Access and Accommodations

The Portland International Film Festival welcomes all visitors to experience this year’s programs and events. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PIFF 44 looks much different than previous festivals, featuring Virtual and Drive-In programming instead of in-theater experiences. Though this pivot has made it difficult to implement our usual accessibility measures, we are doing everything within our power to ensure that every festival guest has an equal opportunity to engage with this year’s festival.

For accessibility requests and questions, please contact us at piff@nwfilm.org.

Virtual Festival

For Virtual Visitors who are Blind or Low Vision
Film distributors have not made audio description tracks available for festival films this year.
The festival does, however, include a stellar audio-focused program called Spectral Transmissions: Ghosts of Futures Past.
Learn more here

For Virtual Visitors who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Many film distributors have made English subtitles available for this year’s films, though not all. The presence or lack of English subtitles will be indicated on each film event page and a complete list can be found below. Additionally, closed captions are available for all film screenings when viewed through the Roku or Apple TV apps.

Virtual Films with Subtitles
  • 499
  • 200 Meters
  • A Rifle and a Bag
  • A Machine to Live in
  • A Son
  • A Trip to Heaven
  • Air Conditioner
  • Aqui
  • Bittu
  • Bitter Love
  • Death of Nintendo
  • Dirt Devil 550 XS
  • Entre Tú Y Milagros
  • Faasla
  • Forastera
  • Identifying Features
  • Misery Loves Company
  • Mountain Cat
  • OTAC (Father)
  • Slalom
  • Stateless
  • Stray Dogs Come out at Night
  • Tears Teacher
  • The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs
  • There is No Evil
  • While I’m Still Breathing
  • Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness

The virtual viewing platform watch.cinemaunbound.org includes a User Way Accessibility Tool in the bottom right-hand corner. Use this tool to improve contrast, change text size, and more.

All events will include automatic closed captioning via Zoom. The Cinema Unbound Awards will have open captioning automatically included.

Drive-In Festival

For Drive-In Visitors who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Due to the limitations of our Drive-In screen and setup, the subtitles provided to us by most of our distributors are universally hard to read, being both small and pixelated. It is for this reason that subtitles will not be provided for Drive-In screenings this year.

Please note that we will have an additional Opening Night screening of the film Minari. This screening will include subtitles and have limited seating to ensure clear sightlines. Find out more at cinemaunbound.org/events/minari.

For Drive-In Visitors who are Blind or Low Vision
This year’s film distributors have not made audio description tracks available.

For Drive-In Visitors with Mobility Concerns
Drive-In events are located at Zidell Yards: 3121 S Moody Ave, Portland, OR 97239

The Drive-In is located on a gravel lot. An accessible portable toilet is available. The path to it is gravel and may be uneven and have puddles, creating potential issues for people with mobility concerns. 

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