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The 10th annual festival, which starts Oct. 11, will also provide virtual movies; make plans now.

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL - The Portland Film Festival will welcome audiences to an area at Lloyd Center mall for screenings.This story is part of our ongoing series on the Portland Film Festival. Click here for more coverage.

Lloyd Center has found another temporary tenant, as the Portland Film Festival plans to hold its in-person events at the mall space in Northeast Portland, as well as continue to present virtual screenings — to the tune of more than 400 independent films from around the world.

Tickets and passes for the festival, Oct. 11-Oct. 27, have gone on sale at www.pdxff.com. Virtual screenings go through Nov. 27 at www.portlandfilm.org. And, Comcast subscribers with an X1 voice remote or Flex streaming service will have easy and free access to a collection of films.

Portland Film Festival, presented by Comcast, turns 10 years old, and organizers looked at the Lloyd Center's east wing and thought it would be perfect for screenings, director's chats, networking events and educational workshops.

"We started the festival 10 years ago to bring diverse independent voices together in Portland," PFF founder and executive director Josh Leake said. "I'm so proud and grateful for our volunteers and our partnership with Comcast that have helped grow it into one of Oregon's largest film festivals.

"Independent voices are extremely vital to our culture and are in more need of support than ever. We're excited to be back in person by building out a cool, accessible experience at Lloyd Center mall while still leveraging our virtual platform and Comcast's cutting-edge technology to share this year's collection of compelling stories with people locally and around the globe."

COURTESY PHOTO: DARLEEN ORTEGA - Darleen OrtegaThe Portland Tribune plans coverage of Portland Film Festival in upcoming newspaper issues and on our website, portlandtribune.com. The coverage includes reviews from our guest reviewer Darleen Ortega for the second year in a row. Ortega, who's a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals, has always loved films.

The festival will feature stories by and about women, as well as the Asian, Black, Indigenous, Latin American, LGBQTIA+ and Muslim communities and from people with disabilities, veterans, athletes and more.

Movie marathon themes include reproductive rights (Oct. 22), horror (Oct. 23), mental health (Oct. 23), Portland (Oct. 23) and true crime (Oct. 23).

Advocacy films include "Wonderfully Made," "Green is the New Black," "John Leguizamo Live at Rikers," "How Does it Feel to be a Problem" and "Why I'm Vegan (Moby)."

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL - 'Wonderfully Made'"It's important that we represent diversity and independent voices on screen and behind the camera at our festival," said Joe Stevens, director of programming. "As an Afro-Indigenous programmer, my goal is to share a collection of diverse voices through our festival and bring more awareness to the importance of diversity in the film industry.

"The people that tell and shape the story behind the camera are just as important as those that portray the characters on screen. This year we expanded our tracks even more to include films about advocacy and activism, mental health, sports and more."

Virtual tickets for $15 provide a viewing window of 72 hours. In-person tickets range from matinee screenings for $7 (before 5 p.m.) to $15 for all movies from 5 to 10 p.m.; and, it's $15 for the "Date Night" special for two tickets after 10 p.m. using the discount code "DATENIGHT."

There are movie marathon tickets for $59 to $99. Passes are $149 (industry), $249 (students, seniors), $299 (all-access) and $450 (VIP).

And, again, Comcast subscribers can have free access to more than 100 films by simply saying "Portland Film Festival" into their X1 or Flex voice remote during the festival.

The Portland Tribune will provide more information about screenings online and in the print product.


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