Experimental Film Festival Portland erupted in 2012 in the fair city of roses, in response to the need for a Portland-based experimental media showcase. We started from scratch and created the festival of our dreams: a festival accessible to local, national, and international artists who make experimental media for both cinemas and the expanded field, a festival that packs its days with celebrations and collaborations in multiple venues across the city and with various like-minded local organizations, a festival that is as committed to quality and cutting-edge programming as it is to energy, community, and fun.


EFF3 went down May 28 – June 1, 2014 and marked another year of experimenting with our programming and structure. We had an amazing week of “experimental summer camp”, hosting almost 30 visiting artists and producing 11 screenings showing over 150 films from over 17 countries, as well as fantastic exhibit of installations and a night of performance and music madness!

Our inaugural EFF Portland Local Throwdown was a fantastic and hotly contested spectacle, beginning at our collaborative Kill All Festivals event when we drew the random match-ups and continuing through to the last night of the fest. EFF3 wrapped with experimental German films curated by Cinema Project, films made with natural process curated by Caryn Cline and Julie Perini, and an amazing program called Black Radical Imagination curated by Chicago’s Amir George. We want to thank the Precipice Fund, PICA, Calligram Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for giving us the opportunity to cover  travel expenses and honoraria for performers and curators, both local and visiting.

To watch a clip of the festival click here - EFF trailer

To read recent press about EFF click the links below: 

Portland Mercury

PSU Vanguard









About the Precipice Fund

Administered by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) as part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Regional Regranting Program, the Precipice Fund awards grants to unincorporated visual art collectives, alternative spaces, and collaborative projects in Portland, Oregon. Recognizing the barriers to funding faced by independent arts initiatives, Precipice Fund seeks to support both new and existing projects emblematic of Portland’s alternative, on-the-ground art community.