Become a Friend of the Film Festival!

Become a 2018 Friend HERE.
Renew as a 2018 Friend HERE.

Your Friends membership support makes it possible for the festival to bring great films and filmmakers to Traverse City while keeping ticket prices affordable for the entire community. You’ll receive exclusive early ticketing access, party discounts, and tickets to the Friends Only Screening Parties at the festival on Saturday, July 28, 2018.

• Exclusive early ticketing access for up to four tickets per time slot!
• Two free tickets to the Friends Only Screening Parties.
• Please, only one Friends membership per household. Two names per membership are allowed.

Senior Friend $80
Membership for seniors (65+). Birth year required for this membership type.
• 50% off one ticket to the Opening Night Party or Filmmaker Party ($25 value)

Good Friend $120
• 50% off one ticket to the Opening Night Party or Filmmaker Party ($25 value)

July 9: Friends Membership Login Info Sent via Email
July 11: Tickets for Friends Only Screenings Available Online
July 15: Friends Ticketing Begins
July 21: Public Ticketing Begins
Dates are subject to change

Friends Memberships for the 2019 festival will be available for purchase starting July 21.


Sign up to get your benefits, including tickets to our FREE Friends Only screenings! Click here to join. Friends memberships are annual and expire at the end of the 2018 festival. 


Need to renew for 2018? Click here to renew now and use your membership at the 2018 festival. Friends memberships are annual and expire at the end of the 2018 festival. 

Friends of the Film Festival and State and Bijou Memberships are separate, unrelated programs. Friends benefit during the festival period and can order festival tickets before the general public. State and Bijou members benefit the year-round theaters and receive benefits at the State Theatre and Bijou by the Bay outside of the festival period. State and Bijou members receive a plastic membership card, Friends do not. Visit the State & Bijou website for more details.

We love being with all of you who line up at the Front Street box office to get your tickets early on Friends ticketing day. And many of you prefer to order tickets online later that day. But due to our limited resources, phones have never been a good option for getting tickets. So once again this year, the phone lines will not be open on the first day of Friends ticketing. (Please Note: phones will be open every day after that.)

We are, however, providing an option for those of you who cannot use any other means to order tickets, including online ordering. From those who submit applications for the order assistance program, we will be able to select a large group of Friends to accommodate, details will be sent out at the end of June. If you have any questions about this program, email us at