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Documentary Awards


Best Documentary Competition


Historical Documentaries Competition

The Oregon Independent Film Festival screens and awards the best documentaries based on historical social and political events.


Social Documentaries Competition

Documentaries that address social issues from around the world, from global warming to human trafficking will be screened with an award given to the best documentary in this category.


Best Documentary – Environmental

The best documentaries with an environmental theme or message are invited to compete in this award showcase.


Best Documentary – Biographical

The best biographies of the last year will be screened in one competitive programming segment with an award given.



Oregon Independent Film Festival is known worldwide for our documentary discoveries, and the highly curated selection of the best new documentary films we present each year.




Here are some recent OIFF success stories:

Amazing Grace

Overpowering new documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with a full choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January of 1972. Directed by Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack and featuring James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir.

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Examines the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the popular children's TV show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

Letters From Generation RX - feat. Tilda Swinton

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton narrates the stories of real people whose experiences on prescription psychotropic drugs didn’t align with the official narratives.

When Giants Fall

This OIFF award winning documentary looks into the cruel business of the ivory trade is a cruel business. Every 15 minutes an elephant is killed for its ivory.

The Bonobo Connection - feat. Ashley Judd

The Bonobo Connection is a documentary about one of our closest and most endangered relatives, the bonobo ape. Narrated by Ashley Judd.

The Resurrection of Jake The Snake Roberts

In the late 80s, Jake “the Snake” Roberts was among the most famous professional wrestlers in the world. His talent was undeniable, and the giant snakes he threw upon his opponents… unforgettable. 30 years later, Roberts has lost his family and his fortune to his reckless lifestyle.

Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back

The history and rebirth of heavy metal band Quiet Riot, told with a surprisingly personal story in this amazing OIFF Award Winning Documentary.


Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend  The Oregon Independent Film Festival showcased and was an early supporter of Esther Anderson and Gian Godoy's documentary film Bob Marley: The Making Of A Legend. Featuring home movie footage and interviews with the King of Reggae, from before he was famous. Including footage that was lost for over 30 years.



The Oregon Independent Film Festival legendary Documentary Program.



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