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Opening Night: The 14th annual TFF celebrates brave undocumented activists at the Pantages Theater on Thursday, October 3, at 7:00 p.m., in partnership with local anti-deportation and immigrants rights groups
The 2019 TFF includes 21 feature documentary and fictional films, 12 virtual reality works, 41 documentary shorts, and 70 short fictional works by filmmakers from around the world. TFF is proud to highlight short films from Tacoma and PNW filmmakers for four nights in a row, providing a platform for artists from the region.
The Tacoma Film Festival will present over 100 short and feature-length films as well as music videos and virtual reality works in its competition programming. This year, a total of $10,000 will be awarded to 26 films. Cash awards are given by the festival and its jury, composed of filmmakers, film programmers, critics, and/or industry professionals. The festival is proud to announce its 2019 jury.
The festival is excited to honor Northwest art and to share this year's poster, designed by acclaimed graphic designer and 2017 AIGA Medalist Art Chantry. Chantry has exhibited at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Museum of Modern Art, Seattle Art Museum, the Smithsonian, and the Louvre. He also grew up in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, and is known as "the graphic designer who created a look and style that singularly evoked Seattle's music scene during the 1990s."
For the fifth year in a row, MovieMaker Magazine named the Tacoma Film Festival one of the "Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee." The 14th annual celebration of groundbreaking independent film will take place October 3–10, 2019. TFF grows every year: 2018 was a success supported by thousands of audience members, more than 100 visiting filmmakers, multiple sellouts, and over 200 featured works from around the world (including virtual reality, music videos, and cinematic performances). 


The Grand Cinema is thrilled to announce that esteemed film curator David Dinnell is the new Festival Director and Programmer of the Tacoma Film Festival. 

Bringing extensive curating, programming, and teaching experience, and a host of industry and academic connections to Tacoma, Dinnell will build on TFF's strong regional and international reputation and help to further elevate the prominence of the festival. 

On Dinnell joining The Grand Cinema/Tacoma Film Festival team, Philip Cowan, Executive Director of The Grand Cinema said, "We are excited to have someone with the level of experience David brings to the Tacoma Film Festival. As our festival continues to grow and excel, his expertise will help us continue to elevate the quality and diversity of films we can bring to Tacoma." 


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