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the 37th Portland International Film Festival

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Screenings cancelled for today, 2/9

Monday, February 10 2014, 6:31 am

Today's screenings were cancelled due to the icy weather; I've removed the screenings from the schedule and send mail to everyone who'd had one or more of them scheduled. Think warm thoughts for tomorrow!

(One tiny site improvement, unrelated to the bad weather: If you bookmark this link to your festival schedule, your browser should automatically scroll to the current day.)

An announcement about announcements

Sunday, February 2 2014, 1:17 pm

When you visit this site by going to, and you're already signed in, you're automatically redirected to your latest festival schedule, because that's probably what you want to see anyway.

However, I occasionally publish little announcements on the front page of this site, as I hear news about the festival, like schedule changes or whatnot, and sending you to your schedule means you miss the new stuff on the front page.

So, I fixed it: now, when there's new stuff to see on the front page, you'll see a banner above your schedule telling you that there's a new announcement. (Like this one.)

Add your schedule to your calendar

Friday, January 31 2014, 4:48 pm

You can now add your scheduled screenings to your calendar automatically! Many calendar applications support subscribing to calendars on the web using URLs, and there's a special URL just for your calendar of screenings -- look for it in the instructions above your festival schedule grid. Copy the URL, then go to your calendar application and use it to set up a subscription. Most modern calendar programs support this "iCalendar" standard; search the web for 'subscribe iCalendar' and the name of your calendar program for help.

I use Google Calendar; all I had to do was click the dropdown menu on the left next to where it says Other Calendars, and choose Add by URL - after a minute or so, all my screenings appeared.

As you select new screenings (or re-run the Scheduling Assistant to rebuild your schedule), your calendar should reflect the changes within a day (that part's out of my control). You only need to set this up this once, ever: if you're still subscribed to this calendar when next year's festival rolls around, and you come back here to manage your schedule, your screenings will appear automatically.

Let me know if this helps you, or if you have other suggestions on making this site more useful!

It's beginning to look a lot like PIFF

Monday, January 6 2014, 2:37 pm

The 37th Portland International Film Festival is less than a month away, and I've been working on sprucing things up: this site runs on faster servers, and has gotten several performance and feature tweaks in the last few weeks. More work is coming, especially around improving usability on phones. (You can always see the gritty details of what I've been working on on the Changes page.)

If you scheduled any films for last year's PIFF, you'll get an email from me when I've set up the schedule here. If you're new (welcome!), keep checking back; they usually release the printed schedules close to the end of January, and as soon as they're out, I start entering the schedule!

Updated 1/19 7PM: I've entered the schedule - start prioritizing your movies!

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