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Submit to the 16th annual Tacoma Film Festival (#2021TFF), October 7–14, 2021! 

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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


FILM CATEGORIES 

  • 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

2021 Jury AWARDS

TFF will award a total of $8,500 in prizes in support of independent filmmaking. 
  • Best Narrative Feature: $1000
  • Best Documentary Feature: $1000
  • Best Narrative Short: $750
  • Best Documentary Short: $750
  • Best Animation: $250
  • Best Music Video: $250
  • Best Virtual Reality Film: $250
  • Best Pacific Northwest Feature: $500
  • Best Pacific Northwest Short: $250

PNW AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS

Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia) filmmakers are eligible for the PNW Audience Choice Awards. Winners will be chosen based on audience votes. 
  • Audience Choice, Pacific Northwest Feature: $500 
  • Audience Choice, Pacific Northwest Short: $250

ADDITIONAL AWARDS

  • Best Director, Documentary Feature: $150
  • Best Director, Narrative Feature: $150
  • Best Director, Documentary Short: $125
  • Best Director, Narrative Short: $125

  • Best Performance, Narrative Feature: $150
  • Best Screenplay, Narrative Feature: $150
  • Best Performance, Narrative Short: $125
  • Best Screenplay, Narrative Short: $125

  • Best Cinematography, Documentary Feature: $150
  • Best Cinematography, Narrative Feature: $150
  • Best Cinematography, Documentary Short: $125
  • Best Cinematography, Narrative Short: $125
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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