, the Netherlands, and the United States. These films make and follow threads that guide us into deep personal and societal histories, an embodied evolution of consciousness, delightful absurdity, love stories, and plenty of whimsy.
PDFF Picks 2

Oct 16th | 7:30 @ Clinton Street Theater
Online: OCT 17th- Oct 24th


Enjoy this curation of 10 films from several Oregon artists, Portugal, the United States, Belarus, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and the Philippines. These films take us on a journey through themes of drunken loneliness, deforestation, how we feel nostalgia in our bodies, human rights, inter-racial conversations, and some films that remind us to smile.


Oct 17th | 3:00 PM @ Clinton Street Theater

Uprooted – The Journey of Jazz Dance Documentary

The history, lineage and future progressions of jazz dance. The story of Jazz Dance is a complex one, it goes to the very heart of humanity.It is a story of triumph over adversity, oppression and privilege as well as a celebration, because ultimately, what all people have in common is rhythm and a basic human need to get down.

PDFF Picks 3

Oct 17th | 5:30 @ Clinton Street Theater
Online: OCT 18th- Oct 24th


This curation of 11 films comes to us from Brazil, Sweden, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany. These films offer engagement around lightness, quarantine, growing up with racism, collective mindset, an argument, a visual poem, a slo-mo body, and the overlap of joy and tragedy.
Your Spine Is Seaweed
Online: OCT 15th- Oct 24th

Documentary Pass

This year we are sharing 5 documentaries on our online platform that each approach the art form with distinguished styles and tell unique stories about life through dance, the life of a dance, or the life of a dancer.


  • Tickets will go on sale two weeks before the screening so we can more accurately gage the safety of COVID-19 in our community.
  • We hold the right to cancel the screening at any point (with full refund to ticket holders) if we deem it unsafe.
  • Masks are required while inside. Popcorn, food, and drinks can be consumed with momentary mask removal.
  • Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test from a certified professional that was completed within 48hrs of the event is required. At home tests will not be accepted.
  • Name & phone number required for contact tracing.
  • Currently the theater has a 100 person max. Tickets are first come, first served.