About Us

Mission and Equity Statement:

Destiny City Film Festival’s mission is to use the power of vibrant cinematic storytelling to curate an engaged community audience for independent film. Part of that mission is providing a safe space for stories that have not historically received equal representation. We strive to be inclusive, welcoming, accessible and encouraging of all BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and Disability communities and all marginalized voices as we continue to evolve and learn.

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. DCFF 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 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 storytellers deserve to be celebrated — and audiences deserve to see great movies. The experienced and devoted DCFF staff is thrilled to be part of this process.

The Destiny City Film Festival has traditionally been hosted by one of Tacoma’s oldest movie theaters and, at nearly 100 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! Submission fees are discounted for all Washington State residents, and students of all ages (K-12, undergraduate, graduate). All residents of Washington state will receive two (2) ticket 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 welcome.

The Destiny City Film Festival is a proud member of the Film Festival Alliance.

DCFF recognizes that we operate on the traditional homelands of the Puyallup people.

ʔuk’ʷədiitəb ʔuhigʷətəb čəɫ txʷəl tiiɫ ʔa čəɫ ʔal tə swatxʷixʷtxʷəd ʔə tiiɫ puyaləpabš dxʷəsɫaɫlils gʷəl ʔutxʷəlšucidəbs həlgʷəʔ.

We gratefully acknowledge that we rest on the traditional lands of the Puyallup People where they make their home and speak the Lushootseed language.

The Destiny City Film Festival is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue code. All donations to the Destiny City Film Festival are tax deductible. DCFF does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment, business partner, sponsor, or submitting artist because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, or covered veteran status. It is also DCFF’s policy to comply with all applicable national and local laws pertaining to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity.