Short Film Festival
October 3, 2015
McMinnville, Oregon
October 3, 2015

Home Submit Your Film Event Schedule / Tickets Bios Promotions FAQ Highlight Reel Previous Winners
Movietime Video

Chemeketa Community College

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

Linfield College

Nick's Italian Cafe


Your Space Storage


Keynote Address by Oscar-winner Will Vinton! McMinnville’s own Oscar-winning filmmaker Will Vinton will be the keynote speaker at this year’s McMinnville Short Film Festival on Saturday, October 3! The keynote will take place during the awards dinner/presentation in between two showings of the films.

Vinton is a Claymation pioneer who seems to be the most famous for the California Raisins, but he has gone on to do so much more. Read more about Vinton's amazing career at

5th Annual Film Festival - October 3rd, 2015

The 5th Annual McMinnville Short Film Festival (MSFF) will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at the McMinnville Cinema in McMinnville, OR. This festival is open to amateur and professional filmmakers alike. The goal of the MSFF is to provide a venue where short filmmakers can have their films viewed by an audience and to provide a networking opportunity to filmmakers in order to learn and share with each other.

The MSFF is a fundraiser for the Sunrise Rotary Foundation of McMinnville, and all entry fees and sponsorships are tax deductible. Sunrise Rotary will use the funds to promote their mission to make our community and world a better place in which to live! (Oregon Public Benefit Corporation Registry Number 614827-83)

Matinee Screening of Films 2:45 PM    (View the Full Schedule of Events):

Teal’s Legacy(Guy Baker, Portland, OR)
Missing(Roger Mellon, Portland, OR)
Gerard (Jason Rosenblatt, Portland, OR)
Eye of the Storm(S. Kramer Herzog, San Rafael, CA)
N.Y. 1952(Brian Fair, Eugene, OR)
All Seasons Become One(Shannon Michael Terry, Los Angeles, CA)
The Plumber(Christian Bergmans, Portland, OR)
The Audition(Chelsea Smith, Portland, OR)
This Is Not About Sex(Casey McFeron, Portland, OR)
Monster Movie(Michael Perron, Salem, OR)
Butterflies(Charles Gould, Happy Valley, OR)
Total Awesome Viking Power(Morten Forland, Los Angeles, CA)

Evening Screening of Films 7:00 PM:

Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball(Drew Taylor, Canada)
Deers(John Summerson, Portland, OR)
The Man Who Loved Flowers(Justin Zimmerman, Portland, OR)
Death to Cupid(Ben Boles, Los Angeles, CA, hometown is McMinnville)
The Epilogue(Anthony Bostler, Chicago, IL)
3br/2ba(Jeremiah Flores, Portland, OR)
The Mobile Stripper(Shirlyn Wong, Milton-Freewater, OR)
The Number of Times the Wheel Turns(Brad Burke, Tigard, OR)
No Boundaries by We Three(Matt Hakola, McMinnville, OR)
Awakenings(Bhargav Saikia, India)
Aero(Arturo Vargas, Los Angeles, CA)

Download the 2015 Call-for-Entries Poster, in either PNG format or PDF format.

Email us at if you have questions or you are interested in being a sponsor!

2015 Promo #1 - "Location Scouting"    (see all 3 promotions)

From the winner of the 2014 Documentary Award & 2014 Audience Award:

"I am very honored to have won the Documentary award [for Forward Farming: The Next Generation of American Agriculture] at the McMinnville Short Film Festival. It was a great experience to be recognized for my work while at the same time interacting so closely with my community. The McMinnville Short Film Festival is an exciting event that means a lot to filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike. Thank you to all who make it possible."
-Cassidy Davis (Carlton, OR)

From the winner of the 2014 Fiction: Comedy Award:

"The McMinnville Short Film Festival was the spectacular opportunity that I'd been waiting for, to have my work viewed by an audience on the big screen for the first time. Although being chosen to screen at the festival was plenty honor enough, being awarded as the winner in my category [for Dee-Ort] gave me a new level of confidence and validity as a filmmaker. Thank you, Dan and Nancy Morrow, for making this all possible!"
-Jordan Mackor (Salem, OR)

From the winner of the 2013 Emerging Artist Award:

"My Winning the Emerging Artist award at the 2013 festival was the impetus for my entering my film, Jesse and the Fountain of Youth, in multiple film festivals over the next year. McMinnville is not only special to me because of the award but also because I won as a 50-year-old first time filmmaker. Before entering McMinnville, I had someone from the industry tell me that my film should be scrapped and that the subject matter made the film boring and not worth watching. It is a good thing that I did not heed his advice.

Jesse and the Fountain of Youth has been screened at 8 film festivals including an upcoming Oscar Qualifying Festival in Rhode Island. The film won "Best Short Film" at the 2014 Idyllwild International Film Festival. Having been a winner at the McMinnville Festival has afforded me the ability to list myself as an award-winning documentary filmmaker, words that have served me well in this industry. A girl never forgets where and when she won her first award for being a filmmaker. I feel the bonus of this experience was coming in contact with Dan and Nancy Morrow as well as getting to know Larry Strober. I plan to submit my short films to the McMinnville Festival whenever possible."
-Tracey Anarella (Brooklyn, NY)

Video testimonials from industry professionals:
Inventor Tim Jenison, Founder of NewTek, and star of the documentary film "Tim's Vermeer" Actress Rena Strober, Broadway, television & screen performer, and star of the film "Waiting in the Wings: The Musical"

Judge's Login