While we may all only think of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) when we think of Pacific Northwest film festivals, our friends to the immediate south have a pretty impressive thing going on down there as well.
The Columbia Gorge International Film Festival opens this week (August 1), and runs through August 17. With screenings in various regions of the broader Portland area (Vancouver WA, Camas WA, Washougal WA and Portland itself), this is the festival's seventh year in business.
What we love about CGIFF is that every couple days the festival takes a break from screenings and offers day-long activities centered around the beauty of the outdoors.
"It is such a beautiful environment up here", says Breven Warren, CGIFF Founder/Executive Director. "We consider the fest an exchange, of sorts. One where fantastic filmmakers can share their work with our audiences, and in return our audiences essentially share the sights and gifts of their gorgeous backyard."
We LOVE that! Some of the activities are rafting in White Salmon, hiking at Eagle Creek and paddle boarding in Hood River. The activities are open to everyone after advance registration and a donation.
CGIFF starts out their screening of 224 films with the Pacific Northwest premiere of Frank vs. God (starring Henry Ian Cusick), showing at Angaelica Farms in Washougal, WA this Friday.