Action! March in Portland Means Fabulous Film Festivals
Looking for fun things to do in Portland in March? There’s no better time than the month of March to hit the city’s theaters to indulge in film after film covering nearly every interest known to man! From documentaries to whimsical romances, it’s time to mark your calendar for a month of celluloid.
March 5 – Mountain Film
Altitude, nature and adventure fanatics, this is the film festival for you! Mountainfilm on Tour brings Portland a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm festival (held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado). Held at Revolution Hall on March 5, the show will explore themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission: to use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. Details here.
March 5-19 – The Northwest Filmmakers Festival
The Northwest Filmmakers Festival is an annual film festival in Portland, Oregon, U.S and is the Northwest’s premiere showcase of new work by leading regional filmmakers. The event brings artists and audiences together for a community celebration including current northwest film exhibition, and Northwest Filmmakers Summit. Each year the Festival draws more than 400 entries from filmmakers in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Details here.
March 6-15 – Portland International Film Festival
The Northwest Film Center is hosting its 43rd Portland International Film Festival March 6-15, 2020. This year, PIFF will include 10 days of films, talks, workshops, visiting artists, and parties. While heading to individual screenings is always an excellent option, PIFF passes are a great way to experience all that the festival offers. Start with the opening night at 5 p.m.: short films America and The Giverny Document will play at both the Whitsell and Cinema 21. Then at 7 p.m.,The Climb will screen at Cinema 21 and at 7:15 p.m. Clementine will screen at the Whitsell. Just after, at 9 p.m., join the Opening Night Party at the Fred & Suzanne Fields (Sunken) Ballroom. Details here.
March 11, 7 p.m. – German Monthly Film Festival
Ach ja! The Clinton Street Theater’s Monthly Film Series shows a variety of German-language films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. All films are with English subtitles. Featured this month is M from Fritz Lang, creator of Metropolis, Destiny, Dr. Mabuse, Die Nibelungen, M, You only live once, Scarlet Street, and many more. Details here.
March 22 – Water is Life Film Festival (Free!)
Shown on World Water Day, this documentary screening takes you on a journey of the worldwide, grassroots resistance to Big Oil. The 2:30 p.m. viewing aims to inform and ignite local solidarity with Indigenous water protectors and land defenders. Musical guests and a silent auction follow. Admission is free and all are welcome. All donations and silent auction proceeds will go directly to the Indigenous communities featured in the films. Details here.
March 28 – POWFF – Portland, Oregon Women’s Film Festival
POWFF is Portland’s premiere film festival showcasing films directed by women and non-binary directors. Now in its 13th year, the festival features the work of some of today’s top women directors, while honoring the true pioneers and recognizing the next generation of leading women filmmakers. Each year, out of hundreds of submissions, only about 35 make the cut. POW Film Fest showcases films alongside filmmaker workshops and moderated panels. Travel Portland recommends POWFF on March 28 at the Hollywood Theater. Details here.
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