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Lights, camera, action! Final Centers and Corridors video released; more videos solicited for April film festival

Over the past few months, we've shared a series of videos about making great places, how Portland is growing and what makes a vibrant, safe and healthy community. These videos were developed to help explain what is at the heart of the city's new Comprehensive Plan: growing in centers and corridors. We're coming to the end of our story now with the fifth and last installment in the series, called A Healthy, Connected Portland.

But growth, however well planned, can result in some growing pains. People are concerned about traffic and parking, new building designs and compatibility, and gentrification and displacement. And some of them have even made movies about their issues and wishes for the future of Portland. 

So we're putting on a film festival to showcase all the ideas and feelings out there in the community about how Portland is growing and changing. 

Call for film festival submissions

Have you made a movie about Portland recently? Would you like to share it with the greater community? Here's your chance to shine!

Portland is Growing: A Festival of Local Films
Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
McMenemin's Kennedy School Gymnasium
5736 NE 33rd Ave
Light refreshments served; movies begin at 7 p.m.

This will be a fun and lively event with local film makers, neighborhood activists, city planners and Portland celebrities. Submit your film with a link to bps@portlandoregon.gov by Monday, April 20. Please include the following in your email submission:

  • A link to a YouTube or Vimeo page (or similar web hosting site)
  • Title
  • Subject
  • Reason for making the film (what story are you trying to tell?)
  • Director, producer, writer, etc.
  • Date of publication or release
  • Name of submitting organization or individual
  • Contact information

Entries will be selected to ensure a broad range of topics and perspectives are covered. We'll let you know if your film will be included in the festival by April 22. Then get ready for Portland's homegrown Academy Awards! Your film or others', Portland is Growing: A Film Festival promises to be star studded.

And to see the entire Centers and Corridors video playlist, please visit our Centers and Corridors page.