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2010 TCFF Press Kit

2010 TCFF Press Kit

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Welcome, Media!
We are thrilled to have you here for the sixth annual Traverse City Film Festival! With an astounding96,000-plus admissions in 2009, and even higher numbers projected for this year, the Traverse City FilmFestival has in a short time become one of the most talked about events on the festival circuit. Based on
the concept of presenting ―Just Great Movies,‖ the Traverse City Film Festival is committed to presenting
a diverse selection of the highest quality new, independent and foreign films and documentaries
available. For that reason alone, our ―small‖ festival is already well on its way to becoming one of the
premiere film events in the nation.And new to the festival this year, the University of Michigan has teamed up with TCFF to teach filmmakingand prepare students for jobs in the film industry. U of M faculty members will serve as moderators,panelists and jurors in the first step toward a broader participation in the festival.
The week before the festival, we will announce the line up for one of the most popular festivalofferings: the free daily film industry panels at the City Opera House. This is where our visiting filmmakerstell stories and offer opinions, mixing it up with each other and the audience. These sessions range fromthe hilarious to the moving. They begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday-
Sunday, so that you won‘t miss lunch or 
your first movie at noon.
The film school returns for its second year with double the number of classes. Hostedby visiting filmmakers and focusing on the art of filmmaking, session will be held Wednesday throughSaturday, July 28 to July 31, at noon and 3:00
p.m. at Northern Michigan College‘s Scholar‘s Hall.
Theschedule for classes will be available the week before the festival.
Nine afternoon festival screenings will be a part of the new Film Forum series. FilmForum brings festival goers together to chat at the free after-movie community discussions in the outdoorFilm Lounge located in Lay Park on Union Street. The film lounge will also feature live music from 12 p.m.to 7 p.m.In all, festivalgoers will be able to choose from 80 features and 40 short films representing more than 25countries. More than 70 film industry guests from around the world will present these films in person andtake questions from the audience: audiences will get perspectives from places as diverse as Cuba,Ireland, Australia and Germany.
This year‘s highlights include a tribute to The Beatles in honor of the 40
 anniversary of their breakup, a salute to Cuban film, 3D coming to TC and two U.S. premieres from past
favorites Sabina Guzzanti (―Draquila –
Italy Trembles
‖) and Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda (―CzechDream‖
). The festival will honor Tom Bernard and Michael Barker, co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classic,for their 30 years of work as leaders of the independent movie industry with lifetime achievement awards.Press credentials offer you an exclusive inside view of the Traverse City Film Festival. If you have anyquestions or need more information
during the festival, please don‘t hesitate to contact us. Our friendly
volunteers are also stationed at every venue and can provide you with immediate assistance.Enjoy the festival!
Media Guidelines & Information
Your press credentials will provide you with access to free morning discussion panels, film introductions, Q&Asessions following film screenings, and all festival parties. Beyond that, if you wish to attend any films forreview or other purposes, or wish to attend any of the Traverse City Film School classes being held daily, youwill need tickets. Your press credentials are not all access passes to films or the film school. Please submitrequests for any tickets asap to press@traversecityfilmfest.org or contact a member of the PR team.
Credentials are available for pick-up on Tuesday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the City Opera House.After that time, please arrange to pick up credentials by emailing or calling a member of the PR team.
Members of the media wishing to schedule interviews with specific festival guests and visiting filmmakersshould submit those requests to the public relations staff in person, by phone or via email. Please submit anInterview Request form. A hard copy will be included in your physical press kit and can also be found on thewebsite (traversecityfilmfest.org) under the Press tab. Availability is entirely up to the filmmakers themselvesand will be limited by time constraints. A good time to get quotes or video and possibly catch filmmakers forshort impromptu interviews is often following the morning panels, when time allows.
Due to capacity limitations, credentials do not grant access to films themselves. However, we can oftenaccommodate requests for movie tickets. Please submit all requests for movie tickets to as early as possible topress@traversecityfilmfest.org
Members of the press are permitted to attend sessions of the Traverse City Film Festival Film school, heldWednesday through Saturday at 12 and 3 p.m., but must obtain tickets for any sessions they wish to attend.Filming may be permitted with the approval of the instructors, and in that event, with accompaniment by amember of the PR team.
Still photography is permitted at TCFF venues before and after screenings, but never while films are beingshown. No video cameras or recorders are allowed inside any venues except for during pre-arranged andTCFF PR team approved guest interviews. Otherwise, members of the media wishing to film inside any venueincluding morning panels must make arrangements with and be accompanied by a member of the publicrelations team. The festival will produce photos and video clips of various festival events that are availabledaily to the media at no cost. For photos, visit the web site, www.traversecityfilmfest.org. For video clips, pleasecontact Videography Manager Susan McQuaid at 231-633-0023 or via email at susan@unitedwaynwmi.org.
granting credentials, the Traverse City Film Festival understands that those applying have accuratelyrepresented themselves and their organizations. Submitting false information to obtain credentials will begrounds for having credentials revoked.
Submit requests for movie and film school tickets as early as possible to: press@traversecityfilmfest.org To arrange for credentials pick up outside of scheduled hours, or to submit requests for interviews, contact:Melissa Grant, PR Manager, 213-220-5500, melissagrant05@yahoo.comKaty Gwizdala, PR Assistant, 231-883-1185, katy.gwizdala@gmail.com
Interview Request Form
Please return this form to a member of the PR Team.Talent Requested: _________ ________ Outlet: _______ Journalist: _____________ ________ Phone: Back-up Phone:Email: ___________________________________________ Type of interview: ________ Preferred dates and times: ________ Amount of time required: ____________ Deadline for piece: ____________ Special needs (photo, art, etc.):Scheduled print/air date:Additional Comments:
To submit requests for interviews, contact:Melissa Grant, PR Manager, 213-220-5500, melissagrant05@yahoo.comKaty Gwizdala, PR Assistant, 231-883-1185, katy.gwizdala@gmail.comTCFF Office: press@traversecityfilmfest.org

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