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27 Sep

It’s Friday and we’re really pleased about that. But, we’re even more excited about the Tacoma Film Festival (TFF), which starts next week.

TFF Slide

A production of Tacoma’s very own Grand Cinema, in collaboration with many community partners, The Tacoma Film Festival celebrates current independent film from around the globe with a special nod to filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest. Beyond just screening these independent films, many of the filmmakers attend the screenings. This year, the TFF brings us a whopping 123 films spanning all genres, subjects and styles including documentaries, feature length films, short films, and films produced right here in the Pacific Northwest.  10 of those 123 films were made by Tacoma filmmakers and almost 40 by Washington state filmmakers!

You’ll want to check out the Tacoma Film Festival website to help you navigate the large volume of films and plan your line-up.

What: Tacoma Film Festival
Where: Screenings and events take place at multiple locations including:
The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Avenue
Annie Wright School, 827 N. Tacoma Ave.
UW Tacoma’s Carwein Auditorium, 1900 Commerce St., Keystone Building, Room 102
Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St.
University of Puget Sound Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 3410 N. 18th St.
Tacoma Community College Auditorium, 6501 S. 19th St., Building #2
When: October 3 – 10, 2013. Check website for complete list of screening times.
Cost: Go one day, go all days, see one film, or see them all – it’s up to you with these ticket options:
Single tickets: $10 general; $8 Grand Cinema members/military/seniors; $6 students/member seniors
Passes: $50 TFF weekend pass (Friday – Sunday films); $150 TFF VIP Festival Pass
All screenings at UW Tacoma are free!
Tickets and Information: www.tacomafilmfestival.com, 253.593.4474 


Kick-off the 2013 TFF with a giant, indie film-loving, party on Thursday, October 3rd at Annie Wright Schools. Enjoy a great dinner provided by Maxwell’s Restaurant, a cash bar and the company of fellow movie-lovers and see a screening of the first film of TFF 2013 – the hysterical and timely comedy feature G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend).  G.B.F. screenwriter George Northy will be joining the evening’s festivities.

The Gala begins at 6:30 p.m. and the film starts at 7:30 p.m. Purchase a VIP ticket to receive the dinner and a movie – limited to the first 100. Cost: $25 for VIP gala & movie for Grand Cinema members; $30 for VIP gala and movie for non-members; $11 for movie only.

Tacoma Filmfest Poster Contest: And the Winner Is…

14 Aug

The official Tacoma Film Festival poster design for 2012 has been announced, and the winner is graphic artist Cameron Taylor of Hundred, WV. Each year, the Grand Cinema’s poster contest sets the tone and provides (a trailer of sorts?), for one of Tacoma’s fave cultural events. The 2012 Tacoma Film Festival opens Thursday, October 4, and runs through Thursday, October 11, with screenings at the Grand Cinema, Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass, Blue Mouse Theater and the University of Washington-Tacoma.  The official Tacoma Film Festival program will be available on Thursday, Sept. 13.  For more information visit www.TacomaFilmFestival.com.

“It is never an easy task choosing from over 70 submissions of amazing graphic design work, but it has to be done each and every year for the Tacoma Film Festival,” said Philip Cowan, Grand Cinema Executive Director. “The poster contest is just as much a tradition as the festival itself. Entries were received from many local artists along with some worldwide entries this year (Jamaica, India and France). The talent selection was incredible.”

Beaver, deer and other friendly Pacific Northwest denizens are framed by totems under a twilight sky in Taylor’s nostalgic artwork – check it out around town, soon!

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