The Destiny City Film Festival is a homegrown, true-Tacoma community event, inspired by our city’s nickname – The City of Destiny – and built to showcase the best independent films from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

This four-day festival is organized by people who believe at the heart of every great movie is a great story, one that is destined to invigorate an audience through the art form of film. DCFF credits the ingenuity of independent filmmakers for continuing the tradition of compelling storytelling through motion pictures in the digital age, whether told in the documentary, animated, experimental, or narrative form. It is our passion to provide screens for the finest of these independent films and strengthen the local film community by building an engaged audience.

Audiences and filmmakers attending the festival can expect top-quality programming of films, workshops, and panel discussions. DCFF aims to enhance the vitality of independent filmmaking in the South Puget Sound and Pacific Northwest by playing local films along with the best being produced from around the world. The Northwest cinema landscape and the thriving talent of its filmmakers deserve to be held to a higher standard—and audiences deserve to see great movies. The experienced and devoted DCFF staff is thrilled to be the middleman.

The first annual Destiny City Film Festival (July 31-August 3, 2014) will be hosted by one of Tacoma’s oldest movie theaters and, at ninety years old, is one of the oldest continuously operating movie theaters in the country—the historic Blue Mouse Theater in the Proctor District of Tacoma, Washington.

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In support of local filmmakers, film submission is free for Pierce County residents and discounted for Washington State residents. Submission fees are also discounted for all students (K-12, undergraduate, graduate), and all residents of Pierce County will receive two (2) festival film vouchers just for submitting. For more details on submitting to DCFF, click here.

 To learn more about participating in DCFF, through volunteerism, sponsorship, or other means of support, click here.

All stories welcomed.


Special thanks to Jeromy Smith for his design contributions to the Destiny City Film Festival logo and web graphics! 



DCFF is proud to partner with the Proctor Arts Fest for an exciting weekend in the Proctor District! Come check out the community-based street fair on August 2nd, when DCFF will provide some special, FREE programming as part of the festivities. Click here to learn more about the Arts Fest!

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