The TCFF is for everyone, no wallet required! Using the tips below, you can enjoy world-class entertainment and excitement from morning to night for FREE, or at low cost, every day of the film festival.
It’s one our best ideas ever: free movies all day every day in The Buzz! Free tickets to Buzz screenings will be available online, at all festival box offices, and at the door. And even if you’re unable to secure a seat in advance, standby lines will form before each show. New this year: we’ve moved to plush new digs in Central Grade School, just steps away from Lars Hockstad Auditorium. Look for The Buzz icon throughout the guide to find films with free screenings.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket for an evening out with friends and family as you watch some of
Hollywood’s biggest most beloved classics on a gigantic screen right on the Bay, at dusk. And this year, all of the films are written or directed by women! Arrive early at 7 pm for FREE music, entertainment, an interactive photo booth, and movie-themed surprises. We even throw a Closing Night Bash for the community on Sunday.
The Woz @ Hotel Indigo
Explore the future of storytelling this year at the brand new Hotel Indigo in the Warehouse District downtown. Walk on in Wednesday through Saturday 12-9 pm and Sunday 12-5 pm to experience games and media projects that go beyond traditional screens. Be among the first to check out the latest in virtual reality technology and innovations in interactive storytelling. Presented by Michigan State University and the Michigan Film and Digital Media Office.
Bring your future cinephiles to the $1 kids film screenings Wednesday-Saturday at 9:30 am in Lars Hockstad Auditorium at Central Grade School. Take in a great film, eat FREE popcorn, and then walk outside onto the beautiful lawn for our FREE party, brimming with film-related fun, activities, crafts, and games for kids from tiny tots to young tweens. FREE flip books every day! Your kids won’t want to leave.
Running Wednesday to Sunday each morning at 9:30 am at the City Opera House, our FREE filmmaker panels bring together film luminaries for lively, no-holds-barred conversations you won’t see anywhere else. From the worlds of comedy and documentary, to special one-on-one conversations, our panels are a great way to experience the best the festival has to offer.
Following select 12 pm and 3 pm screenings, you can join fellow cineastes outside your venue, or outside the Bijou in Clinch Park, for informal, insightful discussions in the round about movies that are sure to generate great conversation.
Volunteer for three shifts or more, and you will receive a snazzy FREE volunteer tshirt and get to attend both the FREE pre-fest volunteer screening and post-fest volunteer party, all while making an important contribution to the festival and the community. Plus, at the volunteer screening, we hand out FREE festival tickets reserved just for volunteers. Sign up online at tcff.org, or call the office at 231-392-1134 to join our merry crew today!
Park and Ride Shuttle
We make it easy to get around the festival for FREE with our BATA shuttle buses. Just park on the west side of town in the Thirlby Field parking lot, or on the east side in the Cherry Lot at Northwestern Michigan College, and leave the driving (and the parking!) to us. NEW this year, download the official TCFF App to use our new real-time bus tracking system. It will show you where the next shuttle is and how long it will take to reach you, so you’ll never miss a ride.