13th Annual

Tacoma Film Festival

October 04, 2018 to October 11, 2018

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606 S Fawcett Ave
Tacoma WA 98402
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DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

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 45 minutes or shorter.
VR (Virtual Reality)
Virtual reality experiences 20 minutes or less.
Music Video
Music videos and/or documentaries 20 minutes or less.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

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 13th annual Tacoma Film Festival on October 4-11, 2018 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.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

50 Film Festivals worth the Entry Fee, 2014-2017 - MovieMaker Magazine
"The ultimate indie film festival." - Seattle's CityArts Magazine
"One of the premier festivals in the Northwest." - PostDefiance.com

HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2017

- 150+ world, US, Washington, or even Tacoma/Pierce County premieres. Our lineup included festival favorites straight from top festivals and a lovingly programmed selection of features and shorts.
- It was the 2nd year of our wildly successful filmmaker housing program http://www.tacomafilmfestival.com/host-filmmaker/, where we hand select wonderful residents to host filmmakers.
- Our first year of accepting music video submissions
- The Veldt VR Studio. Cutting edge works from the VR space without time limits
Industry and filmmaker-oriented panels and classes
- Fun parties and after parties

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. It’s a great festival to network because of the friendly, and collegial atmosphere throughout. The whole community gets behind the festival and makes it a really one-of-a-kind experience.

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!

ORGANIZERS

David Dinnell (Director/Programmer); Rachel Marecle (Director of Events and Sponsorships); Wade Neal (Assistant Executive Dir)

GENERAL RULES

1. Submission Deadline Structure

Submissions Open: December 4, 2017

Earlybird Deadline: February 26, 2018

Regular Deadline: April 2, 2018

Late Deadline: May 7, 2018

Extended Deadline: June 25, 2018

2. Submission Format

Films must be submitted via secure online screener.

3. Submission Eligibility

All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2017.

4. Premiere Status

- US Premiere status is preferred, Washington State premiere status required.

- Premiere status for regional films (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia) must have a Pierce County Premiere.

5. Selection of Films

- The Tacoma Film Festival will complete the selection process by August 6,
2018 and will contact all submitting parties by email with programming status at that time. Accepted films will receive a Filmmaker Welcome Packet via email that will include important information about DCP exhibition, “Host a Filmmaker” lodging program, press and publicity, guest accreditation, festival filmmaker liaison contact information and how to make the most of participation in the festival.

- The accepted film must be received by Simple DCP by 9/1/2018 to be played at the Tacoma Film Festival, October 4-11, 2018.

- The submitter is responsible for shipping the exhibition copy to Simple DCP in Culver City CA. TFF will pay domestic ground shipping only to return exhibition copies (no overnight or express). Non-ground or international shipping must be paid by the filmmaker.

6. Festival Screenings and Scheduling

- The Tacoma Film Festival screens Digital Cinema Package (DCP) shorts and has the capability to screen DCP and Blu-Ray for feature films. However, TFF requires DCP for both features and shorts. This requirement is to ensure the highest quality presentation of your work possible. If you submit to TFF, please be prepared to provide a DCP. If you are unable or unwilling to provide a DCP, please DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR FILM. The festival aspires to provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection, nor will fees be refunded in any such case. The Tacoma Film Festival assumes that the submitting party or filmmaker(s) or entrant(s) or print source company has insured for damage and loss of the festival print or tape.

- Screenings are scheduled during the festival at the discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival. The Tacoma Film Festival also retains the right to run limited Press & Industry screenings the week leading up to the festival.

7. Festival Promotion

Should your film be programmed, 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.

ADDITIONAL SUBMISSION RULES

- 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 info@tacomafilmfestival.com.

- Works in progress will automatically be disqualified.

- Industrials, promotional, or news report films will not be considered if submitted.

- Entry fees will not be refunded.

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


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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.

On submission , the filmmaker grants The Festival 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 warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The submitting filmmaker shall indemnify, defend, 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, expert witness 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.

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AWARD & PRIZES

Best Narrative Feature

Cash Award Value: 1000 U.S. Dollars

Best Documentary Feature

Cash Award Value: 1000 U.S. Dollars

Best Narrative Short

Cash Award Value: 750 U.S. Dollars

Best Regional Film

Awarded to the best Northwest film, as decided by our panel of judges.

Cash Award Value: 1000 U.S. Dollars

Audience Choice Award - Feature

Filmmakers not from the Pacific Northwest are eligible for this award.
Winner will be chosen based on audience votes.

Cash Award Value: 1000 U.S. Dollars

Audience Choice Award - Short

Filmmakers not from the Pacific Northwest are eligible for this award.
Winner will be chosen based on audience votes.

Cash Award Value: 750 U.S. Dollars

Local Audience Choice Award - Feature

Puget Sound area/Pacific Northwest filmmakers are eligible for the Local Audience Choice Award. Winner will be chosen based on audience votes.

Cash Award Value: 1000 U.S. Dollars

Local Audience Choice Award - Short

Puget Sound area/Pacific Northwest filmmakers are eligible for the Local Audience Choice Award. Winner will be chosen based on audience votes.

Cash Award Value: 750 U.S. Dollars

Best Short Documentary

Cash Award Value: 750 U.S. Dollars

Other awards include:

Best Director, Best Performances, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay


Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival