Over 100,000 admissions experience the magic of Traverse City in late July each summer as the Traverse City Film Festival presents “Just Great Movies” in one of the most beautiful and unique resort areas in the United States.

Our sponsors make it possible for us to keep the festival grassroots, focused on the art and love of movies. We’re dedicated to finding the donation option that works best for you. We hope you will join our sponsor family.

Please ask us about custom and package sponsorships, in-kind donations, advertising opportunities, and special experiences, suitable for any budget. Thank you for supporting the festival!

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Our Sponsors Receive

  • Tickets to our annual Founders Party which includes a first look at one of our best films as we kick off the festival by thanking our sponsors.
  • Priority online ticket ordering and concierge before Friends of the Film Festival and general public ticketing begin.
  • Credentials for special early entry into films and events at all venues.
  • Listing in our official program guide and online, and on signage at the sponsored venue or event, when applicable.
  • Co-sponsorships are available on sponsorships $1,000 and over.

In Addition

Venue sponsors have their name announced before every movie at the venue they sponsor, receive two tickets to each movie at their venue, and two tickets to our Founders, Opening Night, and Filmmaker parties. Plus, venue sponsors have their name/logo prominently on screen at every film at their venue, and new this year, on screen at all other venues (as part of a venue sponsor screen), too!

28016948363_9ef0e65820_zMovie sponsors have their name announced and on screen before the movie they sponsor, receive tickets to the movie (two tickets for $500 level and four tickets for $1,000 and up levels) they sponsor, and tickets (one ticket for $500 level and two tickets for $1,000 and up levels) to the Founders Party. Special movie sponsorships (Opening Night, Centerpiece, Closing Night) have additional benefits.

Panel sponsors have their name announced before the panel they sponsor, receive four regular movie vouchers, and two tickets to the Founders Party.

Film School session sponsors have their name announced before the session they sponsor, receive four tickets to the session they sponsor, and one ticket to the Founders Party.

Party sponsors have their name announced during the party they sponsor, receive tickets to the party they sponsor, as well as the other festival parties.

Musician sponsors receive regular movie vouchers (two vouchers for $500 level and four vouchers for $1,000 level) and tickets to the Founders Party (one ticket for $500 level and two tickets for $1,000 level).

Plus, we have other special sponsorships available like our Kids Fest Lawn Party, Intern Support, and more, all with varying price and benefit levels.

View our all of our sponsor opportunities and contracts.
View a specific list of benefits.

Terry Carrithers
Sponsorship Director


Keeping It Local
Donations of goods and services help us share the things we love and do best here at home with festival visitors and guests. And businesses that offer special festival rates for core festival operations are valued custom sponsors.28083457893_18d6515447_z

Food & Beverages
Delicious local food and beverages ensure the success of these important festival fundraisers, making for the best possible celebrations throughout the week.

Help our visiting filmmakers enjoy their stay with donations to our filmmaker loft and green rooms. Our filmmaker loft is home to a swank bar and lounge, creating a great spot for our guests to relax. Our volunteers and sponsors also set up comfortable green rooms inside each indoor venue to provide a waiting area for visiting festival filmmakers and guests.

Gift Bags for Guests
Help us show off TC with the 100 welcome bags we prepare each year for visiting filmmakers, actors, and industry guests.

Alan Collard
In-Kind Donations Manager

Food Donations

Libations Donations


$2,500 All-Access Passes
The festival is very appreciative of our supporters who can purchase these special tax-deductible passes for $2,500 each. We have only a limited number available. Passes are non-transferable. Producer Pass holders will receive a special photo credential for entry into movies, parties, and events.

Producer Passes are your ticket to every public screening, party, and event at the festival. A Producer Pass allows you to receive a Sponsor Line card at all indoor venues and to stand in the Sponsor Line, to enter the theater before the general public!

Susan Fisher
Business Director


Official Schedule Release Guide28477393560_28554334ec_b
Advertising in our late June schedule release announcement guide allows us to spread exciting news about the festival to more than 79,000 people across the region at no additional expense to the TCFF. This highly-anticipated first look at the festival makes it easy for filmgoers to plan the movies and events they want to attend.

Official Program Guide
Advertising in the glossy official souvenir program guide allows us to provide over 25,000 festival attendees with a keepsake that visitors rely on and reference at the festival and as a film guide throughout the year at home.

Until we receive our ad sales sheets, email for information about advertising in our 2018 guides.


We are happiest when we can tailor your experience to meet your needs. And we are always thrilled to accept major gifts on behalf of our educational and cultural mission.

Deb Lake
Executive Director