Women film makers- the deadline is extended to March 15th!

Portland Horror Film Festival is once again offering free film submissions for women directors during the month of February in support and celebration of Women In Horror Month. As a dedicated supporter of those fighting for equal representation in the film industry, PHFF has launched a new submission waiver application to allow women directors to submit their films to the festival for free.

The 6th Annual festival is scheduled for June 23-26, 2021

Gwen Callahan, co-director, stated, “There have been great strides towards having more equal representation in the film industry, and we’ll continue to support women directors in the horror genre until some equity has been reached.” Even with Portland Horror Film Festival’s commitment to gender representation, women-helmed horror films have only made up about 25% of submissions, with a similar percentage of official selections.

The waiver application is open to any women directors who have a horror film they’d like to submit for consideration for the 2021 season of the Portland Horror Film Festival. For more information and to apply, please visit https://portlandhorrorfilmfestival.com/women-in-horror-waiver-application/

Filmmakers are invited to submit their independent short and feature-length horror films through FilmFreeway at https://filmfreeway.com/PortlandHorrorFilmFestival. Independent studios or horror-oriented businesses interested in partnering with PHFF should contact us via https://portlandhorrorfilmfestival.com.

The 6th Annual festival is scheduled for June 23-26, 2021. Portland Horror Film Festival was launched in 2016 by Gwen and Brian Callahan, directors of the popular H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival. With the goal of promoting and nurturing independent horror films, the Portland Horror Film Festival is the first dedicated all-genre horror film festival in Portland, OR. Film programming is comprised of international independent short and feature-length horror films, many of which you can’t see anywhere else.

Besides being enjoyed by Portland’s distinguished horror fans, and being eligible for a number of Festival Awards, selected films are also reviewed by an industry insider for the Bloody Judge Award. Past judges include Brian Trenchard-Smith (Dead End Drive In, The Man From Hong Kong) Heather Langenkamp, actor (Nightmare on Elm Street) and co-owner of AFX studios, Brian Yuzna, producer of Re-Animator and director of Return of the Living Dead III, Gregg Hale, producer of The Blair Witch Project, and Richard Stanley, director of Hardware and The Color Out of Space.

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