The Tacoma Film Festival (TFF) is a celebration of artists and their vision - we bring together filmmakers from right here in the Northwest and around the world, and they share their work with you, here for a week each October.
Connecting with a live audience is a transformative learning experience for filmmakers and just as impactful for the audience. Have you ever watched a movie and wished you could ask the filmmaker why they made the choice they did in a particular scene? Have you ever wanted to share why a movie mattered to you with the person who made it? This is what our film festival makes possible.
As our festival gets bigger and better, we have made it a priority to support artists. Filmmaker participation is essential and we want to ensure that we can continue to bring filmmakers from across the world to TFF.
At the Tacoma Film Festival, important connections are made between artists, audiences, and our community. That connection means a lot to our creative economy too: for our local filmmakers and industry professionals, a festival is one of the few opportunities they have to meet and connect with others in the industry from outside the Northwest.
TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL BACKGROUND
A program of nonprofit arthouse The Grand Cinema, The 12 year-old Tacoma Film Festival is the South Sound’s premiere film event. An interactive haven for over 2,500 filmmakers, industry, critics, and fans, TFF brings more than 100 high quality, emerging independent films to Tacoma, presenting the best of the festival circuit, Northwest work, and secret gems.
One of MovieMaker Magazine’s 50 festivals worth the submission fee for the past four years, TFF also hosts Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film and is the only festival to feature these filmmakers and their work as a group. TFF 2016 featured workshops, parties, our first ever VR experience, and events throughout our downtown Tacoma neighborhood at The Grand Cinema and local businesses, artists studios, and arts venues.
The overall travel and lodging budget for the Tacoma Film Festival approaches $25,000 each year. Our sponsors, members, and community come together to address these expenses through monetary donations as well as through donations of airline miles and by offering to host a filmmaker in their homes. Thank you for taking the time to support the arts and this wonderful festival!