The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts resource and service organization founded in 1971 to encourage the study, appreciation and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence and help create a climate in which they may flourish. A component of the Portland Art Museum, Oregon's oldest and largest visual and media arts organization, the Center is one of the most comprehensive film institutions in the nation, serving more than 100,000 people annually through programs directed to the residents of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
The Film Center's year-round Exhibition Program of classic, foreign, experimental and independent film, video and animation showcase a wide array of regional, national and international cinema and video art. Annual film festivals include the Portland International Film Festival, the Northwest Filmmaker's Festival, the Portland Jewish Film Festival, and Top Down Rooftop Cinema. Emphasizing media aesthetics in a hands-on context, the Northwest Film Center's School of Film is the region's largest and most comprehensive community-based curriculum in filmmaking, video production, animation and screenwriting.