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About TFF


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"The ultimate indie film festival." - City Arts

"One of the premier festivals in the Northwest." - Post Defiance

Our Mission: Sharing Stories of note

TFF gathers the best in new, independent films, because never-before-seen storytelling and perspectives deserve to be shared and celebrated. 

12 Years Strong

Established in 2006, the annual Tacoma Film Festival presents a lively week of films, workshops, events, and discussions. TFF programming is a unique blend of audience and industry programming that empowers all who attend to connect with creators. 

Emergent Filmmakers

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TFF is the only festival in the world to host Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film. These internationally recognized, up-and-coming filmmakers screen their work, share their experiences, and build new creative relationships, resulting in exciting new work.

These creators go on to incredible careers; past 25NFs include Ryan Coogler, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Hilary Swank, Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grad, Jenny Slate, David Lowery, Lucy Walker, Julia Garner, Lena Dunham, Ellen Page, and The Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert).

Visiting festival guests from around the world make for a rich networking and collaborative space where new projects are born and inspiration for future work grows. See what Director/Cinematographer Nicholas Pilarski, a 2016 25 New Face had to say about his experience at TFF in this article from MovieMaker Magazine

Honors given

Each year the festival recognizes the best-of-the-best with our TFF Awards. Awards include: 
  • Best Short Narrative Film
  • Best Short Documentary Film
  • Best Regional Film
  • Audience Choice: Feature (Filmmakers not from the Pacific Northwest are eligible for this award; winner chosen based on audience votes.)
  • Audience Choice: Short (Filmmakers not from the Pacific Northwest are eligible for this award; winner chosen based on audience votes.)
  • Local Audience Choice Award: Feature (Filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest are eligible for this award; winner chosen based on audience votes.) In 2016, this winner will also receive a $1,000 gift certificate for Rhino Camera Gear.
  • Local Audience Choice Award: Short (Filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest are eligible for this award; winner chosen based on audience votes.)
  • Best Director
  • Best Performances (2 awards)
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Screenplay

See Who Won In Past Years


Films will be placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival, based on the comments of our experienced panel of judges and film reviewers. All winning films will receive a cash prize.


Honors RECEIVED

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