Have you ever wondered what the Traverse City Film Festival filmmakers are like? Get to know them at these intimate parties, bar nights and panel discussions in Traverse City.


Opening Night Party
Tuesday, July 26, 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Front Street shuts down for music, dancing, stars and the best food and drinks Traverse City has to offer. Cost: $50

The Woz Party
Wednesday, July 27, 6 – 9 p.m.

The festival’s newest venue The Woz at Hotel Indigo is all the buzz. Check out cutting-edge technology and the latest in storytelling. Cost: Free

Filmmaker Party
Saturday, July 30, 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Be among the few to see the Founders present this year’s awards. Celebrate with food, drinks and entertainment on the corner of State and Park streets, Century 21 parking lot. Cost: $50

Closing Night Bash
Sunday, July 31, 7 – 9:45 p.m.

This family-friendly Frozen party is set to be the event of the summer. Live music, games, an icy photo booth, Arendelle’s bounce castle, reindeer treats and more. Cost: Free

Official Filmmaker Bar Nights

Hang out with the filmmakers at these local watering holes. Meet up at:

  • 7 Monks & Low Bar: Wednesday, July 27
  • Sidetraxx: Wednesday, July 27
  • The Little Fleet: Thursday, July 28
  • The Parlor: Friday, July 29


Join Traverse City Film Festival filmmakers from around the world as they share industry secrets, stories and tips. These free events begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday at the City Opera House. Here’s the schedule:

  • Wednesday, July 27: Come to the Doc Side
  • Thursday, July 28: Men Make Movies – The Struggle Continues
  • Friday, July 29: Who Let the Women In?
  • Saturday, July 30: The Comedy Panel
  • Sunday, July 31: Film Under Trump

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Photo(s) by Carly Paszek