TRAVERSE CITY MI, May 10, 2017 —The Traverse City Film Festival and its sponsor FIM Group invite filmmakers of all ages and experience levels to enter the eighth annual TCFF Bumper Contest for a chance to win cash prizes, including a Grand Prize of $1,000. Winners will be shown during the 13th annual TCFF, which returns July 25-30 for a six-day cinema extravaganza in downtown Traverse City.

A wonderful opportunity for aspiring and enthusiastic filmmakers looking to strut their stuff, bumpers are 20 to 60 second short films designed to play before festival feature presentations. Submissions are not limited to specific themes, but winning submissions often:

– Tell a story. Narratives are usually more engaging than artistic shots or promotional ideas alone.
– Focus on the festival attendee experience and things that are unique to the TCFF.
– Have high production values. Make sure your great idea can be seen and heard.
– Use humor, animation, and/or parody of famous films.

The film festival audience is diverse, so humor and references should be accessible. Keep the pacing fast and tight, and pay careful attention to lighting and sound clarity. And of course, have fun and entertain us! You can check out all of last year’s winners here.

Winners will be contacted after the jury makes their decisions, and will be announced in late July.

Entries must be submitted via email by July 6, 2017 to
For complete details about the contest, including the fine print, visit

About FIM Group
FIM Group has been assisting clients in achieving financial success for more than 30 years. As a pioneer in the fee-only wealth advisory industry, FIM Group currently manages in excess of $500 million in client assets. With a team of more than 30 professionals dedicated to making the client experience as rewarding and fulfilling as possible, FIM Group is one of the largest independent investment managers in Northern Michigan. Additional information is available at

About the Traverse City Film Festival
The Traverse City Film Festival is a charitable, educational, nonprofit organization committed to showing “Just Great Movies” and to helping save one of America’s few indigenous art forms — the cinema. The festival was founded by Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore. It holds an annual event in late July and operates two year-round art house movie theaters, the State Theatre and the Bijou by the Bay.