The Tacoma Film Festival kicks off in earnest on Friday with more than 250 films screening in seven days at The Grand Cinema and five other venues: the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma Community College, Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass and University of Washington Tacoma.
The festival will have 36 feature films, but most of the movies are shorts. Most of those are grouped thematically: international, science fiction, comedy, family, drama, animated and others.
In order to make the festival more accessible to students, several school sites have been added as screening locations, said festival director Laura Marshall.
The film festival coincides with some good news for the Grand: The independent theater complex announced this week that it had reached its fundraising goal for the conversion of its film projection and sound to digital systems. The theater’s four 35mm projectors will be replaced by digital versions by Thanksgiving, said Grand director Philip Cowan.
The digital conversion campaign raised $370,000, exceeding its $344,000 goal, Cowan said. About a third of the funds came from grants and the remainder came from more than 1,600 individual donors.
The film industry has largely gone digital and theaters, regardless of their size, are switching their equipment to the new format. The Grand will keep at least one of its 35mm projectors to screen older films, Cowan said. Tacoma Film Festival
When: Thursday-Oct. 10
Where: The Grand Cinema and other venues
Tickets: $10 general, $8 Grand members, $6 students/seniors
Information: 253-593-4474, tacomafilmfestival.comCraig Sailor, email@example.com