12th Annual Traverse City Film Festival Announces Open Space People’s Choice Vote, Bumper Contest, Call For Stories & Volunteers


CONTACT:
Meg Weichman
Traverse City Film Festival
231-392-1134
meg@tcff.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

12TH ANNUAL TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OPEN SPACE PEOPLE’S CHOICE VOTE, BUMPER CONTEST, CALL FOR STORIES & VOLUNTEERS

TRAVERSE CITY, MI, June 14, 2016 – The Traverse City Film Festival is making final decisions about what films will play at this year’s festival, July 26 – 31 — an epic year that will celebrate 100 years of moviegoing magic as we toast the State Theatre’s Centennial 1916-2016!

But one very important thing is still missing from our program…YOU. Each year we ask you to choose the film we show on Friday night at the Open Space and this year’s choices are below.

2016 OPEN SPACE PEOPLE’S CHOICE VOTE

  • Clueless
  • Deep Impact
  • Shrek
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • Twilight

Click here to vote by Friday, June 17.

The winning film will be shown on Friday, July 29 on the festival’s giant 65-foot inflatable screen set against the beautiful Traverse City bayfront, the centerpiece of our gift to the community, the ever-popular, always-spectacular Open Space screenings.

We hope to see you by the bay Tuesday, July 26 through Sunday, July 31 for music, entertainment, and fun beginning at 7 pm. Movies hit the screen at dusk. There’s no better place to gather with family, friends, and neighbors to enjoy summertime in glorious Northern Michigan than at our outdoor cinema under the stars!

Results of the People’s Choice vote will be announced along with the full festival schedule on Friday, June 24.

2016 VOLUNTEER SHIFTS
Along with our big schedule announcement on Friday, June 24, shifts for volunteers will open for signup. Our volunteers are what give us our reputation as the friendliest and most welcoming festival around, and their incredible talents and commitment continue to leave us in awe.

So if you’ve ever thought about experiencing the festival in a new way, want to help the festival in major way, or just enjoy hanging out with cool, smart, and fun people while giving back to your community, please consider signing up now and you’ll be notified when shifts go live!

2016 BUMPER CONTEST
The Traverse City Film Festival and its valued, long-time sponsor, FIM Group, invite filmmakers of all ages to submit to this year’s Bumper Contest for a chance to win cash prizes, including a top prize of $1,000. And now that school’s out, there’s no better time to get a submission underway!

Winners of this contest for 20 to 60 second short films play on the big screen before festival films during the 12th annual Traverse City Film Festival. Entries must be submitted by June 29, 2016. Get complete details here!

STATE CENTENNIAL – A CALL FOR STORIES!
We’ve been eagerly counting down to the State’s 100th birthday for years now, so in preparation for this year’s grand culmination of the State Theatre Centennial Celebration, we’re asking you to share your memories of our beloved theater! If you have a funny or interesting story about the past 100 years at the State Theatre, something you saw or heard, an experience you had, something that moved you, made you laugh, think, or cry, or an observation about how moviegoing has changed over the past 100 years, please take a moment to write down your story and email it to us at info@stateandbijou.org.

ABOUT THE TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL
The Traverse City Film Festival is a charitable, educational, nonprofit organization committed to the idea that “One Great Movie Can Change You: Just Great Movies” and to helping save one of America’s few indigenous art forms – the cinema. The festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to northern Michigan for the annual film festival in late July to early August.

It was instrumental in renovating a shuttered historic downtown movie house, the State Theatre, which it continues to own and operate as a year-round, community-based, and volunteer-staffed art house movie theater. The festival also renovated the historic Con Foster Museum building in Clinch Park and turned it into a sister screen for the State Theatre, the Bijou by the Bay.

The festival was founded by Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore who makes his home here, runs the festival, and serves as president of the board of directors. Other board members are filmmakers Rod Birleson (producer, “Capitalism: A Love Story”), Larry Charles (director, “Borat”), Terry George (director, “Hotel Rwanda”), Jeff Daniels (actor, “The Newsroom”), Tom Morello (musician, Rage Against the Machine), Christine Lahti (actor, “Running on Empty”), Mark Cousins (director, “The Story of Film: An Odyssey”), Tia Lessin (director, “Trouble the Water”), as well as Traverse City residents photographer John Robert Williams and former Walt Disney Co. marketing executive Penny Milliken.