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Now that the closing night party is in the middle of our extended run, it gives us even more reason to celebrate!

Join us on Sunday, February 23 to fete the closing of the Festival. Bring your dancing shoes and kick up your heels to the swinging sounds of Portland's own NoPo Big Band, and enjoy delicious treats from Chipotle Mexican Grill.

This is event is FREE and open to the public.

February 23
Fields Ballroom, Portland Art Museum

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While this year’s Festival has its share of new works by established masters—Hayao Miyazaki, François Ozon, Andrzej Wajda, Claude Lanzmann, Jafar Panahi, Hong Sang-soo, Alex van Warmerdam, Tsai Ming-Liang, Godfrey Reggio, Yûya Ishii, and Bill Plympton, to name but a few—and new films by bright talents like Denis Côté, Lucía Puenzo, Rithy Panh, Ari Folman, Xiaogang Feng, Pawel Paw-likowski, Ti West, and Daniele Luchetti, discovering new directors is part of the Festival’s delight, too.

Among the 28 eligible for this year’s New Director Audience Award are: Vivian Qu, Trap Street (China); Mahdi Fleifel, A World Not Ours (Lebanon); Diego Quemada-Díez, The Golden Dream (Mexico); Fabio Grassadonia, Salvo (Italy); Gyan Correa, The Good Road (India); Ritesh Batra, The Lunchbox (India); Peyman Moaadi, The Snow on the Pines (Iran); Flora Lau, Bends (Hong Kong); Benedikt Erlingsson, Of Horses and Men (Iceland); Jan Ole Gerster, Coffee in Berlin (Germany); Katrin Gebbe, Nothing Bad Can Happen (Germany); Ramon Zürcher, The Strange Little Cat (Germany); Marc Boréal and Thibaut Chatel, My Mommy Is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill (France); Sherief Elkatsha, Cairo Drive (Egypt); Ask Hasselbalch, Antboy (Denmark); Clement Oubreie and Marguerite Abouet, Aya of Yop City (France); Jean-Christophe Dessaint, The Day of the Crows (France); Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez, Manakamana (Nepal); Jillian Schlesinger, Maidentrip (The Netherlands); Hisham Zaman, Before Snowfall (Norway); Iram Haq, I Am Yours (Norway); Anthony Chen, Ilo Ilo (Singapore); Hannah Espia, Transit (The Philippines); Oskar Alegría, The Search for Emak Bakia (Spain); Gabriela Pichler, Eat Sleep Die (Sweden); Helena Ahonen and Max Andersson, Tito on Ice (Sweden); Ryan McGarry, Code Black (US); and John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Finding Vivian Maier (US). Our thanks to the Henry Lea Hillman Jr. Foundation for supporting this program.



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This year’s Festival features the Portland premieres of 22 films submitted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, including: Wajma (Afghanistan), The German Doctor (Argentina), The Rocket (Australia), Television (Bangladesh), Gabrielle (Canada), Back to 1942 (China), The Don Juans (Czech Republic), Disciple (Finland), Two Lives (Germany), Metro Manila (Great Britain), Boy Eating the Bird’s Food (Greece), Of Horses and Men (Iceland), The Good Road (India), The Great Passage (Japan), Juvenile Offender (South Ko-rea), Heli (Mexico), I Am Yours (Norway), Child’s Pose (Romania), Circles (Serbia), Ilo Ilo (Singapore), 15 Years and One Day (Spain), and The Butterfly’s Dream (Turkey). Our thanks go to The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation for their support of these films.



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This year’s Festival features five programs featuring 35 memorable snapshots—animated, live-action, documentary, experimental, and narrative—from across the world, including one program highlighting the outstanding short work of Oregon film-makers. Special thanks to Wieden+Kennedy for supporting these programs.



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Thanks to Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines for helping to bring our guests and to our hotel partners—Hotel deLuxe, Hotel Modera, and Ace Hotel—for their hospitality in providing guest accommodations.

See the full list of visiting artists here.




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This year’s Festival boasts 22 fresh perspectives on the world we live in and the fascinating people and stories that surround us. This year’s nonfiction selections include: The Missing Picture (Cambodia), Cairo Drive (Egypt), The Last of the Unjust (France), Google and the World Brain (Great Britain), A World Not Ours (Lebanon), Manakamana (Nepal), Maidentrip (The Netherlands), The New Rijksmuseum (The Netherlands - CANCELLED), People in Places (Spain), The Search for Emak Bakia (Spain), Village at the End of the World (Great Britain), Code Black (US), Finding Vivian Maier (US), The Galapagos Affair (US), Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer’s Monolithic Sculpture (US), Particle Fever (US), Remote Area Medical (US), Teenage (US), Tim’s Vermeer (US), Tito on Ice (Sweden), Visitors (US), and What is Cinema? (US). Our thanks go to The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation for their support of these films.



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In addition to the many award-winning animated films in the Short Cuts programs, this year’s Festival includes seven animated features that have charmed audiences all over the world. The selections include: Aya of Yop City (France), The Day of the Crows (France), Ernest and Celestine (France), My Mommy is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill (France), The Congress (Israel), The Apostle (Spain), and Cheatin’ (US). Thanks to LAIKA for supporting these animated Festival films.



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The Festival’s Global Classroom program serves as a point of introduction for the next generation of cinema lovers by enriching the high school classroom experience and broadening young people’s understanding of our world through film. With support from the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, and Chipotle Mexican Grill, the Festival will screen a number of this year’s selections for high school students and teachers at special weekday times in the Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. For information on the films or to make reservations for these free screenings, please call the Film Center at 503-221-1156 or email


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Film lovers from nine to 90 will be charmed by these award-winning films suitable for younger viewers, depending on subject interest and subtitle-reading ability. Family-friendly Festival films include: Antboy (Denmark), Aya of Yop City (France), The Day of the Crows (France), Ernest and Celestine (France), My Mommy is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill (France), Maidentrip (The Netherlands), The Zigzag Kid (The Netherlands), and The Tough Guys (Norway). Thanks to The Lamb-Baldwin Foundation for supporting this programming.

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Our late-night series—for the nocturnally inclined whose cinematic tastes are adventurous—offers special treats for devotees of genre films that push the boundaries. All the screenings take place at Cinema 21 and will start at 12:00am. The PIFF After Dark selections include: Borgman (The Netherlands), The Congress (Israel), The Sacrament (US), Proxy (US), Coherence (US), and Nothing Bad Can Happen (Germany). Our thanks to Yelp! Portland for supporting this programming.


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As always, you get to be the judge. Let us know your opinions about the films in this year’s Festival. Ballots will be available at the screenings for you to rate and comment on the films. At the conclusion of the Festival, the results of the balloting will be announced, with Audience Awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Documentary, Best Short, Best New Director, and other special recognitions. We also welcome your feedback on your PIFF experience and how we can make next year’s Festival better.



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