Registration + FAQ/2018 Oregon Film History Conference



Here’s the registration form:

Register here for the 2018 Oregon Film History Conference 

Speakers include Ben Truwe, Worth Mathewson, Ellen Thomas, Monte Wolverton, Sheldon Renan, Will Vinton and Randy Finley.

The full schedule can be read here.

Since 2015, Oregon Cartoon Institute has offered an annual one day crash course in Oregon film history. Designed as a place of cross fertilization and interdisciplinary discussion, the Oregon Film History Invitational changes its name in 2018 to the Oregon Film History Conference.

This year’s conference focuses on the minor cinemas of Oregon: newsreels, educational films, industrial films, promotional films, scientific films, television commercials, student films, experimental films, animation, home movies. It will culminate with a conversation with Will Vinton, who began in one of the minor cinemas, experimental animation, and became one of the most important figures in Oregon film history.

The conference is attended by educators, historians, curators, librarians, archivists, writers and filmmakers. Less formal than an academic conference, it is more specialized than an event open to the public. It provides an annual opportunity for professionals who share an interest in Oregon film history to step outside their specialty and interact.

The 2018 conference receives support from University of Oregon Libraries, Oregon Film (aka the Governor’s Office of Film and Television), Oregon Film Museum, and Dark Horse Comics/Dark Horse Entertainment.

Q: Where does this event take place?

A: Fourth Annual Oregon Film History Conference
Friday, May 4, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
University of Oregon, White Stag Auditorium
70 NW Couch
Portland, OR

Q: Who is the conference for?

A: The conference is attended by educators, historians, curators, librarians, archivists. It also attracts an elastic sixth category we call “other”, in which writers, artists, filmmakers, urban planners are found.

Q: Who puts it together?

A: This year the conference steering committee included Anne Richardson, OCI; Elizabeth Peterson, UO Libraries; Libby Burke, BPA; Michele Kribs, OHS.

Q: What do I need in order to register?

A: Participants must supply a qualifying affiliation with a school, museum, historical society, or other non profit organization whose work engages with Oregon film history in some way.

Q: I volunteer at a school, museum, historical society, or other non profit organization whose work engages with Oregon film history. Does that count as “professional affiliation”?

A: Yes.

Q: How much does the conference cost?

A: Nothing. Seating, however, is limited. You must register in order to attend. No walk-ins.

Q: How do I register?

A: Here is a link to the online registration form.

Q: Who is speaking?

A: Here’s the conference line up.

Q: I want to attend, but have no professional affiliation.

A: This event is not open to the public. Contact me ( I will see if I can match you up with a qualifying organization as a volunteer.

Q: May I reserve seats for both me and my friend?

A: No. One seat per registration.

Q: I changed my mind – may I give my reserved seat to my friend?

A: No. We keep a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Q: How does the conference maintain balanced representation among this diverse set of professions?

A: We divide our limited seating evenly among the six groups: educators, historians, curators, librarians, archivists, “other”. Fifteen seats are available for each group. If a category has not been filled by April 13, names on the waiting lists of over-subscribed categories move into those available slots.

Q:  I have a question. Who should I contact?

A: Anne Richardson, director of Oregon Cartoon Institute, can answer any questions.


Founded in 2007 by Anne Richardson and Dennis Nyback, Oregon Cartoon Institute uses new media, archival film, research, networking, and cross disciplinary discussion to explore Oregon film, animation, and print cartooning history. A 501c3 non profit organization, it has no brick and mortar presence, and always works in partnership with organizations which do.