While the screenings at the Traverse City Film Festival are the main attraction for this Northern Michigan festival, the parties and galas are among the event’s highlights. Friends of the festival, founders and volunteers each get their own separate party, but the community can attend many of the other events. Help founder Michael Moore ring in his 60th birthday in style, or, attend the closing night bash in the open space. These parties at the Traverse City Film Festival are a different way to experience all the film fun. MyNorth Media would like to thank the Traverse City Film Festival for the following content.

Purchase tickets to some of the following parties (some are free) at TraverseCityFilmFest.org.

Friends Only Screening Party — Saturday, July 26th 12 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm, and 9pm.

The popular Friends of the Film Festival screenings are back again this year! We’ll have two screenings of each film, free concessions, and a special treat sure to start the week off on an auspicious note. The Friends Only movies are two of the festival’s best, and they won’t be shown anywhere else. And remember, there is still time to sign up to be a 2014 Friend of the Film Festival and take part in this special day of movies. Free for Friends and held at Lars Hockstad!

Founders Party — Sunday, July 27th 11 am Brunch and 2 pm Screening (rain or shine)

For the first time in 10 years, we’re mixing things up at the Founders Party for festival sponsors with an exciting new location steps away from the heart of the festival. Join us on the Patio at Clinch Park for a gourmet brunch hosted by Grandview Catering, followed by a sneak preview of one of the festival’s best films.

TCFF Opening Night Party — Tuesday, July 29th 8:30 pm to 12:30 am.

Kick off the festival with a celebration of 10 years of “just great movies” on Tuesday night. Front Street will be dripping with old Hollywood glamor—an entrancing scene featuring local cuisine, libations, and entertainment. Enjoy an evening of festivities under the sparkling lights of the State Theatre as we welcome visiting filmmakers from around the world to experience the magic of Traverse City. Tickets are $50. Purchase tickets at TraverseCityFilmFest.org.

Michael’s Super Sweet 60th — Friday, August 1st, 9 pm to 11:30 pm

We’re not only marking one great milestone this year, we’re toasting our festival founder on the occasion of his 60th birthday with an evening to remember. Join visiting filmmakers and special guests at the corner lofts in Traverse City as we celebrate our fearless leader Michael Moore at this intimate birthday party replete with balloons, a visiting food truck, festive cocktails, and good cheer! And, it’s also the 25th anniversary of Michael’s first film, “Roger & Me,” this year. You know what that means? MORE CAKE! Tickets are $100. Purchase tickets at TraverseCityFilmFest.org.

Filmmaker Party — Saturday, August 2nd, 8:30 pm to 12:30 am

Celebrate with visiting filmmakers in the miraculously transformed parking lot on the corner of State and Park streets. At 9:30 pm, be one of the few to see the Founders present this year’s festival awards to a group of incredibly talented filmmakers. Featuring a smorgasbord of food, libations and entertainment, this star-studded party is sure to be a blast. Tickets are $50. Purchase tickets at TraverseCityFilmFest.org.

TCFF Closing Night Bash — Sunday, August 3rd, 7 pm to Midnight

End the festival on a high note by joining us for our free community party in the Open Space and stay tuned for a special Sunday night screening! There will be live music, games, prizes and a variety of delectable confections and sweets available for purchase. You might even catch a glimpse of yourself on the big screen.

Volunteer Party — Monday, August 4th, 6 pm to 9 pm

Sign up now to volunteer at any one of the amazing venues and be offered access to this celebration on the Monday after the festival. We celebrate our dedicated, amazing, generous, and talented volunteers at this fun post-festival fête where we let out heartfelt thanks show and the libations flow. Share stories with friends about your favorite festival moments and celebrate the week’s success. Featuring some of the top food and beverages from our area, this party is the best way to end a magical week. Free for all volunteers with credentials!

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