5th Annual

Destiny City Film Festival and Screenplay Competition

February 23, 2018 to February 25, 2018


Feature Documentary


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
October 2, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 *
Regular Deadline
October 30, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Late Deadline
November 27, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
WAB Extended Deadline
December 18, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately January 15, 2018

Features: From 45 minutes to 140 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2000

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

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Media Files

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Excellence in Documentary Storytelling
The winner of the Excellence in Documentary Storytelling award will be determined by DCFF staff and our jury panel.
This prize is shared with other categories.

First Prize Storyteller's Award
The film that does the best job of telling a complete, compelling, entertaining and engaging story will be named the winner of the Storyteller's Award, as determined by DCFF staff and jury.
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

To be considered for 2018, the Destiny City Film Festival requires:
1. A completed entry via withoutabox.com or filmfreeway.com
2. Secure online screener of your film, and any necessary password to view the film. The link and password must remain active and working through February 2018. If any changes are made to the access of your film’s link, please contact DCFF at info@destinycityfilmfestival.com with the updated information immediately, or your film may be disqualified from consideration.
3. The required and appropriate entry fee.
4. English language or English subtitles.


- Please make a note in your submission if you have any connections to the Pacific Northwest. Filmmakers who reside in King, Thurston, Kitsap or Pierce County will receive two (2) festival ticket vouchers just for submitting.
- Please do not submit works in progress. Instructional films, industrials, propaganda or promotional videos are not appropriate for submission.
- It is the responsibility of the filmmaker or submission contact to ensure that all requirements are met. The festival retains the right to disqualify an entry with no refunded fee if submission guidelines are not met.
- Submission to DCFF equals acceptance of all terms and conditions of the entry process.


The strongest films based on screener’s feedback will be placed in competition for the festival’s Storyteller Awards at the sole discretion of the Destiny City Film Festival. Awards will be given for: Excellence in Narrative Feature Storytelling, Excellence in Documentary Storytelling, Excellence in Narrative Short Storytelling, and the 1st Place Storyteller’s Award. All winners will be announced at the Closing Night Celebration on Sunday, February 25th at the Blue Mouse Theater.

Entries to the Short Screenplay Competition will be reviewed by our panel of readers and the Festival Executive Director. The 1st place winner, as agreed upon by the readers, will receive a cash prize and 2 VIP passes to the 2017 DCFF. They will also receive a prize package from InkTip including: InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you; InkTip Magazine: Publication of your logline in InkTip's magazine sent to nearly 15000 producers and reps. InkTip helps writers sell their scripts and get representation. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.


- All submitters will be notified of our official selections on or about January 15, 2018.
- Should your film be selected, we want you to attend the festival! Please let us know if travel or lodging are expenses you can’t shoulder. While we can’t make guarantees, we will do whatever we can to help make these arrangements for you. Each accepted film will receive one (1) VIP pass (good for admission to all films and events for you plus one guest), ground transportation to/from the Seattle-Tacoma Airport, access to festival hangouts and hospitality areas, and festival swag.
- DCFF requests that all exhibition formats be received by February 2nd. Blu-ray and digital files are the preferred formats. DCP will be accepted for feature-length films.
- Films may be shown once or multiple times during the festival at various locations around Tacoma.
- Portions of your submitted material may be copied and used to promote your film. Upon acceptance, filmmakers grant DCFF the right to use clips and press materials for promotional purposes unless the filmmaker requests otherwise.
- You are responsible for shipping the exhibition copy of your film to the festival. DCFF will ship exhibition copies outbound with domestic ground shipping only. Non-ground or international shipping must be paid by you.