How To Fest

Photos: Perrone T. Ford Photography

The 2019 Festival was another fantastic weekend of great films, conversations and socializing. More than 90 films were shown over 2 days. Check out the films.

The Tally Shorts Film Festival takes place in scenic downtown Tallahassee, the capital of Florida. Tallahassee is home to a wide range of free and low cost options to help make your visit memorable. We are surrounded by nature, only a short drive from beautiful beaches and enjoy a vibrant night life. For more on what to do during your visit, check out our good friends over at Visit Tallahassee.

The Event

The Festival starts Friday evening with our Opening Night screening – a selection of this year’s films spanning all genres. Saturday is packed with films shown simultaneously on two screens. Our screenings are organized into “blocks” – films we think go together. Blocks are approximately 60 minutes long, with a 20 minute break in-between.

Before the films start on Saturday morning, we have a Meet-And-Greet with filmmakers whose films are screening at the Festival. Many of our film blocks include a Q&A session with visiting filmmakers.

After the Opening Night film, join us for our Opening Night Party. After the last film on Saturday, plan on attending our Awards Ceremony Party.

All films, educational events, and parties are open to All-Fest Pass holders.

The Awards

The Festival presents three awards each year. The Tally Shorts Favorite and the Florida Favorite are determined by a panel of judges from the film industry and allied fields. See the bios of the 2019 judges. In addition, the audience votes on an Audience Favorite Award.

See the 2019 Award winners here.

Films & Tickets


See the 2019 Festival Schedule

Our program committee scoured the hundreds of hours of films, to bring you the very best cinema from around the world.


Tickets go on sale about 8 weeks before the Festival – in mid-November. We recommend buying an All Fest Pass, that give you access to all films, educational events, after parties and the filmmaker Meet & Greet.

All Fest Passes are more expensive day of Festival.

Tickets to a single block of films can be purchased at the Festival.

Box Office

The Tally Shorts Box Office is located in the Challenger Lobby and is open on the days the Festival is in operation.

Passes purchased in advance are picked up at the Box Office – we do not mail passes.

You may purchase passes and tickets to individual film blocks at the Box Office during the Festival.


The primary venue for Tally Shorts is the Challenger Learning Center’s Digital Dome Theater and Planetarium. It is a 50-foot, high-definition theater with a 20,600-watt Dolby 5.1 surround sound system and state-of-the-art projectors that seats 128.

Challenger Learning Center’s Digital Dome
200 S. Duval Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301


There are many lodging options both city-wide and in downtown Tallahassee near our venue. These are our top recommendations, just a short walk to the theater.

A special thanks to these hotels for supporting Tally Shorts Film Festival.

Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown
316 W Tennessee St
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Aloft Tallahassee Downtown
200 N Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32301

DoubleTree by Hilton Tallahassee
101 South Adams St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Governors Inn Tallahassee
209 South Adams St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301


Kleman Parking Garage is the closest public parking garage to the Challenger Learning Center. Entrances to the Kleman Parking Garage are located on South Duval and South Bronough Streets. Parking all day on a weekend is only $1.00.

Additional parking is available at metered street spots and other public lots located throughout downtown.

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