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Call for Entries Portland Festival of Cinema, Animation & Technology (PFCAT)

Join us at the "Second Hollywood of Animation!" The 12th edition of the festival will take place August 22nd-25th at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland. The festival will showcase IMAX screenings of animated shorts and features as well as films from visionary filmmakers. PFCAT includes a juried competition with over 30 awards. Submissions will be open until July 15th. 

Portland Festival of Cinema, Animation & Technology (PFCAT) embraces cutting-edge technology and its role in modern filmmaking. We are looking for amazing new films and animated works and the visionary voices behind them. The event takes place at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), home to the Empirical Theater, which is a 300 seat IMAX. In addition to 100+ film screenings in two theaters and our annual award ceremony, the festival includes various parties, networking events, and panel discussions in the Kendall Planetarium.


The event includes parties, informative panels, and special events.  These festival networking events are designed to help participating filmmakers meet interesting people in a fun and memorable way. Last year PFCAT included a special presentation from legendary animator and 2X Oscar nominee Bill Plympton. Portland is home to some of the world’s top animation companies and animators. At the 2023 event, Plympton noted that Portland is the “second Hollywood of animation.”

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Previously a touring festival (International Festival of Cinema and Technology), the festival rebranded in 2022 to reflect our home in Portland, Oregon. Since its inception, the festival has screened 1200+ films including hundreds of World Premieres and Regional Premieres. And we’ve had the pleasure to host hundreds of judges and filmmakers from around the globe. PFCAT has proudly been a stop for some of the very best independent shorts, features, animations, documentaries and other projects during their festival runs. Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure to screen works that range from microbudget projects to those created by the most accomplished filmmakers, featuring some of the world’s favorite actors. 

16 Past Cities: Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney, Toronto, Paris, Quezon City, London, Sheffield, Burlington, Jacksonville, FL, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, Portland, OR, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

Our 22 Past Venues Include: Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, CN Tower-Maple Leaf Theater, The Canadian Broadcast Centre, The Sony Theatre Culver City-LA, Fox Studios in Sydney, CNIT (Centre National des Industries et Techniques) Paris, Tribeca Grand Scene-NYC, The Ontario Science Center, Federation Square Melbourne, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, The Horse Hospital-London, Metro Arts, Brisbane, and Universal Citywalk Orlando.

Thursday, August 22, 2024 - 12:15pm to Sunday, August 25, 2024 - 10:15pm
Submission Deadline 
Monday, July 15, 2024 - 11:45pm
1945 Water Street
Portland, OR 97214
United States