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Welcome to the 38th Portland International Film Festival

Welcome to the 38th Portland International Film Festival, the Northwest Film Center’s annual showcase of new world cinema. With this year’s 97 features and 60 shorts, we celebrate the world’s filmmakers—and those who love their work—no matter the language spoken. As with November’s annual Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, which surveys the perspectives of our region’s makers, we hope you set aside some time for a bit of armchair travel, discovery, and inspiration.

The programmatic centerpiece of this year’s Festival is a showcase of Hispanic language films from ten countries, and the accompanying Cine-Lit Conference on Hispanic Film and Literature co-produced by the foreign language departments at Oregon State University, Portland State University and the University of Oregon. This is the eighth such Festival and Conference collaboration, a sharing of films, visiting directors, scholars, and students that enriches one another and the community. Our warm welcome extends to the many guests traveling from throughout the world to Portland for both events.

The Festival continues to flourish for countless reasons—enthusiastic audiences, Silver Screen Club members, generous sponsors, volunteers and staff, film industry and media supporters, and of course, filmmakers who continue to surprise, delight, inform, and energize with their vision of our world. They bring the Festival to life, and we thank them all.

For the Film Center, the Festival is not an end, but a means. We want this annual sampling of the vitality of international cinema to be more than a special event, but rather to be the impetus for a deeper dive into the art of film—whether it is on the big screen or in the palm of your hand. Between Opening and Closing night the choices are many, and we hope you find among them the gems that will keep you searching for more.


Bill Foster, Director, Northwest Film Center

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