Columbia Gorge International Film Festival

There’s a world-class film festival about to happen in our Gateway to the Gorge—Washougal!—which has morphed into quite the North Bank hotspot, with trendy eateries and a Torque Coffee Roasters, brewpubs, boutiques, and modern-yet-friendly architecture along Main Street. So why not add the eighth annual Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, happening Aug. 6-16, to Washougal’s attractions?

The festival features free international short and feature films, documentaries, workshops, students films, script reads, guest speakers, outdoor screenings, music videos, and related events and activities. And here’s the fun part: Washougal’s Angaelica Farms is opening its gates and fields to filmmakers and film lovers who want to camp out under Pacific Northwest skies. For $25 per person per night (or $15 for kids), festivalgoers can bring their tents and sleeping bags. The price includes transportation to festival screenings and workshops, breakfast each morning and family-style dinners, drinks and snacks (including local craft brews and wines), and access to indoor showers and restrooms, and free outdoor movie sessions, plus live music and other performances.

Other venues for film-watching and workshops include the Washburn Performing Arts Center at 1201 39th St. in Washougal, Vancouver Community Library at 901 C St. in downtown Vancouver, the Camas Public Library at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave. in Camas, Torque Coffee Roasters at 501 Columbia St. in downtown Vancouver, and the Star Theater at 13 N.W. Sixth Ave. in Portland. For a complete schedule, click here. To learn more about the festival, and to see a complete list of films being screened, visit

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