When I moved to Portland ten years ago, one of the first video-related shows I attended was the PDX Film Fest. Matt McCormick, building on his popular Peripheral Produce screening series, spearheaded the PDXFF and helped maintain its playful spirit for many years. In the midst of an always impressive roster of screenings and workshops, PDXFF hosted the tongue-in-cheek “World Championship of Experimental Cinema” where audiences played bingo for door prizes while format changes occurred in the projection booth. Art Office’s own Julie Orser was crowned champion in 2006! When the PDXFF shuttered its doors after the 2009 iteration, a hole was left in the local scene.

Fast forward to the present— there’s a new kid in town. The folks over at Grand Detour, following a similar trajectory as McCormick, have established Experimental Film Festival Portland.

“EFFPortland was sparked by the desire to fill the current need for a Portland-based experimental media festival. A major impetus of the festival is to showcase the works of local media artists through a program of screenings, installations, artist talks, and hands-on workshops open to the general public. The festival will also feature work by national and international experimental media artists. The intention is to provide Portland audiences with a window into the diversity of work being created around the globe and connect local, national and international artists.”

The submission deadline is fast approaching (February) and the festival will take place in May. They are encouraging submissions of the wildest variety. How about we help them out?