The time has arrived! Your first chance to purchase tickets for the 10th Anniversary Traverse City Film Festival is tomorrow, Sunday, July 13th — an early-ticketing benefit reserved exclusively for those of you who are Friends of the Film Festival. BUT — it’s not too late to become a Friend if you want to get your tickets tomorrow ahead of the crush next weekend. All you have to do to become a Friend is click here.
Friends ticketing all starts at 11 am at the main box office (201 E. Front at the corner of Front and Cass) and by phone (231-242-FILM); and then at 6 pm, online sales begin. Those of you joining us in person can lineup at the State Theatre where, starting at 10 am, we will let you in to wait your turn in absolute comfort.
Tickets go on sale to the public next Saturday, July 19.
I trust by now you’ve had a chance to look at the festival schedule and, with over 128 outstanding feature films to choose from, plus 8 shorts programs, a kids fest, film school, and loads of free movies and panels, you might be a little overwhelmed.
Fear not! With a lineup this great, you really can’t go wrong no matter what you pick.
Before you set your schedule in cement, read on for some important and cool announcements…
MOVIES AROUND THE BAY
There is no better way to ease up this year’s massive festival gridlock than getting things started early and joining us on a scenic cinematic tour across Northern Michigan — seeing some of the best festival films while visiting charming towns and historic theaters in the process. Sounds like a definite win-win to me!
Beginning next Sunday, July 20th, we’re showing a different TCFF10 film in a different town each night around the “Bay.” From Petoskey to Manistee, each of the six towns and theaters we’ve selected will become a film fest venue for a night in the week leading up to the festival in Traverse City. If you’re a Friend of the Festival, you can purchase your tickets for any of these special screenings beginning tomorrow.
Tickets for Movies Around the Bay will go on sale to the general public this Wednesday, July 16. You can read more about the lineup of films and participating partner theaters in Manistee, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Frankfort, Elk Rapids, and Suttons Bay here!
MOVIES ON A BOAT
Due to the overwhelming response we’ve received to these special nautical screenings (and the limited capacity of the boat rides as compared to, let’s say, the State Theatre), we will be holding a drawing for your chance to buy a ticket to set sail on a moviegoing adventure unlike any other.
Simply send one postcard or letter per film to TCFF Movies on a Boat, PO Box 4064, Traverse City MI 49685 or drop one off at the main box office starting July 13. Please include the film title, your contact information, and your choice of one or two tickets. Please, only one entry per person, per film.
TCFF 10TH ANNIVERSARY TRAILER
You’ll definitely want to check out the absolutely epic TCFF10 Trailer we have put together. If this doesn’t get you excited for the upcoming festival, nothing will.
DOWNLOAD OUR MOBILE APP
Stay connected to the TCFF on the go by downloading our mobile app from the App Store or Google Play. Order tickets and browse films, events, and places to eat and shop — plus, be the first to receive the latest news and schedule updates as you make your way around the festival. Even self-proclaimed Luddites (who I still call friends) will find the app to be an indispensable tool that will enhance the festival experience.
WALK OF FAME AUCTION (TCFF.ORG/AUCTION)
I’ve been gathering handprints of visiting filmmakers in cement since we started the festival back in 2005. Madonna, John Waters, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Donen, Wim Wenders, and many more have all made their mark. We’ve been stockpiling the squares in hopes of having a TCFF Walk of Fame on Front Street outside of the State Theatre — our own little piece of Hollywood right here in TC!
Now that we’re ten, it’s time to put their hands into a heated sidewalk along the street. Help us create the Walk of Fame by purchasing an item from our TCFF 10th Anniversary auction! Go online to tcff.org/auction now to preview the star-studded offerings and then, between July 20 and August 5, you can bid on great items like the chance to join me at a special screening at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, a Tony Bennett signed limited edition art print, a jacket worn by Jennifer Aniston in “Life of Crime,” or join Doug Benson as a guest on his “Doug Loves Mov ies” podcast!
That’s it for now! See you tomorrow when the tickets go on sale!