Traverse City Film Festival sponsorships positively impact arts and culture, and they are a powerful marketing tool, too. We invite you to join our event and our diverse, passionate, cultured community of film lovers.

TCFF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and our sponsors make it possible for us to keep the festival and theaters grassroots, focused on the art and love of movies. We’re committed to finding the donation option that works best for you. Ask us about custom and package sponsorships, in kind donations, advertising opportunities, and special experiences, suitable for any budget. We hope you will join our sponsor family!

The festival is:
  • An annual destination for film lovers from all over the world.

  • A carefully programmed showcase of great movies curated by Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore with something for everyone.

  • A place to meet thousands of film lovers at screenings, in line, at parties, in restaurants, and around town.

  • An intimate and magical experience forged by the transformative power of cinema in one of the world’s most beautiful waterfront cities.

  • Running year-round at our world-class nonprofit art house movie theaters, the State and Bijou, dedicated to enriching the community through the art of cinema.


All 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 the Sunday before the festival (July 24).
  • Priority online ticket ordering and concierge before our membership and general public ticketing begin.
  • Credentials for special early entry into films and events.
  • Listings in our official program guide and online, and on signage at the sponsored venues or events, when applicable.

Additional Benefits Based on Sponsorship Level

  • Community sponsors ($500-$1,000) have their name announced before the sessions they sponsor, receive two regular movie vouchers, and one ticket to the Founders Party.
  • Movie sponsors ($1,500-$3,000) have their name announced and on screen before every movie at that venue, 4 ticket vouchers and 2 tickets to the Founders Party.
  • Party sponsors ($5,000) have their name announced and on signage during the party they sponsor and receive tickets to that party
  • Venue sponsors ($10,000-$20,000) have their name on signage outside their sponsored venue, are recognized on screen in front of every movie at that venue, and receive one Producer Pass, 2 additional credentials for the sponsor line, and 4 tickets to the Founders Party
  • Leadership sponsors ($20,000+) have their name on venue signage and on screen before every film, and also receive a custom benefits package

You can find more detailed information in our 2022 Sponsorship Contract. If you’re interested in sponsoring the festival, please contact:

Terry Carrithers
TCFF Development Director

About the 2020 Sponsors:

All the 2020 sponsors will be recognized and receive benefits at this year’s festival. Many of you have already promised to offer a new sponsorship for 2022 as well. THANK YOU! Your generosity is essential as we continue adapting to the pandemic and relaunch TCFF. lf you have any questions, please contact our Development Director Terry Carrithers at terry@tcff.org


The festival is very appreciative of our supporters who can purchase these special passes for $2,500 each (mostly tax-deductible!). We have only a limited number available. Passes are non-transferable.

A Producer Pass is your ticket to every public screening, party, and event at the festival! A Producer Pass also allows provides access to the Sponsor Line at all indoor venues for priority entry, and you are guaranteed a seat at every screening up until 10min before showtime. **New this year** Producer Pass holders will also be invited to a special private brunch with Michael Moore and the film artists at the fest.

For more information, or if you would like to reserve your pass, please contact Terry Carrithers.

Terry Carrithers
TCFF Development Director


We cannot do this without you. Donations of goods and services help us share the things we love best here at home with festival visitors and guests. And businesses that offer special festival rates for core festival operations are valued custom sponsors!

More information coming soon! In the meantime, please reach out to info@tcff.org