Traverse City Film Festival


Years running: 18 (since 2005)

Traverse City Film Festival

International Film Festival.


The Traverse City Film Festival is a charitable, educational, nonprofit organization committed to the idea that “One Great Movie Can Change You: Just Great Movies” and to helping save one of America’s few indigenous art forms — the cinema. The festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Northern Michigan for the annual film festival in late July to early August.

The festival also presents classic movies free of charge on a giant, inflatable outdoor screen overlooking Grand Traverse Bay in the Open Space at dusk. Free panel discussions with directors, writers, actors, and other members of the film industry are offered daily. And an affordable film school runs throughout the festival, offering twice daily classes for film students and film lovers.


The Traverse City Film Festival is by invitation only, but we’d love to see your films and suggestions. Filmmakers may submit their films unofficially and they will be passed on to the programmer. There is no submission form or fee, and also no feedback mechanism — we cannot guarantee that your film will be viewed. All filmmakers wishing to submit a film must use our submissions form.

Submission: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement



United States
Traverse City

Official Website



Traverse City Film Festival
PO Box 4064
Traverse City MI 49685

Express Deliveries:

Traverse City Film Festival
c/o State Theatre
233 E Front Street
Traverse City MI 49684

Phone: 231-392-1134
Fax: 231-929-4263

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    May 29, 2020
  • Event Dates
    28 July — 2 August 2020
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