Join visiting filmmakers and guests from Hollywood, New York, and abroad as they share their best movie stories, mixing it up with each other and the audience, because as everyone knows, what happens in Traverse City, stays in Traverse City. Panels are FREE to the public and are not ticketed. Entrance is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no priority seating. Panel topics and panelists are subject to change.

Meet the TCFF Moderators.

Watch past years’ Filmmaker Panels online thanks to our friends at Traverse Area Community Media (formerly named UpNorth Media Center)! TACM is your place for community media in the Traverse Area.

Though we hope that you’ll come in person if you’re in town, the panels will be available for streaming LIVE on Traverse Area Community Media’s facebook page. Also, if you’re interested in volunteering to run a video camera for the events, go here to sign up. No experience necessary.

Tuesday BONUS!

MICHIGAN FILM OFFICE ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING

Hear the latest news about the film industry in MI at this special meeting of the Michigan Film and Digital Office Advisory Council.

TUE 1 PM HOLIDAY INN, WEST BAY BEACH

Wednesday

… AND THE FUTURE OF FILM

Join special guest(s) and Michael Moore as we discuss the future of film in the age of streaming.

WED 9:30 AM OTP

Thursday

DEEP DOC SECRETS

Every year we gather some of our visiting documentary filmmakers to share their stories from out in the field!

THU 9:30 AM OTP

Friday

MOVIES AND THE 2020 ELECTION

November 2020 looms before us, and we’ll discuss the role film can play in the discourse surrounding and outcome of the 2020 election.

Updated Time:
FRI 3 PM OTP

Saturday

THE COMEDY PANEL

Join us for an afternoon with our most entertaining filmmakers and guests wisecracking about their films, careers, and the funny business of comedy. Hosted by Doug Benson.

SAT 3 PM OTP

Sunday

CINEMA SAVES THE WORLD

After a week of inspiring and infuriating films, we confront the question, “Can Cinema Save the World?”

SUN 9:30 AM OTP