5th Annual

Destiny City Film Festival and Screenplay Competition

February 23, 2018 to February 25, 2018

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Feature Narrative
Fiction (animated or live-action) films 45 minutes or longer.
Feature Documentary
Non-fiction films 45 minutes or longer.
Short Narrative
Fiction (animated or live-action) films 44 minutes or shorter.
Short Documentary
Non-fiction films 44 minutes or shorter.
Film School Student Film
A film of any length and genre. Filmmakers submitting in the discounted Film School Student category must provide DCFF with a copy of a valid student ID and/or certificate of course completion or enrollment before the film can be placed into consideration. To receive the student submission rate, the filmmaker must be enrolled in an accredited film school or film course (K-12, undergrad or graduate) at the time of production.
Washington State Resident
A film of any length or genre from a filmmaker residing in Washington State. Filmmakers submitting in the discounted Washington State category must provide DCFF with proof of permanent residence in Washington State.
Short Screenplay Competition
Scripts of any genre between three (3) and thirty (30) pages in length.


Filmmakers and screenwriters make film festivals possible. Period. This is why our loyalty is to you and the invaluable artistic talents you provide to film culture. The Destiny City Film Festival is a homegrown, true-Tacoma community event, inspired by our city’s nickname – The City of Destiny – and is built to showcase the best independent films from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Join us for the fifth annual Destiny City Film Festival, February 23–25, 2018 for top-quality programming of films, filmmaker discussions and events. Our mission is to enhance the vitality of independent filmmaking by showcasing vibrant films to curate an engaged and supportive community audience.


This three-day festival is organized by people who believe at the heart of every great movie is a great story, one that is destined to invigorate an audience through the art form of film. DCFF credits the ingenuity of independent filmmakers for continuing the tradition of compelling storytelling through motion pictures in the digital age, whether told in the documentary, animated or narrative form. It is our passion to provide screens for the finest of these independent films and strengthen the local film community by building an engaged audience.

Tacoma is known as the “City of Destiny” because of its history as the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the late nineteenth century, and today, is far more than just the little sister of Seattle. In the past two decades, a thriving arts community has flourished out of Tacoma’s blue-collar roots as Washington’s largest port. The historic museums and theaters anchoring the downtown arts culture have witnessed the cultivation of new galleries, delicious restaurants and cafes, relaxed pubs loaded with Northwest microbrews, endearing boutiques, and with them, the revival of Tacoma.

The fifth annual Destiny City Film Festival (February 23-25, 2018) will be hosted by one of Tacoma’s oldest movie theaters and, at ninety-five years old, is one of the oldest continuously operating movie theaters in the country—the historic Blue Mouse Theater in the Proctor District of Tacoma, Washington. Tacoma’s location – in the shadow of Mount Rainier and on the rim of Puget Sound – provides breathtaking views and a wide range of outdoor activities. Especially at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, whose 700 acres makes it one of the nation’s largest urban parks. Although Seattle is only a drive away, we guarantee that you’ll want to stick around to explore all that the City of Destiny has to offer!

During the festival, the winner of the DCFF short screenplay competition will be announced. For more information visit: DestinyCityFilmFestival.com/screenplay-competition. Winners receive a prize package from InkTip and cash award. InkTip: where everyone goes for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip. Winners of the Destiny City Film Festival Short Screenplay competition will receive an InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.

Audiences and filmmakers attending the festival can expect top-quality programming of films, events and filmmaker discussions. DCFF aims to enhance the vitality of independent filmmaking in the South Puget Sound and Pacific Northwest by playing local films along with the best from around the world. The Northwest cinema landscape and the thriving talent of its filmmakers deserve to be held to a high standard—and audiences deserve to see great movies. The experienced and devoted DCFF staff is thrilled to be the middleman.


Christina Nakada (Festival Manager); Emily Alm (Founder and Executive Director)


To be considered for 2018, the Destiny City Film Festival requires:
1. A completed entry via withoutabox.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.

- Scripts must be between three (3) and thirty (30) pages in length. Absolutely no exceptions.
- Writers of all ages, demographics and corners of the world are invited to enter. There is no limit to the number of screenplays you may submit, but separate entry forms and fees are required for each script.
- DCFF will not allow substitutions of corrected pages, new drafts, or edited titles of a submitted screenplay.
- Screenplays must be received by the final deadline (December 18, 2017).
- Submitted scripts must be original screenplays and the sole property of the applicant.
- Screenplays must have a title page which includes only the title (scripts that include the writer’s name on the title page will be disqualified).
- Entries must be in English, and in PDF format.
- Entry fees will not be refunded.
- Entries require an entry form. Please keep a copy of your completed entry form for your records.
- Screenplays will not be returned.
- While every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials submitted, DCFF cannot accept or assume responsibility in the event of loss or damage en route or otherwise.
- Your entry must be postmarked no later than the deadline under which you’ve registered. If the submission is not postmarked appropriately, or if a payment is received after a postmark deadline, we will not read your script until the difference is paid to the Destiny City Film Festival. It is the responsibility of the writer 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.


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 2018 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.


By entering the Destiny City Film Festival, entrants release and hold the promoter and host and other contest entities harmless from and against any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and action of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the festival. The Festival will handle the films with care but cannot be held liable for any damage or loss during the shipping, preview or screening. The Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark or royalty infringements related to the work. Applicants are responsible for their own insurance and are not covered by the festival's insurance. The Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.