Short Film Festival
October 1-2, 2016
McMinnville, Oregon
October 1-2, 2016

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Planning for 2016:

The McMinnville Short Film Festival continues to grow! The 6th Annual MSFF is expanding to a 2-day event to be held on Saturday & Sunday, October 1-2, 2016.

Call for entries will open in early December. We'll have lots of announcements in the next few months, so stay tuned!

This festival is open to amateur and professional filmmakers alike. The goal of the MSFF is to provide a venue where short-film 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.

5th Annual Film Festival - a huge success!

The 5th Annual McMinnville Short Film Festival was held October 3, 2015, at the McMinnville Cinema in McMinnville, OR, with all proceeds benefitting the work of the McMinnville Sunrise Rotary Foundation.

See the complete list of Winners and Official Selections.

A huge THANK YOU to all the filmmakers, presenters and supporters who made this year's event our best yet! And it's not too soon to start planning your entries for next year...

Thank you to our keynote speaker Will Vinton! Thank you to McMinnville’s own Oscar-winning filmmaker Will Vinton, who was the keynote speaker at this year’s McMinnville Short Film Festival on Saturday, October 3!

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

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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)

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