About Us

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. Our mission is to use the power of vibrant cinematic storytelling to curate an engaged community audience for independent film.

This three-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 100% volunteer-run 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 eighth annual Destiny City Film Festival (February 26 – 28, 2021) will be 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 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. 


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

The Destiny City Film Festival 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.