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 –
‖) 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!