10th Annual

Tacoma Film Festival

October 08, 2015 to October 15, 2015

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606 S. Fawcett Ave
Tacoma WA 98402
Phone: 253.572.6062
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Feature Narrative (Fiction; Animated or Live-Action) [45+ minutes]
Fiction (animated or live-action) films 45 minutes or longer.
Short Narrative (Fiction; Animated or Live-Action) - [1-45 minutes]
Fiction films (animated or live-action) 45 minutes or shorter.
Feature Documentary (Non-fiction) [45+ minutes]
Non-fiction films 45 minutes or longer.
Short Documentary (Non-fiction) [1-45 minutes]
Non-fiction films 30 minutes or shorter.
Washington State Resident [Proof of residency is required]
A film of any length or genre from a filmmaker residing in Washington State. Filmmakers submitting in the discounted Washington State category must provide TFF with proof of permanent residence within Washington State.


The Tacoma Film Festival celebrates current independent film from around the globe. Our primary focus is to bring quality film to the big screen and to showcase exceptional independent films - some that our audiences will probably never get the chance to see again. Join us for the 10th annual Tacoma Film Festival on October 8-15, 2015 for 8 days of films, events, conversation, and fun! This is our time to celebrate you - the filmmaker, and the invaluable artistic talents that you provide to the film community. Each year our mission is to enrich our community by bridging the gap between ourselves and outstanding works of independent film.


Listed in 2014 MovieMaker Magazine's 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee

"The ultimate indie film festival." - City Arts Magazine

"One of the premier film festivals in the Northwest." - PostDefiance.com

The Tacoma Film Festival is a celebration of independent film mirroring the diverse and eclectic sensibilities of western Washington’s second largest city. Including selections from the Pacific Northwest and all over the world, TFF prides itself on showcasing the connectedness of local, national, and international film.

This is our time to celebrate you, the filmmaker, and the invaluable artistic talents that you provide to the film community.

Established in 2006, the Tacoma Film Festival was created and developed by the passionate individuals behind Tacoma's only non-profit art-house movie theater, The Grand Cinema. The Grand (TFF's primary venue) is one of the Puget Sound region's strongest outlets for both international and local independent filmmakers, and works hand-in-hand with the festival to connect our neighborhood with even more dynamic and entertaining films.

The Tacoma Film Festival annually programs Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film.
It's the first-of-its-kind film series for the publication's 25 New Faces of Independent Film issue. We look forward to continuing this special program, as we aim to further support up-and-coming indie filmmakers and their work.

Known as the "City of Destiny," Tacoma is far more than just the little sister of Seattle. Since the mid-90s, a thriving arts community has grown up within and out of Tacoma's gritty, blue-collar roots as a port town. Tacoma has undergone a renaissance in the past twenty years, bringing in delicious restaurants and cafes, fashionable and quirky boutiques, as well as a number of galleries that supplement the beautiful museums and theaters that already graced the downtown area. The Grand Cinema and the Tacoma Film Festival are two vital facets in this dynamic community of artists and art enthusiasts. In addition to its cultural attractions, Tacoma's location - nestled in the shadow of Mount Rainier - provides breathtaking views and a wide range of outdoor activities. Although Seattle is only a drive away, we guarantee that you'll want to stick around to explore all that Tacoma has to offer!

While our staff and volunteers are committed to providing our patrons with the opportunity to enjoy new and vibrant works of film, our festival remains focused on you - the filmmaker. We are dedicated to highlighting what you bring to our festival, and to our community. It is because of our TFF alumni that we have gained solid footing on the festival circuit, and are continuing to grow and establish ourselves as a strong regional fest. It is our goal to provide the same support to our filmmakers, and to enable further success with their films and their careers. We are committed to maintaining complete and timely communication, showcasing your work to an interested audience, promoting an engaging conversation with your fellow filmmakers and movie-lovers alike, and providing an overall enjoyable and unforgettable experience with our humble, yet passionate festival. The eight days of the Tacoma Film Festival allow you to connect, view, celebrate and grow.


Jen De Hart (Volunteer Coordinator); Laura Marshall (Festival and Programming Director; Filmmaker Liaison); Laura Marshall (Tacoma Film Festival Director); Rachel Marecle (Director of Events and Sponsorships)


To be considered for 2015, the Tacoma Film Festival requires:
1. A completed entry via withoutabox.com
2. A DVD/Blu-Ray (region 1 or 0), NTSC format ONLY, or secure online screener of your film (via WAB or a link in the cover letter).
3. The required and appropriate entry fee.
4. English language or English subtitles.
4. The film to have been completed no earlier than January 2014.

- Entries should be submitted on NTSC DVD/Blu-Ray or via secure online screener only. The Tacoma Film Festival requires three (2) submission copies of each film. All filmmakers will be notified when our offices receive your submission(s).
- Please make a note in your submission if you have any connections to the Pacific Northwest region.
- Returning TFF alumni filmmakers’ entry fees are waived. To request a waiver, please include the film title and year it played in Tacoma and email us at tacomafilmfestival@gmail.com.
- Preview screeners or exhibition DVDs will not be returned unless a request is made to return it and a pre-paid/SASE is provided.
- Please do not submit works in progress. Please do not include multiple submissions on one DVD.
- Music videos, instructional films, industrials or promotional videos are not appropriate for submission.
- Entry fees will not be refunded.
- Your film 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 view your film until the difference is paid to the Tacoma Film Festival. 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.

If your film is selected:
- All submitters will be notified of our decisions (whether accepted or not) by August 3rd, 2015.

- Filmmakers should be prepared to submit a final exhibition copy of their film to be used for screening by September 1st. DCP, 35mm, Digibeta, BetaSP, Blu-Ray or digital files are preferred, though other formats can be discussed according to exhibition capabilities. The TFF reserves the right to show films during the festival using DVDs should mechanical or venue issues make it necessary to do so. Films may be shown once or several times during the festival at various locations throughout Tacoma. Our objective is to show your work in the way you intend audiences to see it - please let us know what you have in mind for exhibition and we will work with you towards achieving those goals.

- Should your film be selected, we want you to attend! While we are a non-profit organization and may not have the funds to contribute towards filmmaker travel and/or lodging, please don't hesitate to ask! We will do whatever we can to help. TFF grants two All Access Festival pass per film to those filmmakers planning to attend (the pass is good for admission to all films and special events) plus the best hospitality our festival can offer. Don't miss our annual Filmmaker mixer! Free food and beverages are provided, along with the perfect opportunity to network with other filmmakers!

- Portions of your submitted material may be copied and utilized for the purpose of promoting your film. Upon submission, filmmakers grant the Tacoma Film Festival the right to use clips and press materials from the film for promotional purposes unless the filmmaker requests otherwise in writing.

- You are responsible for shipping the exhibition copy to the festival. TFF will pay domestic ground shipping only to return exhibition copies. Non-ground or international shipping must be paid by the filmmaker.

No phone inquiries, please. Please email us with questions: tacomafilmfestival@gmail.com. Thank you!


By entering the Tacoma 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.