Some of our Tacoma Film Festival films and events are definitely getting some attention - here’s what you should grab tickets for sooner than later:


Perhaps unsurprisingly, our Opening and Closing Night partners are getting popular:

OPENING NIGHTAS YOU ARE, the grunge-era set tragic thriller exploring love, family, and identity, opens the Tacoma Film Festival. Come experience this breakout feature from first time director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte and meet star Scott Cohen and producers Sean Patrick Burke, Brent Stiefel, and Shea Chapple. After the film, we’ll enjoy a Q&A with the filmmakers followed by a party!

Thursday, October 6, 7:00 pm

CLOSING NIGHT: Celebrating the end of TFF, we close with the delightful, emotional documentary SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY. Enjoy this insightful, beautiful doc, meet writer and director Matt Schrader and producer Kenny Holmes, and enjoy our final 2016 TFF party after the film.


The thrilling TRESPASS AGAINST US, quirky DREAMLAND, and experimental SLACKJAW are all drawing attention. Can’t go wrong with Michael Fassbender (TRESPASS), Robert Schwartzman (DREAMLAND), and mysterious medical testing on humans set in Olympia, WA (SLACKJAW), right?

TRESPASS AGAINST US, Friday, October 7, 7:00 pm

DREAMLAND, Tuesday, October 11, 7:30 pm

SLACKJAW, Wednesday, October 12, 7:15 pm


A24's much buzzed, Zoe-Kazan-starring horror film THE MONSTER; the crazy ride that the Weird Elephant Late Night Shorts guarantees; and the powerful, provocative shorts collection Ripped from the Headlines are all not to be missed. And our TFF guests know it. Join in the madness and get incensed.

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THE MONSTER Friday, October 7, 10:00 pm

Late Night Shorts Saturday, October 8, 9:15 pm

Ripped from the Headlines Sunday, October 9, 4:15 pm, Tuesday, October 11, 2:00 pm (the trailer below, for OUT OF THE VILLAGE, is playing in the Ripped from the Headlines program)


Our TFF guests are showing us they trust our documentary decision-making. We’re glad people are as excited about these captivating stories as we are. 

THE HOLLYWOOD SHORTIES shares the birth of organized sports in the American dwarf community. From the 50s to prominence in the 80s, the Hollywood Shorties basketball team was the first of their kind and unique in the history of dwarf athletics. Saturday, October 8, 2:00 pm

THE LAST LAUGH finds humor in the last place you’d expect - the Holocaust. Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried and others examine the line between the tragic and hilarious in this insightful and very funny documentary. Saturday, October 8, 7:00 pm, Wednesday, October 12, 2:15 pm

And KEDI - how do you not already have your tickets to KEDI? This gorgeous doc explores the lives and misadventures of cats in Istanbul, giving the audience a rare and lovely look into the lives of cats and the people who love them. Sunday, October 9, 7:00 pm


Explaining virtual reality is difficult but Rosemary Ponnekanti at The News Tribune did an incredible job summing up what you have to look forward to at THE VELDT, the film festival’s first ever foray into the world of virtual reality and 360 film. Read her great article, then mark your calendar: we kick off The Veldt with a preview party October 7 at 9 pm featuring interactive art performances, food and a local DJ. Then you can come explore the VR/360 films at your leisure from 12-8 pm Oct 8 and 9.

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Want to hear what’s next for VR in the Northwest? Come to the VR Happy Hour Salon, October 9 at 4:00 pm. Meet The Veldt curators Kim Voynar and Nathaniel Luck Pinzon, and pick the brains of Trond Nilsen of Virtual World Society, writer Ryan Boudinot, and filmmakers Evie Powell and Michaella Vu.


Festival goers know that one of the best part of TFF are our thoughtfully curated shorts programs. All the options are incredible, but get your tickets now if you want to make sure that you don’t miss these three packages:

Local Flavor - meet the next great local talents and see stories from own backyard. Tuesday, October 11, 6:45 pm, Thursday, October 13, 2:15 pm

New York International Children’s Festival: Best of the Fest - this family-friendly shorts program will kick off your weekend with a smile on your face and a free doughnut in your stomach. Saturday, October 8, 10:00 am

Adventure is Out There - a collection of inspiring, stunning short films guaranteed to stir the explorer inside us all. Friday, October 7, 2:00 pm, Wednesday, October 12, 4:30 pm

See you at #2016TFF!