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2017 Tacoma Film Festival

50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, 2014, 2015 & 2016 - MovieMaker Magazine

"The ultimate indie film festival." - CityArts Magazine - Seattle

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

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.

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.

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

Please, no phone inquiries.

2017 Submission Deadline Structure

Submissions Open: December 5, 2016
Earlybird Deadline: February 27, 2017
Regular Deadline: April 3, 2017
Late Deadline: May 1, 2017
Extended Deadline: June 26, 2017

Submit directly to the Tacoma Film Festival

FEATURE     I     SHORT     I     MUSIC VIDEO    I     VR

Submit via other Filmmaker Submission Platforms


2017 jury AWARDS

Best Narrative Feature - 5000 U.S. Dollar
Best Documentary Feature - 5000 U.S. Dollar
Best Narrative Short - 1000 U.S. Dollar
Best Documentary Short - 1000 U.S. Dollar
Best Regional (Pacific Northwest) Film - 1000 U.S. Dollar
Other Awards for each category include:
Best Director, Best Performances, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay


Audience Choice Award - Feature - 1000 U.S. Dollar
Audience Choice Award - Short - 1000 U.S. Dollar
Local Audience Choice Award - Feature - 1000 U.S. Dollar
Local Audience Choice Award - Short - 1000 U.S. Dollar

Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival. Jump to this link for full eligibility and submission rules.

Submission discounts & Waivers

  • Students may receive a $10 submission discount with proof of enrollment (i.e. student ID) emailed before film is submitted.
  • Washington Filmmakers may receive complete fee waivers with proof of residency emailed before the film is submitted.

The Tacoma Film Festival is a part of Tacoma's only independent movie theater, The Grand Cinema. Voted the Best Indie Theatre in Western Washington five years in a row. The Grand is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
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