International Film Fest

The Northwest Film Center is proud to announce the 38th Portland International Film Festival (PIFF 38) dates and Opening Night film, as well as the first time inclusion of two new PIFF venues.  This year’s Festival begins on Thursday, February 5th and will run through the 21st of the month.  Our Opening Night selection is Argentinean director Damián Szofrón’s Oscar-nominated film WILD TALES, an anthology of six blackly-comic short stories sharing a common theme of frustration, bestial revenge, and the past coming back to haunt in an escalating fashion. Produced by Pedro Almodóvar, WILD TALES screens at the Regal Fox Tower 10 (846 SW Park Ave), which is also the site of the PIFF 38 Opening Night party.
Screening time:
February 5Thursday 7p.m. (doors at 6p.m.; show at 7)
Trailer for WILD TALES:
The Northwest Film Center and The Oregonian/OREGONLIVE invite you to join us after the screening of WILD TALES at the Fox Tower to celebrate the opening of this year’s Festival with co-hosts King Estate Winery, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Swank & Swine, and Pearl Catering.
Opening Night Film & Party tickets: $25 General, $20 Silver Screen Club Friend and Portland Art Museum members. The evening, and all other PIFF and regular year-round Film Center screenings—nearly 500 annually— are free for Silver Screen Director, Producer, Benefactor, and Sustainer members. Buy a PIFF pass in the form of a (Director level or above) Silver Screen Club membership now at  Opening Night tickets go on sale on January 23 at
Following Opening Night, PIFF retains a sizable presence downtown and throughout the city with screenings at the Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, located inside the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Avenue), Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st Avenue), Regal Fox Tower (846 SW Park Avenue), World Trade Center (121 SW Salmon Street, 1st Street, Building 2), the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Boulevard) and, for the first time, the Moreland Theater (6712 SE Milwaukie Avenue) and Roseway Theater (7229 NE Sandy Boulevard).
Over the last 38 years, the Festival has populated its schedule with diverse and innovative films for an audience of more than 38,000 annually from throughout the Northwest.  As Oregon’s largest, most culturally diverse film event, the Portland International Film Festival pulls together a multi-faceted experience with over 150 films (97 features and 60 shorts) and special events presenting a full spectrum of features, documentaries, shorts, and visiting artists – and featuring submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and works by both returning masters and emerging talents.
In coordination with Cine-Lit 2015, the eighth International Conference on Hispanic Film & Fiction, co-produced by Oregon State University, Portland State University, and University of Oregon, in partnership with the Northwest Film Center and Portland International Film Festival, the Festival offers a broad spectrum of new films this year from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
In addition to opening with Damián Szofrón’s WILD TALES, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, the Festival will host Abderrahmane Sissako’s TIMBUKTU, also nominated in that category. As in past years, the Festival features an abundance of short films. This year’s lineup boasts eight discrete short film programs, including one devoted entirely to films made in Oregon, another built entirely of Spanish-produced content, and an animated shorts program curated by LAIKA’s Mark Shapiro. Among the multitude of shorts on offer, the festival is proud to host Daisy Jacobs’ THE BIGGER PICTURE, nominated for the Short Film – Animated Academy Award, and Matt Kirby’s THE PHONE CALL, nominated in the Short Film – Live Action category.
This year’s Festival includes the return of the popular PIFF After Dark program, showcasing late night movies like Adam MacDonald’sBACKCOUNTRY, Mark Hartley’s (NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD) ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS, and Hitoshi Matsumoto’s (BIG MAN JAPAN) R100 for adventurous festival attendees. All PIFF After Dark shows are scheduled to happen at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Boulevard).
Other highlights of PIFF 38 include screenings of Lisandro Alonso’s (LOS MUERTOS) JAUJA, Joshua Oppenheimer’s (THE ACT OF KILLING) THE LOOK OF SILENCE, Pedro Costa’s (COLOSSAL YOUTH) HORSE MONEY, Gabe Polsky’s (THE MOTEL LIFE) RED ARMY, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s (EAGLE VS. SHARK) WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, Najwa Najjar’s (POMEGRANATES AND MYRRH) EYES OF A THIEF, Albert Maysles’ (GIMME SHELTER) IRIS, Olivier Assayas’ (CARLOS) CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker’s I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY, Kornél Mundruczó WHITE GOD, Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s THE TRIBE, Chuck Workman’s (EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL) MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLES, Sergei Loznitsa’s (MY JOY) MAIDAN, Maria Gamboa’sMATEO, Yȏji Yamada’s (THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI) THE LITTLE HOUSE and Christian Petzold’s (JERICHOW) PHOENIX.
The full PIFF 38 Program is available in printed form to the public now. The schedule is also available digitally via ISSUU: Press screenings begin on January 26.
Mark Building, Portland Art Museum, 1119 SW Park Avenue
Opens January 26 — daily from 12-6 p.m. (through February 22)
Advance tickets by phone at (503) 276-4310
Advance tickets available online at beginning January 23.
Admission Prices: 
$12 General; $11 Portland Art Museum Members, Students, Seniors; $9 Silver Screen Club Friends, Children
Opening Night: $25 general; $20 Silver Screen Friend and Portland Art Museum Members
The Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by The Oregonian/OREGONLIVE, LAIKA, Regal Entertainment Group, Delta Airlines, Yelp!, Travel Portland, King Estate, Hotel Modera, The Autzen Foundation, The Lamb-Baldwin Foundation,, and many others.
The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts organization offering a variety of exhibition, education programs, and artist services throughout the region.  The Center presents a program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works year-round at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum.  For more information, visit

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