Seven Years of the Destiny City Film Festival

From Maxima: This Land of Mine by Mariel Sosa

Proctor’s historic Blue Mouse Theater will host the seventh annual Destiny City Film Festival from February 28th to March 1st. This year’s program will feature 34 films from across the globe, and from the Pacific Northwest, one of which has been nominated for the 2020 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. This celebration of art and film is an opportunity to bring together local filmmakers, artists, families, and friends from the Tacoma community and beyond. 

The festival will open Friday, February 28th at 7pm with Sell By, a full-length comedy directed by Mike Doyle. Prior to the film, guests are invited to the opening night party at the Blue Mouse for food, drinks, live music from Tacoma’s own The Happy Sinners, and an opportunity to connect with other attendees and filmmakers.

Saturday, February 29th will begin with a morning of free family-friendly programming, featuring several playful short films. The mid-day programming focuses on documentary shorts, including Maxima: This Land of Mine by Mariel Sosa, Lowland Kids by Sandra Winther, This Ink Runs Deep by Asia Youngman, and All on a Mardi Gras Day by local filmmaker Michal Pietrzyk.

The Representation: Women in Film panel, on Saturday afternoon, will be moderated by Stefanie Malone and will feature three accomplished women who have established themselves as leaders in the film industry: Laura Seay, an LA-based filmmaker, writer and actress; Rolla Selbak, an LA-based film producer and writer; and Nicole Pouchet, a Pacific Northwest-based writer and director.

The Saturday afternoon programming features the Reel Q Shorts package: Sweetheart Dancers, Outdooring, Black Hat, Wonder, and Miller and Son. On Saturday evening, DCFF will highlight the hilarious feature length comedy International Falls, about a woman with dreams of doing comedy. The day will wrap up with two films centered on sibling and family dynamics: Austin Milner’s short The Scooper, based on true events, and Mother’s Little Helpers.

The closing day will be full of celebrating local films, including Portal Runner, three short films, and Taming Wild: Pura Vida. Cast and crew will be in attendance for a Q&A following all local films. The festival will end on Sunday afternoon with a group of short films in the block The Stories We Tell, with The Neighbors’ Window, an Academy Award-nominated short about a restless young mother of two children. 

The 2020 Storyteller Award winners will be announced prior to the films, and guests are invited to the closing night party at Peaks and Pints afterward to celebrate the festival’s seventh year. Join us for a weekend that celebrates local and global film and the tradition of storytelling.  For more information on tickets and VIP all-access passes, visit