How can I learn more about filmmaking? The Traverse City Film Festival features a film school, with classes held Wednesday through Sunday, twice daily. Classes, held at Scholars Hall at Northwestern Michigan College, are taught by industry experts.
Are there any free movies at the festival? Each night of the festival, classic films are shown on the waterfront in the city’s Open Space Park on a giant inflatable screen. No admission is charged. Seating is general admission, so be sure to bring chairs and blankets. For more information about how to attend the festival on a budget, click here.
Are dogs allowed at the Open Space movies? Dogs are not allowed at the Open Space Outdoor Cinema. While we encourage you to bring blankets, chairs, and coolers, please leave your four-legged friends at home.
What other programming is at the festival beside films? We have a robust music scene at the festival including performances before many screenings, at parties, and more. Visitors can enjoy our free industry panels, take a $5 film school class, enjoy the activities at our free kids fest, attend official festival parties and after parties, or visit the future of storytelling at The Woz.
Is the festival accessible? Yes, for more information on accessibility and accommodation requests please visit here.
Where can I park? We recommend parking in either the NMC Cherry Lot on the east side or Thirlby Field on the west and using our free, green, and easy shuttle loop to get downtown without worry or cost. For more info on parking downtown, visit our How To Festival page.
Can I bring my kids? The festival has many activities for children and families including our free kids fest lawn party, $1 kids movies, and our free movies at the Open Space. We also designate certain films in our #tween section as appropriate for PG and PG-13 audiences.
Are films in the festival rated? Most films at the festival have not been rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. Ratings are listed when applicable. Please read the film descriptions, do your own research on sites like Common Sense Media, and choose responsibly.
I’m a musician. How can I become one of your performers? Awesome! Simply visit our music page to review all the info about being a TCFF musician, complete a brief application, and we’ll be in touch.
How is the festival financially supported? The festival is funded by local and national businesses, community groups, and individuals. Sponsors are needed for each venue, film, filmmaker, and event. If you would like to contribute, please contact us at 231-392-1134. The Traverse City Film Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with tax-exempt status.
Who created the festival? The Traverse City Film Festival was founded by Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore in collaboration with photographer John Robert Williams and author Doug Stanton. Festival board members include filmmakers Larry Charles (“Borat”), Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda”), actor Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”), actress Christine Lahti (“Chicago Hope”), producer Rod Birleson (“Capitalism: A Love Story”), musician Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), filmmaker Mark Cousins (“The Story of Film: An Odyssey”), filmmaker Tia Lessin (“Trouble the Water”), and marketing executive Penny Milliken.
Are there any year-round festival activities? The Traverse City Film Festival operates two year-round movie houses, the historic State Theatre, and the Bijou by Bay, in downtown Traverse City. Visit the State and Bijou website for complete information.
If I have more questions, how can I contact someone at the festival? We can be reached by phone at the festival office at 231-392-1134, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail at: PO Box 4064, Traverse City, MI 49685.