Become a Friend of the Film Festival Now!

27861477783_4bf19a1193_zYour Friends membership support makes it possible for the festival to bring great films and filmmakers to Traverse City while keeping ticket prices affordable for the entire community. And here’s the best benefit of all: become a Friend of the Film Festival and you get to buy your tickets to next year’s film festival a WEEK before they go on sale to the general public, on July 9, 2017 instead of July 15, 2017! You also receive party discounts and tickets to the Friends Only Screening Parties at the festival on Saturday, July 22, 2017.


Need to renew for 2017? Click here to renew now and use your membership at the 2017 festival.


Sign up to get your benefits, including tickets to our FREE Friends Only screenings! Click here to join as a 2017 Friend now through July 14, 2017.

You can also call us in the office at 231-392-1134 to renew or join over the phone.

28371524162_775acac787_oALL FRIENDS BENEFIT

• Buy up to four tickets per time slot to the festival ONE WEEK BEFORE the general public!
• Two free tickets to the Friends Only Screening Parties.

Please, only one Friends membership per household. Two names per membership are allowed.


Senior Friend $80 
Membership for seniors (65+). Enter Year of Birth (required for this membership type).
• 50% off one ticket to the Opening Night Party or Filmmaker Party ($25 value)

Good Friend $120 
• 50% off one ticket to the Opening Night Party or Filmmaker Party ($25 value)

Family Friend $240
• 50% off two tickets to the Opening Night Party or Filmmaker Party ($50 value)

Special Friend $500
• Festival liaison to assist you with your early ticket order
• 50% off two tickets to the Opening Night Party or Filmmaker Party ($50 value)
• $40 merchandise voucher for the festival store (redeem at the Main Festival Box Office)


July 1: Friends Membership Login Info Sent via Email
July 5: Tickets for Friends Only Screenings Available Online
July 9: Friends Ticketing Begins
July 15: Public Ticketing Begins


Bijou, Wednesday, July 27, 2016Friends of the Film Festival and State and Bijou Memberships are separate, unrelated programs. Friends benefit during the festival period and can order festival tickets before the general public. State and Bijou members benefit the year-round theaters and receive benefits at the State Theatre and Bijou by the Bay outside of the festival period. State and Bijou members receive a plastic membership card, Friends do not. Please see our website for additional details.


We love being with all of you who line up at the Front Street box office to get your tickets early on Friends ticketing day. And many of you prefer to order tickets online later that day. But due to our limited resources, phones have never been a good option for getting tickets. So once again this year, the phone lines will not be open on the first day of Friends ticketing. (Please Note: phones will be open every day after that.)

We are, however, providing an option for those of you who cannot use any other means to order tickets, including online ordering. From those who submit applications for the order assistance program, we will be able to select a large group of Friends to accommodate. Details on this process for the 2017 year will be out soon. If you have any questions about this program, email us at