This Sunday is when our Friends of the Film Festival get first crack at tickets to this year’s Traverse City Film Festival. It’s an incredible lineup of films and filmmakers from the world over.

If you’re not a friend already and you want the best shot at locking in your perfect movie schedule, there’s still time to become a Friend and get your tickets one week before they go on sale to the general public on Saturday, July 21. You’ll also get other great perks like exclusive movie screenings and discounts to festival parties.

Become a Friend of the Festival today.

As a Friend of the Film Festival, you can buy your tickets this Sunday morning, July 15th (line forms early at the State Theatre!). Tickets go on sale at 10 am at the Main Box Office (returning this year to 121 E Front Street in the Ecco Event Space) and you are welcome to wait your turn in the climate-controlled comfort of the State Theatre.

Or simply go online at beginning Sunday at 6 pm. We make it so smooth and easy, the only hard part is choosing from our 250+ screenings and events.

And we have a few new programming updates before tickets go on sale. First, our screenings of the new documentary “The Cold Blue” will now also feature the the world premiere of a sparkling, just-completed 4K restoration of William Wyler’s original 1944 war doc “The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress” with Wyler’s daughter Catherine in person. This will be a look into WWII history like you’ve never seen before.

Secondly, we’ve added an entirely new film, “Luba,” for one special screening.

Here are some of the other fine films we’re bringing this year: