Final Report on Oregon Film Festivals

In 2017, the University of Oregon partnered with Travel Oregon and Oregon Film to research film festivals in the state. The project included an inventory of festivals, a survey of festival organizers, and a survey of festival patrons. We’ve now completed the research and are pleased to share the final report publicly. Some of the key findings include:

  • 79 film festivals
  • 47% in the Portland Metro region
  • Tickets sold: 175,000
  • 80,000 unique patrons; 11,000 traveled more than 50 miles
  • 63% hosted by historic theaters
  • 20,000 films submitted; 1,500 produced in Oregon
  • Revenue: $2.4 million
  • Total employment: 240

The report includes much, much more, including detailed profiles of film festival patrons. You can access the report here:

We thank everyone that assisted in our research efforts—we could not have done this without you! We also thank our funding partners—Travel Oregon and the U.S. Economic Development Administration—for making this study possible. Finally, we thank Tim Williams from Oregon Film. The idea for this effort was hatched two years ago when Tim and I had a conversation about how to follow up our work on historic theaters. Tim discussed his experience at various festivals and his work to develop an inventory, and indicated that more rigorous research would be useful.

We hope you find the report informative and useful.  If you have questions or comments about the report, please contact Bob Parker  (rgp@uoregon.edu).

How can you support your New Natural Resource Economy?

By Aniko Drlik-Muehleck and Mike Hibbard

For over a year, the CSC has been partnering with the Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation (GEODC) and Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) to identify ways to strengthen Eastern Oregon’s New Natural Resource Economy (NNRE). The NNRE is a complement to conventional natural resource and agriculture enterprises. NNRE businesses (which are usually very small – five employees or less) use natural resources in innovative ways to create new products such as biomass and lumber from juniper and tap into new markets such as farm-to-table agriculture and ecotourism. These new products and markets provide new sources of jobs and capital, especially for rural communities.

After interviewing and surveying NNRE businesses and economic development specialists across Eastern Oregon, the project team is now releasing a report documenting issues facing NNRE businesses and opportunities to better support these businesses. See the final report (short version and full version) below and learn more about the New Natural Resource Economy! These results will also be shared and discussed during a series of workshops in Eastern Oregon this September.

It is important to note that the NNRE is not unique to Eastern Oregon. It is an under-recognized but common component of many rural economies that are tied to natural resources. As such, we encourage anyone working in economic development or natural resources in rural Oregon and beyond to take a look at our findings and consider ways to support your local NNRE enterprises.

Special thanks to the Ford Family Foundation, the Meyer Memorial Trust, and the Oregon Community Foundation for funding this project.