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Excitement Returns to the Big Screen

Updated: Oct 6, 2021

Tacoma Film Festival set for October 7 through 14

By Jillian Chandler

2021 marks the 16th year of the Tacoma Film Festival, with this year’s event featuring screenings in the Grand Cinema as well as making some of the festival programming available to stream online.

According to David Dinnell, festival director, “The Tacoma Film Festival began and continues to this day as a project of the Grand Cinema, and the weeklong festival allows us to celebrate independent film and give our audiences an opportunity to see some of the most recent and best short films, documentaries, animation and narrative features from all over the world.”

He adds that another focus of the festival is to celebrate filmmaking right here in the Pacific Northwest, with the festival screening films by many up-and-coming filmmakers from this region.

“The festival has a team of people, all drawn from the staff of the Grand Cinema, along with many volunteers, who watch many films for the better part of the year that come through an open call, and additionally seek out some films that audiences here would otherwise not have a chance to see.”

This year’s event will show more than 150 films at Tacoma’s Grand Cinema, 22 of those feature length. From comedies to drama to documentaries “exploring serious themes in very creative ways,” to animation, a music video program, ‘late-night cult weirdness’ and more, there really is something for just about everyone.

The morning of Saturday, October 9, there are two programs specifically for children and their families: short fiction and animated films presented by The New York International Children’s Film Festival, one a Spanish-language only program (this is the first year the festival is presenting this). All other films and programs in the festival are better suited for high school age and older.

“It's a really enjoyable week, and a great way to come together with people to celebrate the art of film,” shares David.

For additional details and to purchase tickets, visit Students will be allowed to attend for free this year thanks to the festival’s partnership with Tacoma Creates. For those unable to attend this year’s festival but would like to make a donation, donations can be made online as well by hovering over the "About Tab" and clicking "Support."

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