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Official Filmmaker Bar Nights – Movies on Tap
Join us nightly for the festival’s Official Filmmaker Bar Nights — Movies on Tap. Find the complete schedule for 2016 and more info here


Friends Only Screening Party
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Saturday, July 23, 12 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm, and 9 pm | Lars Hockstad Auditorium

Our popular Friends of the Film Festival screenings are among the festival’s most beloved traditions, sure to start festival week off on an auspicious note. We’ll have two of the festival’s best films, hand picked by Michael Moore, plus free concessions and everyone’s favorite treat — cake! This year’s Friends Only movies — “Sweet Smell of Spring” and “Midsummer in Newton” — won’t be shown anywhere else at the festival. There is still time to sign up to be a 2016 Friend of the Film Festival and take part in this exclusive day of movies.
FREE for Friends!


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It’s not too late to sponsor a film and attend this celebration
Sunday, July 24, 11 am Brunch, 2 pm Film | The Patio at Clinch Park | Rain or Shine

We’re back on the bayfront this summer with a brand new menu and tents for cooling at an amped up annual celebration of our generous sponsors! Join us on an artificially-cooled Patio at Clinch Park for a gourmet brunch catered by the NMC Great Lakes Culinary Institute, followed by a sneak preview of one of the festival’s best films, “The Last Reel.” Great cuisine in an unrivaled setting and a great movie in an unequaled theatre — what could be better?  
FREE for Sponsors! 


Opening Night Party
Tuesday, July 26, 8:30 pm – 12:30 am
Front Street (200 Block) between Park and Cass Streets | Rain or Shine
TCFF Opening Night Party

Kickoff the festival with a sparkling celebration of Just Great Movies on Tuesday night. We’ll shut down Front Street and fill it with excitement, music, dancing, stars, the most delectable food Traverse City has to offer, and the very best beer, wine, and mixed drinks your all access ticket can buy—all under the stars glittering in the sky. Enjoy a red carpet evening bathed in the luminous glow of the State Theatre’s beautiful marquee as we welcome movie lovers to experience the magic of Traverse City.
Tickets: $50


The Woz Party
Wednesday, July 27, 6:00 pm – 9 pm20120919871_67db4900b9_mHotel Indigo | 263 W. Grandview Parkway

Help us christen the new location of the coolest, freshest, buzziest, and most widely-sought-after festival venue, The Woz, on Wednesday night. Come for our FREE festivities featuring apps, zerts, and drinks, and stay to check out all the cutting-edge technology and innovative storytelling we’ve got to offer. The only rule? Tell your friends to come visit us later in the week! #tcffwoz
FREE for Everyone!


Traverse City Film FestFilmmaker Party
Saturday, July 30, 8:30 pm – 12:30 am | Rain or Shine
Century 21 Northland Parking Lot, corner of State and Park streets

Revel with visiting filmmakers in the magically transformed parking lot on the corner of State and Park streets. At 9:30 pm, be one of the few to see the Founders present this year’s festival awards to a group of amazingly talented filmmakers. Featuring a tantalizing bounty of food, drinks, and entertainment, this star-studded all-inclusive party is the ticket to get!
Tickets: $50


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Sunday, July 31, 7 pm – 9:45 pm
Open Space Park

Do you want to build a snowman? Well, at our free community party preceding Sunday night’s Open Space screening of the blockbuster to end all blockbusters, “Frozen,” you can do just that — and in suuuuummmmmer no less! With live music, interactive games, an icy photo booth, Arendelle’s own bounce castle, reindeer treats, and more, it will be a night so magical, you’ll feel like you’re surrounded by warm hugs. Whether you’re an Anna, Elsa, or maybe an Olaf, don your favorite movie outfit and join us. It’ll definitely be a night worth melting for.
FREE for Everyone!


Volunteer Party
20308068490_8e61280b83_zSign up to volunteer at any one of our amazing venues, then attend this celebration on the Monday after the festival!
Monday, August 1, 6 pm – 9 pm | Rain or Shine
The Front Lawn at the Village of Grand Traverse Commons

We celebrate our dedicated, amazing, generous, and talented volunteers at this fun post-festival fête where we let our heartfelt thanks show and the libations flow. Share stories with friends about your favorite festival moments and celebrate the week’s success. Featuring some of the top food and beverages from our area donated by our generous sponsors, this party is the best way to end an unforgettably glorious week.
FREE for all volunteers with credentials!