The Destiny City Film Festival is a homegrown, true-Tacoma community event, inspired by the city’s nickname—The City of Destiny—and is built to showcase the best independent films from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Our mission is to use the power of vibrant cinematic storytelling to curate an engaged community audience for independent film.
This three-day festival, founded in 2013, 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 and an overall celebration of storytelling, including the announcement of the winner of this year’s short screenplay contest. 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 high standard—and audiences deserve to see great movies. The experienced and devoted DCFF staff is thrilled to be the middleman.
The second annual Destiny City Film Festival (August 28 – 30, 2015) will be hosted, once again, by one of Tacoma’s oldest movie theaters and, at 90 years old, is one of the oldest continuously operating movie theaters in the country—the historic Blue Mouse Theater in the Proctor District in North Tacoma. In 2014, the inaugural DCFF welcomed hundreds of movie-goers, volunteers, community members and sponsors to the Blue Mouse to watch and celebrate 29 of the year’s best independent films (including festival favorites such as I Am Big Bird, Damnation, Copenhagen, and dozens of diverse short films), to network and mingle with cinephiles, writers and filmmakers, and to strengthen the community support for independent filmmaking and screenwriting. The DCFF team aims to build on this success in 2015, by bringing work from some of the most promising and talented filmmakers to Tacoma, to entertain, inspire and engage supporters of the local arts community.