Ever wanted to spend time with a real live filmmaker and get free admission to a film festival? Our official hosting program was so successful last year that we are doing it again. You can support independent film by providing a resting space for a visiting filmmaker during TFF this fall, October 5 - 12, 2017. 

If you enjoy sharing hospitality and have an extra bedroom, finished basement, garage or studio, hosting a filmmaker is a great way to support the festival and get involved with our film-loving community. Our housing budget for TFF is minimal, and this program helps us welcome as many filmmakers as possible to Tacoma for TFF 2017!

We received many positive comments from our hosts last year â€” they loved being able to contribute to the film community and having the chance to meet-up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world. Consider joining the ranks of our filmmaker hosts this fall! Here is what our hosts from 2016 had to say about her experience: 

"I had a blast hosting a filmmaker during the Tacoma Film Festival! It was fascinating getting to talk with Annie, the director I hosted, about how and why she made the film, including the incredible journey her life took around the topic of the film. Plus I loved the VIP pass and getting to meet more filmmakers at the events. It was on of the best weekends of my year! " - Melissa Malott, Executive Director of Citizens for a Healthy Bay

Just provide your room or apartment, and we'll help match you to the right guest. Most of the time the filmmakers will be at the festival screening films and attending TFF events, so there will be a minimal time commitment. You will not be required to provide transportation or food.  

Filmmaker and guest at TFF Closing Night


Benefits include meeting artistic and creative people and up to two free passes to #2017TFF screenings and parties. Admission to free movies plus film parties equals an unforgettable experience.


Join in our mission to share independent films in the Tacoma area by giving a filmmaker a place to rest and recharge during TFF 2017. 

Past visiting filmmakers at TFF have included David Lowery (Director, Pete’s Dragon, A Ghost Story), Julia Garner (Actor, Grandma, The Americans), and Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld (Creators, High Maintenance, HBO Series). 

How to Participate

Fill out our handy questionnaire FORM and we’ll put you on the list of available hosts. We know TFF is a ways out, but plans begin now!