Eastern Oregon Film Festival has been named one of MovieMaker’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals of 2022. The annual list recognizes festivals that go out of their way to be innovative, welcoming, and simply cool. The full list of festivals is below.

“We strive to create a unique and memorable experience for our visiting filmmakers,” says Christopher Jennings, EOFF Director. “The artist experience is key to building a network of talented alumni who not only want to submit to and participate in the festival but who can also see the beauty, history, character, and depth The Grande Ronde Valley has to offer in the way of storytelling.  Seeing past EOFF attendees return to make movies and engage in project development in our community is a highlight of our efforts.”

“We’re grateful to the brilliant panel of moviemakers and film experts who chose these 25 festivals,” says MovieMaker editor-in-chief Tim Molloy. “All 25 offer unforgettable, unique, happy experiences. They’re cool in the sense of ‘Whoa, that’s cool!,’ but also cool in terms of people being relaxed and nice to each other.”

Eastern Oregon Film Festival celebrates its thirteenth annual event October 20-22, 2022 in and via La Grande, Oregon. Screening venues include Eastern Oregon University’s McKenzie and Schwartz Theater, HQ (festival headquarters and creative venue in downtown), The Lodge at Hotlake Springs,  and the soon to be open Historic Liberty Theater. The festival will serve up a Virtual Program as well so audiences from all over can participate in viewing the Official #EOFF2022 Selections. Program announcements begin in August and Festival Passes are available to purchase now on the festival website. Plan to visit Eastern Oregon this October. Sign up for our email blasts.

And here’s the complete list of MovieMaker’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals of 2022:

  • Aspen Shortsfest
  • Austin Film Festival
  • Busan International Film Festival
  • Chattanooga Film Festival
  • Eastern Oregon Film Festival
  • Filmfort 
  • Frameline Film Festival
  • Il Cinema Ritrovato 
  • Key West Film Festival
  • Luxembourg City Film Festival
  • Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
  • Marrakech International Film Festival
  • New Filmmakers Los Angeles
  • New Orleans Film Festival 
  • New York Asian Film Festival
  • Nitrate Picture Show
  • Odesa International Film Festival
  • Over-The-Rhine International Film Festival
  • Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
  • Philip K. Dick Film Festival
  • Prismatic Ground
  • Provincetown International Film Festival
  • UCLA Festival of Preservation
  • Urbanworld Film Festival
  • Zurich Film Festival

MovieMaker is dedicated to the art and craft of making movies. Our list of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in 2022 appears in our new issue, with Emily the Criminal star Aubrey Plaza on the cover.


Eastern Oregon Film Festival director Christopher Jennings: director@eofilmfest.com

MovieMaker publisher Deirdre McCarrick: deirdre@moviemaker.com

MovieMaker editor-in-chief Tim Molloy: tim.molloy@moviemaker.com