So Many Ways to Help — And It’s Tax Deductible
Over 128,000 admissions experience the magic of Traverse City in late July each summer as the Traverse City Film Festival presents Just Great Movies in one of the most beautiful and unique resort areas in the United States.
Our sponsors make it possible for us to keep the festival grassroots, focused on the art and love of movies. We’re dedicated to finding the donation option that works best for you, and hope you can join our sponsor family.
Please ask us about custom and package sponsorships, in kind donations, advertising opportunities and VIP experiences, suitable for any budget. Thank you for supporting the festival!
TCFF is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization, Charitable Solicitation License #MICS35014.
Traverse City Film Festival
PO Box 4064
Traverse City MI 49685
Our Sponsors Receive:
- Two tickets to our annual Founders Party at Ciccone Vineyards. Get a first look at one of the fest’s best films as we kick off the festival by thanking our sponsors on Sunday, July 22.
- Priority online ticket ordering and concierge before Friends of the Film Festival and general public ticketing begin.
- Credentials for special early entry into films and events at all venues.
- Your name in our official program guide and online, and on signage at your venue or event, where applicable.
- Co-sponsorships are available.
Venue, Film, Party, and Panel Sponsorships
All venue sponsors have their name published and announced before every movie at the venue they sponsor and receive listings in the official program guide and on the web site, two tickets to each movie at their venue, and two tickets to each of our festival parties.
All movie and panel sponsors have their name published and announced before the movie/panel they sponsor and receive listings in the official program guide and on the web site, four tickets to the movie (four tickets to any movie for panel sponsors) they sponsor, and two tickets to the Founders Party.
All party sponsors have their name published and announced during the party they sponsor and receive listings in the official program guide and on the web site, receive tickets to festival parties, and four tickets to the Founders Party.
Returning sponsors who sign up to sponsor a movie/panel prior to May 7 will be entered in a lottery to determine the order in which movies/panels are chosen. New sponsors and sponsors who sign up to sponsor after May 7 will be offered their choice of movies/panels on a first-come, first-served basis when the schedule is released.
Please contact Terry Carrithers regarding venue, movie, panel, and party sponsorships. Additional details on each sponsorship level can be found below.
Keeping It Local
Donations of goods and services help us share the things we love and we do best here at home with festival visitors and guests. And special festival rates for core festival needs are essential donations that we customize and value.
Delicious local food and beverage ensure the success of these important festival fundraisers, making for the best possible celebrations throughout the week. Decorations & other items are needed, too.
The 2nd floor of 201 E. Front Street will be home to a swank bar and a great lounge for filmmakers to enjoy during their stay. Help create a great space for guests to relax.
Our volunteers and sponsors set up comfortable green rooms inside each indoor venue to provide a waiting area for festival filmmakers, guests, jurors and sponsors.
Gift Bags for Guests
Help us show off TC with the 60 welcome bags we will prepare this year for visiting filmmakers, actors, and industry guests.
In-Kind Donations Manager
Food Donations Manager
Mike & Ruth Assenmacher
Ken and Helen Andrzejewski
The Producers Pass
$2,500 All-Access Passes
Good for priority entry into every festival movie, event, and party, Producer Pass holders support the festival at a major level.
Two Guides, Great Exposure
Advertising in our early-July schedule announcement tab, or in the official souvenir program guide, allows us to spread news about the festival in over 62,000 total printed guides, without adding expense to the festival. Buying an ad helps the festival!
Advertise in the Festival Ticker
Buying an ad in the Festival Ticker helps us get movie goers the latest, hottest news during the festival, without hitting the bottom line. The daily Festival Ticker is handed to thousands of moviegoers daily as they enter all venues during the festival, and it’s where festivalgoers look for added screenings, new developments, photos from the festival, and interviews with filmmakers.
Cyndi Csapo / Michele Young
We are happiest when we can tailor your experience to meet your needs. And we are always thrilled to accept major gifts on behalf of our educational and cultural mission.
Details on Movie Sponsorships:
Open Space Movies $2,500
Sponsors of the classic movies shown for free to the public at dusk in Open Space Park on a giant, inflatable screen are presented before as many as 10,000 festival guests.
State Theatre Movies $2,000
City Opera House Movies $1,500
Lars Hockstad Auditorium Movies $1,500
Old Town Playhouse Movies $1,000
Milliken Auditorium Movies $1,000
Dutmers Theater $500
All movie sponsors have their name published and announced before the movie they sponsor and receive listings in the official program guide and on the web site, four tickets to the movie they sponsor (four tickets to any movie of your choice for Open Space movie sponsors), and two tickets to the Founders Party.
Free, daily educational panels with directors, actors, writers, and producers from the film industry offer you exposure to crowds of movie lovers gathered to learn more about movies and how they are made.
Panels sponsors receive your name on signage and announced before the panel you sponsor, official program guide and web site listings, VIP seating at the panel you sponsor, two tickets to two screenings of your choice, and two tickets to the Founders Party.
Help create great places to see great movies by sponsoring one of our movie theater venues.
Open Space $15,000
State Theatre $15,000
City Opera House $10,000
Lars Hockstad Auditorium $10,000
Old Town Playhouse $8,000
Milliken Auditorium $10,000
Dutmers Theater $4,000
As a venue sponsor you are mentioned as house sponsor on house signage and on the web site, have your name on screen and announced before all shows at the house you sponsor, prominent listing in the official program guide, two tickets to the Founders, Opening, and Filmmaker parties, and two tickets to all shows at the venue you sponsor (for the Open Space sponsor, two tickets to 24 movies of your choice).
Parties, Premieres and Events
Sponsoring an event is a great way to present your company to high-profile festival guests and attendees.
Opening and Closing Night Movies $3,000
The Opening and Closing Night Movies are the best in celebration of film. Name on screen and announced before the movie you sponsor, official program guide and web site listings, four tickets to the movie you sponsor, four tickets to the party the night of the film you sponsor, and two tickets to the Founders Party.
Opening Night Party $5,000
The Opening Night Party will be the place to be on Front Street Tuesday night. Name on screen and announced before the Opening Night movie, official program guide and web site listings, four tickets to the Opening Night movie, four tickets to the Opening Night Party, and four tickets to the Founders Party.
Filmmaker Party $5,000
Rub shoulders with the visiting filmmakers and guests at the Filmmaker Party, Saturday night. Name on signage and announced at the Filmmaker Party, official program guide and web site listings, four tickets to the Closing Night movie, four tickets to the Filmmaker Party, and four tickets to the Founders Party.
Founders Party $4,000
The Founders Party is the festival’s celebration of its valued sponsors. Name on signage and announced at the party, official program guide and web site listings,four tickets to the Founders Party, and two tickets to the Opening and Filmmaker Parties.
Volunteer Party $4,000
Help support and thank our wonderful Volunteers the day after the festival. Name on signage and announced at the party, official program guide and web site listings, four tickets to the Founders party, and two tickets to the Opening and Filmmaker Parties.