More Films! More Boats! More Continents! The 10th Anniversary Traverse City Film Festival Schedule Is Here!


Today we announce the names of the 200+ films that will make up this summer’s special and awesome 10th Anniversary TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL. A schedule of 230 screenings so grand, so filled with surprises, and so jammed-packed with just great movies, it took us a decade to pull it all off.

What surprises, you ask? For starters, we have not one, but TWO new venues.

And one of them isn’t on land!

Yes, our newest theater will be right in the middle of Grand Traverse Bay. That’s right — Movies on a Boat! We’ll take your ticket at the dock, you’ll board the boat, and you and the rest of the audience will head out onto the water to watch a great movie under the stars.

Then there’s The Buzz — our other new venue, named after our beloved festival friend, the late Buzz Wilson, and dedicated to bringing you the most inspiring, interesting, and intelligent movies completely FREE of charge all day, every festival day. This is also where we’ll be hosting our special look back at some of the most memorable films from the past nine years. And did I mention — it’s all for FREE!

You’ll also notice a few other exciting 10th Anniversary additions: We’re starting the festivities a week early with Movies Around the Bay (six nights of movies before the festival in theaters from Petoskey to Manistee); showing the best Open Space films from the past nine years; sending, in real time, the Traverse City Film Festival around the world (the movie that’s playing at the State will play on all seven continents at the same time); having a star-studded auction to raise money for our Walk of Fame; and much more (which we’ll be announcing in the coming weeks!)!

But the real star attraction remains the movies — and this year, in true 10th Anniversary style, we have more than we’ve ever had before (an increase of more than 55 short and feature films, and over 40 more screenings than our last record-breaking year).

And as someone who’s seen every film in this year’s unbelievable lineup, I certainly don’t envy your position. You’ve got some hard choices ahead of you, but no need to panic. While it is impossible to catch them all, you can take comfort in the fact that whatever you choose to see, you’re still looking at the single most glorious week of pure moviegoing ecstasy imaginable.

This is going to be the best festival yet, but you don’t have to take my word for it — go online now or pick up today’s Traverse City Record-Eagle and see for yourself just what makes this year an absolute can’t miss.

Ticketing starts Sunday, July 13 for Friends of the Film Festival, and public sales begin Saturday, July 19, which gives you time to make your list and figure out how you can see as many of these great movies as humanly possible.

So, whether this is your first year or whether you’ve been with us from the beginning, way back in 2005, thank you for helping us create something so special right here in Traverse City.

Stay tuned for more announcements, but for now, enjoy the orgy of movies that awaits you just by clicking here.

See you at the movies!


Michael Moore
Founder & President
Traverse City Film Festival