TCFF is Back – and We Want Your Bumpers!

Summer’s here, which means we’re gearing up for another year of Just Great Movies at the 13th annual Traverse City Film Festival, taking place July 25-30th.

And there’s no better way to kick-off the season and start your countdown to the TCFF than strutting your filmmaking stuff and entering our Bumper Contest. You can even win CASH prizes!

The festival and our 13-year sponsor FIM Group invite you to submit to our eighth-annual contest, with prizes including a Grand Prize of $1,000.

Bumpers are 20 to 60 second short films designed to play before festival feature films.

Be creative. Be funny. Be original. Have fun, and entertain us! Talk about the TCFF experience and tell us a story. Get inventive, but just make sure it’s appropriate for pre-TCFF movie screenings. Movies about movies are great, parodies have been very successful, and animation is always welcome. Don’t forget that your Bumper will be shown on the big screen, so production values are important, too.

The festival is looking for creative pieces that capture the spirit of both the festival and Traverse City — its beauty and movie savvy. Let your imagination run wild.

Entries are due by July 6, 2017. For more information and the fine print, please visit our Bumper Contest page.

Want to submit? Here’s how:

  • Email
  • Bring submission to the festival office at 233 E. Front St.
  • Mail submission to TCFF Bumpers, PO Box 4064, Traverse City MI 49685.

Need a better idea of what Bumpers are all about? Check out our 2016, 2015, and 2014 winning trailers.