The Tacoma Film Festival announced its category winners at an awards brunch Sunday morning. They are:
Best Feature: “Earthwork” (directed by Chris Ordal)
Best Documentary: “Back to the Garden” (directed by Kevin Tomlinson)
Best Animated Film: “A Complex Villainelle” (directed by Howard Cook, Nathan Billington, Bart Ovaitt, Rebecca Forth and Ryan Porter)
Best Short Film: “Ana’s Playground” (directed by Eric D. Howell), which plays again 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Grand Cinema
Best Regional Film: “Shuffle” (directed by Garrett Bennett), which plays again 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Grand
The festival runs through Thursday, and audience members can vote for their favorite. The Audience Choice award will be announced at the closing night, which begins 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Grand.
Grand Cinema and TFF director Philip Cowan is pleased with the way the festival’s gone so far.
“We haven’t tabulated a number of seats, but most have been about three-quarters full,” says Cowan, adding that attendance is up from last year. “We had about 200 people on Sunday at the History Museum for Grit City Flicks, and the Documentary Shorts sold out.”
As to quality, Cowan credits curator Emily Alm for the film selection. “Emily has done a great job programming the festival this year,” he says. “Her work, along with the increase in submissions which meant we have better films, has given us a great festival this year.”
The Tacoma Film Festival runs Oct. 7-14 at various downtown venues. Tickets: $8.50/$6.50 matinee. 253-572-6062, www.tacomafilmfestival.com