Port Townsend Film Festival


Years running: 26 (since 1999)

Port Townsend Film Festival

International film festival.


Annually, the Port Townsend Film Festival screens over 100 films in eight walkable venues right in the heart of the National Historic District on Port Townsend's waterfront. This happens each September.

PTFF attracts film historians, critics, screenwriters, producers, directors and industry specialists. Special Guests to our Festival have included Elliott Gould, Tony Curtis, Dyan Cannon, Debra Winger, Karen Allen, Bruce Dern, Beau Bridges, Chris Cooper, John Sayles, Cheryl Strayed, Danny Glover, and Stephen Tobolowski.

In addition, we hold an annual Women & Film Festival to celebrate female-identifying filmmakers and topics unique to the female experience and opinions. This smaller Festival is held in April of each year.

In this seaport arts community, the people of Port Townsend love their Film Festival. Every year, the word of just how special it is travels just a little further. Each year the waves of creative, diverse moviemakers and moviegoers converge. And so the film lover’s party goes on!


• Best Narrative Feature $2,500 cash prize
• Best Documentary Feature $2,500 cash prize
• Jim Ewing First Feature Award $1,000 cash prize
• PTFF Spirit Award to a film capturing the essence of our unique celebration
• Best Narrative Short
• Best Documentary Short
• Audience Choice is awarded in each category
• Special Jury Recognitions awarded at the discretion of the jury


 Consideration for geo restrictions and date limitations will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
• PTFF will consider live screenings in addition to virtual screenings as state/county pandemic regulations allow.
• If accepted, upload of high-quality, digital film content to Eventive/Cinesend will be a filmmaker's responsibility. Submitter email will be the method of contact.
• Premiere status has no bearing on whether a film is selected. PTFF does not encourage a film being available on major streaming services or theatrical release prior to the event. Any film invited MUST communicate if release plans change. Failure to communicate may result in the film being pulled from the lineup.
• Non-English films must be subtitled.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement



United States
Port Townsend

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211 Taylor Street, Suite 401A

Port Townsend, WA 98368 USA

Tel: +1 360-379-1333

Email: info@ptfilmfest.com

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    January 01, 2024
  • Early Deadline
    January 15, 2024
  • Regular Deadline
    March 08, 2024
  • Late Deadline
    April 19, 2024
  • Notifications
    August 15, 2024
  • Event Dates
    19 — 29 September 2024
Categories & Fees
  • Early Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $30
  • Late Deadline — $50
  • Early Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $30
  • Late Deadline — $50
  • Early Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $75
  • Late Deadline — $95
  • Early Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $75
  • Late Deadline — $95
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