Mike's Letter

Dear Movie Lovers, 

We keep hearing people say this year was the best festival yet™, and we agree! Incredible movies, unforgettable conversations, spirited audiences, engaged volunteers -- it was a beautiful display of the power of community and the power of cinema. Thank you for being a part of it.

If you believe in what the festival does for the community, and for the world of cinema that extends far beyond, there's one thing you can do right now if you haven't already: become a 2019 Friend of the Film Festival or renew your Friendship.. And act fast, cause if you sign up before September 15, you'll get a special discount!

Six days. 122,000 admissions. 197 screenings. 1,500 volunteers. 8,350 popcorns, 150 filmmakers and industry guests. 1,000s of photos. 1 magical montage. These numbers are impressive, but they don't really convey what transpired here earlier this month.

We all know that to truly understand the Traverse City Film Festival, you just have to be here.

We presented our Lifetime Achievement Award to Jane Fonda and hosted a conversation that featured moments so profound, those who were there will never forget it. Dick Cavett sat down with me for an in-depth conversation. And Stanley Kubrick's right-hand man Leon Vitali helped christen our newly renamed theater The Kubrick at Central Grade. 

Then there's the films. A crop of both award-winners and new discoveries that were shown in Traverse City for the very first time.

The filmmakers who traveled to Traverse City from Spain, Hungary, England, Iceland, Scotland, and from around the U.S. were deeply moved by the festival. Here's what one filmmaker wrote to me this month: "I don't even have the words to tell you what it meant to me to show my film to an audience who was so receptive and gracious and warm and excited and moved. It was a gift beyond words." 

Please become a Friend of the Festival today. Friends memberships make free Open Space outdoor movies, Kid Fest programming, travel and lodging for visiting filmmakers, and bringing great films from all over the world possible. And they allow us to transform historic opera houses, high school and grade school auditoriums, and playhouses into the best movie venues of any festival around.

Once you're signed up as a Friend, you'll get to purchase your tickets for next year's festival one week before tickets go on sale for the general public. You'll also receive discounts on parties, as well as tickets to our exclusive Friends screening parties (which this year featured two of the favorite films of the fest, "Skid Row Marathon" and "Amateurs"). 

Thank you for enjoying the movies with us and for giving our visiting filmmakers and guests unforgettable experiences. You really are the best audiences in all the land. See you July 30 - August 4, 2019! 

All my best,

Michael Moore
President and Founder
Traverse City Film Festival