About the Traverse City Film Festival

The Traverse City Film Festival is the result of years undying enthusiasm and devotion to the screen arts. It started with lunch meetings at restaurants around Traverse City between Northern Michigan residents Michael Moore, Doug Stanton and John Robert Williams, when a plan was hatched to host a world-class film festival in Traverse City and renovate the State Theatre. Then, those meetings transformed into hours of hard work organizing the restoration of the State in downtown Traverse City. Finally, with the State Theatre functioning as a home base, the first Traverse City Film Festival took place in 2005—with great success. Now in its 10th year, this Northern Michigan festival is hailed as one of the best film festivals in the nation, and continues to please larger and larger crowds with every new edition. Read on to find out more about the Traverse City Film Festival.


The Main Event: Screenings at the Traverse City Film Festival

The Traverse City Film Festival holds dozens of film screenings around the Traverse City Area throughout the festival. Free movies are available outside at the Open Space and inside at the Buzz located at the Inside Out Gallery. Other venues include The City Opera House, The Old Town Playhouse, The State Theatre, The Bijou and more—all in or near downtown Traverse City.

Panels and Parties

Experience the festival in a different way by attending one of the film panels, which features speakers from all walks of life—from local filmmakers to Hollywood icons. Or dress up and head to one of the parties hosted by the Traverse City Film Festival.

Learn a Little Something

For those who aspire to have a film showed on the big screen someday, the film school, held on NMC’s campus in Traverse City, is the perfect place to learn new tips and tricks about the movie making industry.

Volunteer or Donate

The festival is always looking for volunteers to help the event run smoothly. Don’t worry—all volunteers are rewarded with their own party the Monday following the festival. It’s a great way to interact with the community as well as gain special access to certain screenings and who knows, maybe you’ll get to meet a big screen actor. If you would like to make a donation towards the future of the Traverse City Film Festival, you can either sponsor the festival or become a friend of the festival. Both include special showings and tickets to specific parties during this Northern Michigan event.


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