Traverse City Film Festival Releases 2018 Program Marking a SUPREME 14th Anniversary Year
TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. (June 29, 2018) — Michael Moore, Oscar®-winning filmmaker and Traverse City Film Festival founder and president, released today the schedule for the festival’s 14th annual edition, running July 31 to August 5 along the beautiful shores of Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, Michigan.
We’re living in an era of uncertainty, and there’s no better time to for us to turn to art-to movies-to find much-needed inspiration, ideas, joy, hope, and a way forward; and there’s no better place than right here in Traverse City.
Our exciting lineup features some of best movies from all across the globe. As you peruse the list, please take note of a few things that might be a little different this year:
  • The behemoth is back! Our largest venue has returned, and with a brand new name: The Kubrick at Central Grade School boasts 750 seats. And though we thought it might be temporary, Central High School was such a hit last year that we decided to keep it.
  • The TCFF Shuttle system is now part of the BATA Bayline. They’re adding stops for us during festival week so you’ll have easy transport to and from all venues, as well as direct pickup from select hotels along the bay.
  • We’re launching a program we’re very excited about called TCFF Student U, offering high school and college students a chance to receive free movie vouchers to be used throughout the festival.
  • Food on Film is back, but this year we’ve got food, wine, and beer. It’s a complete epicurean experience.
  • Movies Around the Bay continues to offer an opportunity for our Northern Michigan neighbors to see sneak-peeks of select films from this year’s fest. We’ll be traveling to Harbor Springs, Manistee, Frankfurt, Elk Rapids, and Suttons Bay from July 22 – 26.
  • Our most popular offerings return better than ever — Kids Fest (back in beautiful Clinch Park), movies for #Tweens, and some midnight frights and delights.
  • Great guests! In addition to our previously announced Lifetime Achievement Honoree, Jane Fonda, Michael will be sitting down with Dick Cavett; renowned movie critic film critic, programmer, and lover, Kent Jones, brings us his his award-winning feature narrative debut; prolific podcaster and comedian Doug Benson returns, and, as always, we’ll be bringing you directors and stars from dozens of our top selections.
  • The 103 feature films and the filmmakers we’re announcing today are just a start. More announcements to follow!
You can view the entire schedule of movies and events online, or you can download a PDF. Pick up a printed guide at the State Theatre, Bijou by the Bay, and other locations all around town, or in copies of the Record-Eagle on July 6.
Tickets go on sale to our Friends of the Film Festival on July 15 and to the general public on July 21.
Thank you, everyone, for your support. We look forward to seeing you all at the movies!


The Traverse City Film Festival was founded in 2005 by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Michael Moore. He and fellow native Michiganders — producer Rod Birleson, Emmy Award-winning actor Jeff Daniels, Emmy Award-winning actress Christine Lahti and entertainment executive Penny Milliken — serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. Other board members include Oscar-winning director Terry George, Emmy-winning director Larry Charles, Oscar® and Emmy®-nominated producer/director Tia Lessin, Grammy® Award-winning musician Tom Morello, and acclaimed filmmaker Mark Cousins.

The Traverse City Film Festival is a charitable, educational, non-profit organization committed to celebrating the art and power of cinema. We believe “One Great Movie Can Change You.” The festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Northern Michigan for the annual summer event, now one of the largest in the country. The festival has helped to create a thriving and vibrant downtown Traverse City, with an estimated annual economic impact of $15 million.

The organization led the preservation and restoration of the historic State Theatre in downtown Traverse City which it continues to own and operate as a year-round, community-based, volunteer-staffed art house theater. The theater has been named #1 by the MPAA on its list of the 10 best movie theaters in the world. The festival later expanded to renovate a WPA building from the FDR era and turn it into a sister screen for the State Theatre – the Bijou by the Bay. Both venues combine world-class state-of-the-art presentation with classic hometown movie palace experiences and offer weekly 25¢ classic and kids matinees, free admission to active duty service members and their immediate families, and more than 350 free and low-cost community events each year.

This year’s festival is being run by acting festival directors Susan Fisher and Meg Weichman. They have worked on the festival for nearly a decade and have been at the helm since December.

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Meg Weichman
Traverse City Film Festival