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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. It’s a great festival to connect with audiences, filmmakers, critics, and professionals because of the friendly, and collegial atmosphere throughout. The whole community gets behind the festival and makes it a really one-of-a-kind experience.

“It was one of the most diverse and current selection of films, shorts and new media that I have ever experienced in a film festival. I met people there that I will continue to be connected to for a long time.” — Juan Carlos Zaldívar, filmmaker

“The programming at TFF had such a progressive vision of cinema. The festival had a definite voice and created a warm atmosphere for filmmakers…” — Masami Kawai, filmmaker

“Very friendly, great emphasis on the films and filmmakers and creating an intimate community for film-going. Beautiful festival.” — Derek Knowles, filmmaker


  • Feature Narrative
  • Short Narrative
  • Feature Documentary
  • Short Documentary
  • Feature Animation
  • Short Animation
  • Pacific NW Feature (WA, OR, ID, BC)
  • Pacific NW Short (WA, OR, ID, BC)
  • Music Video
  • VR
  • Late Night Short
  • Late Night Feature


Main Awards: 

  • Best Narrative Feature: $750 
  • Best Documentary Feature: $750 
  • Best Narrative Short: $500 
  • Best Documentary Short: $500 
  • Best Animation (short or feature): $200 
  • Best Music Video: $200 
  • Best VR Film: $200 
  • Best Late Night (short or feature): $200 
  • Best PNW Fiction (short or feature): $250 
  • Best PNW Documentary (short or feature): $250 
  • PNW Audience Choice- Fiction (short or feature): $250 
  • PNW Audience Choice- Documentary (short or feature): $250 
  • Audience Choice- Feature: $500 
  • Audience Choice- Short: $250
    Festival Rules See Film Freeway for full festival rules.

Additional Awards:

  • Best Performance, Narrative Feature: $150 
  • Best Screenplay, Narrative Feature: $150 
  • Best Cinematography, Narrative Feature $150 
  • Best Performance, Narrative Short: $100 
  • Best Screenplay, Narrative Short: $100 
  • Best Cinematography, Narrative Short: $100 
  • Best Cinematography, Documentary Feature: $150 
  • Best Cinematography, Documentary Short: $100 
  • Best Sound Design, Documentary Feature: $150 
  • Best Sound Design, Documentary Short: $100
Additional Jury Awards for Documentary and Narrative Features and Short Films.
All awards except Audience Choice awards decided by a jury composed of filmmakers, film programmers, critics, and/or industry professionals.

Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival.
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