With over 100,000 admissions each year, thousands experience the magic of Traverse City in late July each summer as the Traverse City Film Festival presents “Just Great Movies” in one of the most beautiful and unique resort areas in the United States.

Our sponsors make it possible for us to focus on the art and love of movies. We’re dedicated to finding the donation option that works best for you. We hope you will join our sponsor family.

Please ask us about custom and package sponsorships, in-kind donations, advertising opportunities, and special experiences, suitable for any budget. Thank you for supporting the festival!

Our Sponsors Receive

  • Tickets to our annual Founders Party which includes a first look at one of our best films as we kick off the festival by thanking our sponsors.
  • Priority online ticket ordering and concierge before Friends of the Film Festival and general public ticketing begin.
  • Credentials for special early entry into films and events.
  • Listing in our official program guide and online, and on signage at the sponsored venue or event, when applicable.
  • Co-sponsorships are available on sponsorships $1,000 and over.

TCFF is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization. Read more on our demographics, stats, guests, and beyond! Get an overall look at festival sponsorship in our Filmanthropy Guide.


Plus, additional benefits based on sponsorship level

Movie sponsors have their name announced and on screen before the movie they sponsor, receive tickets to the movie they sponsor, and tickets to the Founders Party. Special movie sponsorships (Opening Night, Centerpiece, Closing Night) have additional benefits. Plus, if a filmmaker or guest is present at their sponsored film, sponsors will be escorted to the green room to meet them!

Film School session sponsors have their name announced before the session they sponsor, receive four tickets to the session they sponsor, and one ticket to the Founders Party.

Party sponsors have their name announced during the party they sponsor, receive tickets to the party they sponsor, as well as the other festival parties.

Musician, Kids Fest Lawn Party and Intern sponsors receive regular movie vouchers and tickets to the Founders Party.

Plus, we have other special sponsorships available, all with varying price and benefit levels.

View the contracts and specific benefits.

Terry Carrithers
Development Director


Keeping It Local
Donations of goods and services help us share the things we love and do best here at home with festival visitors and guests. And businesses that offer special festival rates for core festival operations are valued custom sponsors.

Food & Beverages
Delicious local food and beverages ensure the success of these important festival fundraisers, making for the best possible celebrations throughout the week.

Help our visiting filmmakers enjoy their stay with donations to our filmmaker loft and green rooms. Our filmmaker loft is home to a swank bar and lounge, creating a great spot for our guests to relax. Our volunteers and sponsors also set up comfortable green rooms inside each indoor venue to provide a waiting area for visiting festival filmmakers and guests.

Gift Bags for Guests
Help us show off TC with the 100 welcome bags we prepare each year for visiting filmmakers, actors, and industry guests.

In Kind Donations

Food Donations

Libations Donations


Producer Pass
The festival is very appreciative of our supporters who can purchase these special tax-deductible passes for $2,500 each. We have only a limited number available. Passes are non-transferable. Producer Pass holders will receive a special photo credential for entry into movies, parties, and events.

Producer Passes are your ticket to every public screening, party, and event at the festival. A Producer Pass allows you to receive a Sponsor Line card at all indoor venues and to stand in the Sponsor Line, to enter the theater before the general public!

Terry Carrithers
Development Director


Official Schedule Release Guide
Advertising in our late June schedule release announcement guide allows us to spread exciting news about the festival to more than 80,000 people across the region at no additional expense to the TCFF. This highly-anticipated first look at the festival makes it easy for filmgoers to plan the movies and events they want to attend.
2018 Ad Sales Sheet

Official Program Guide
Advertising in the glossy official souvenir program guide allows us to provide over 25,000 festival attendees with a keepsake that visitors rely on and reference at the festival and as a film guide throughout the year at home.
2018 Ad Sales Sheet


We are happiest when we can tailor your experience to meet your needs. And we are always thrilled to accept major gifts on behalf of our educational and cultural mission.

Susan Fisher
Managing Director