Filmmakers and screenwriters 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 is built to showcase the best independent films from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Join us for the seventh annual Destiny City Film Festival, February 28 - March 1, 2020 for top-quality programming of films, filmmaker discussions and events. Our mission is to enhance the vitality of independent filmmaking by showcasing vibrant films to curate an engaged and supportive community audience.

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.

“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)

The strongest films based on screener’s feedback will be placed in competition for the festival’s Storyteller Awards at the sole discretion of the Destiny City Film Festival. Awards will be given for: Excellence in Narrative Feature Storytelling, Excellence in Documentary Storytelling, Excellence in Narrative Short Storytelling, and the 1st Place Storyteller’s Award. All winners will be announced at the Closing Night Celebration on Sunday, March 2nd at the Blue Mouse Theater.

Entries to the Short Screenplay Competition will be reviewed by our panel of readers and the Festival Executive Director. The 1st place winner, as agreed upon by the readers, will receive a cash prize and 2 VIP passes to the 2020 DCFF.

To be considered for 2020, the Destiny City Film Festival requires:
1. A completed entry via
2. Secure online screener of your film, and any necessary password to view the film. The link and password must remain active and working through February 2020. If any changes are made to the access of your film’s link, please contact DCFF at with the updated information immediately, or your film may be disqualified from consideration.
3. The required and appropriate entry fee.
4. English language or English subtitles.


- Please make a note in your submission if you have any connections to the Pacific Northwest. Filmmakers who reside in King, Thurston, Kitsap or Pierce County will receive two (2) festival ticket vouchers just for submitting.
- Please do not submit works in progress. Instructional films, industrials, propaganda or promotional videos are not appropriate for submission.
- It is the responsibility of the filmmaker or submission contact to ensure that all requirements are met. The festival retains the right to disqualify an entry with no refunded fee if submission guidelines are not met.
- Submission to DCFF equals acceptance of all terms and conditions of the entry process.

Screenplays (with completed entry form found at can be emailed to:, or mailed to: Destiny City Film Festival, PO Box 7951, Tacoma, WA 98417

- Scripts must be between three (3) and thirty (30) pages in length. Absolutely no exceptions.
- Writers of all ages, demographics and corners of the world are invited to enter. There is no limit to the number of screenplays you may submit, but separate entry forms and fees are required for each script.
- DCFF will not allow substitutions of corrected pages, new drafts, or edited titles of a submitted screenplay.
- Screenplays must be received by the final deadline (November 8, 2019).
- Submitted scripts must be original screenplays and the sole property of the applicant.
- Screenplays must have a title page which includes only the title (scripts that include the writer’s name on the title page will be disqualified).
- Entries must be in English, and in PDF format.
- Entry fees will not be refunded.
- Entries require an entry form. Please keep a copy of your completed entry form for your records.
- Screenplays will not be returned.
- While every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials submitted, DCFF cannot accept or assume responsibility in the event of loss or damage en route or otherwise.
- Your entry must be postmarked no later than the deadline under which you’ve registered. If the submission is not postmarked appropriately, or if a payment is received after a postmark deadline, we will not read your script until the difference is paid to the Destiny City Film Festival. It is the responsibility of the writer or submission contact to ensure that all requirements are met. The festival retains the right to disqualify an entry, with no refunded fee, if submission guidelines are not met.

By entering the Destiny City Film Festival, entrants release and hold the promoter and host and other contest entities harmless from and against any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and action of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the festival. The Festival will handle the films with care but cannot be held liable for any damage or loss during the shipping, preview or screening. The Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark or royalty infringements related to the work. Applicants are responsible for their own insurance and are not covered by the festival's insurance. The Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • David Haye

    Had a wonderful timing screening our film to a packed house as well as visiting with fellow filmmakers and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest! The festival Staff was incredibly helpful and kind- this festival is not to be missed!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    We loved having you at DCFF, DJ! Thanks for sharing your film with us. We hope to see you again in the future. - Emily

  • Shelby Smout

    Destiny City Film Festival may be small, but it is mighty. I highly, HIGHLY recommend this festival because they admire and adore film completely, and they respect filmmakers. A very welcoming and heartening experience, not to mention that the communication with Emily and the rest of the team is topnotch.

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much, Shelby! We love what we do, and so appreciate your participation in our 2019 festival. I'm sure we'll see you again for another festival! - Emily

  • I had a great time being part of this festival! The organizers and volunteers were great. The theatre was charming and the neighborhood was inviting. Really glad to have been there and wish I could have attended even more of the fest!

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much! We love what we do, and so appreciate your participation in our 2019 festival. We hope to see you at another festival in the future. - Emily

  • This is a great little festival! The organizers and volunteers are very passionate about film, and it shows. The festival is well organized, and communication with them is excellent. The festival is in a very cute area of town and the venue is a good size with lots of seating. Lots of support for local films, too.

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much! We love what we do, and so appreciate your participation in our 2019 festival. We hope to see you at another festival in the future. - Emily

  • Lara Haynes Freed

    Excellent competition-related communication. Festival itself has a friendly, community-bolstering atmosphere, and engages local filmmakers, artists, and merchants.

    March 2018