Oregon Coast Film Festival 2015

Everybody’s got a story to tell.

Share yours at the Oregon Coast Film Festival in Bandon, Oregon.

Film festival founder Dave Wilhite offered a new challenge in 2015: He asked to see “the greatest cranberry story ever told” brought to life on screen. Submissions in the new Cranberry Challenge were screened in October.

“Harvest,” a documentary short about the Kranick cranberry farm won the challenge. Fletch Murray took his CineBootCamps filmmakers to Dave Kranick’s Ocean Spray cranberry farm in Bandon, Oregon to film the 2014 cranberry harvest– the Kranick farm will become a century farm in 2017.

Other categories for documentary shorts are, Historical and Cultural; Tourism, Outdoor and Recreational; and Student Videos. Independent and feature length submissions are also welcome.

The Oregon Coast Film Festival welcomes professional and amateur submissions for the annual festival. Videos in all categories are screened, and prizes are awarded for the best documentaries. Find more information at oregoncoastfilmfestival.org.

Tell your storyharbor

“I’m interested in hearing stories about the area and the landscape, the culture,” said Wilhite.


A fan of narrative broadcast journalism and independent film, Wilhite says video is the storytelling medium of the day. His professional portfolio includes work in the internet and web development industry.

Digital technology makes shooting and publishing video an affordable, accessible medium for almost anyone.

“It’s so easy to tell a story, to drag and drop content on a timeline,” he said.

Wilhite moved to Southwestern Oregon from Southern California 11 years ago. His interest in local culture grew as he investigated the landscape, spoke with longtime residents and gained insight from their knowledge of the area.

He started the Oregon Coast Film Festival in 2013 to entice more storytellers to share their experiences. In the last two years, the festival has drawn entries from professional and amateur filmmakers throughout the Pacific Northwest. A few participants have used the local festival as a stepping stone to larger regional film festivals.

Tips for novice video producers

Wilhite encourages up-and-coming video producers to submit their work to the festival and offers ideas for those just getting started making documentaries.

  • Get out and find your story: Take photos, shoot video, talk to people. Begin with what inspires you, then decide how to start and finish the story.
  • Use whatever equipment is available to you: Capture videos and photos with a cell phone. Check out stock video available on the festival website. Edit your video with free online software at websites such as YouTube, or Google Drive’s WeVideo.
  • Get creative: Visit the festival’s mixed media category. Videos may include video, photos, time-lapse photography, digital art, and animation.
  • Find more ideas by watching a few of the festival’s previous entries, available on the festival website.

Learn more about the festival at oregoncoastfilmfestival.org. Photos by Dave Wilhite.