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The Tacoma Film Festival 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. 

Help us reach our $10,000 Goal

We're crowdfunding $10,000 to support the Tacoma Film Festival and our deadline to hit our goal is September 27, 2018.


TFF 2017 local filmmakers

Your donations support free programming throughout the festival, filmmaker lodging and hospitality, staff time and resources, and every aspect of festival operations. 

Your gift ensures that all our featured filmmakers, from near and far, are warmly welcomed, cared for, and celebrated throughout the week of TFF. 

Your donation is essential to the success of the festival - without your support we could not share this incredible event with our community.

Give today so we can reach our goal by September 27

Click this link to make your donation now, and read on to see what kinds of gifts and perks you can look forward to as a donor!


Giving to the Tacoma Film Festival is a great way to get involved: when you donate, you can also choose to pick up some great thank you perks.

Donate and Join the Festival Fun

If you donate $75 or more, we'll send you a special invitation to our private after-parties throughout the festival. For a donation of $150 or more, you enjoy all the VIP perks of TFF!

  • Donate $75: you may claim two TFF movie tickets to be used for the films of your choice ($20)
  • Donate $150: claim your VIP all-access pass & t-shirt ($140 value)
  • Donate $250: claim your VIP all-access pass, swag bag, & t-shirt ($160 value)
  • Donate $500+: claim your 2 VIP all-access passes, 2 swag bags, 2 t-shirts ($320 value)


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.

TFF Opening Night 2017

As our festival gets bigger and better, we have made it a priority to give as many people as possible access to our festival, and to support artists.

Making a festival accessible is a labor of love and a community investment. Without donor support, we cannot host free programs, or make the Tacoma Film Festival free to local students. 

The Tacoma Film Festival is as much an educational opportunity as it is entertainment: our workshops are free, we host multiple free screenings, and, for the first time ever, this year we are offering a free pass to local students from elementary to college age, so students can dive into the festival experience.  

TFF audience guests 2016

Filmmaker participation is also essential and we want to ensure that we can continue to serve our local filmmakers with incredible education and professional development opportunities, as well as 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.


The Veldt 2017 TFF

A program of nonprofit arthouse The Grand Cinema, The 13 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 five years, TFF features inspiring visiting artists, workshops, parties, a VR studio, 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 $35,000 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!

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