Info For Filmmakers

Filmmakers make film festivals possible. Period. This is why our loyalty is to you and the invaluable artistic talents you provide to film culture. 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.

We are devoted to maintaining complete and timely communication, connecting your work to an engaged audience, and programming all films to shine without being lost in a heap of screenings and events. DCFF is a celebration of your craft, and it would be an honor to share your hard work with the film-hungry Tacoma audience.

DCFF accepts documentary, animation, narrative, and experimental films of any length and genre. Discounts on submissions are available for film school students along with Pierce County and Washington state residents.


“Our short film, ‘All the Marbles’ screened at Destiny City to a full house. Great films, great people, and a great city.” — Carl Peterson (Actor, Writer, Producer)


Festival Dates and Location

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. For our 8th annual festival (February 26 – March 7, 2021), we are planning a virtual festival with film screenings and special events.

Our Mission

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