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11th annual Traverse City Film Festival expected to bring in record numbers

The 11th annual Traverse City Film Festival kicked off Tuesday night, starting with the opening party that closed down Front Street.

Hundreds of thousands of people will be flooding into Traverse City within the next week to load up on hundreds of movies.

The 11th annual Traverse City Film Festival kicked off Tuesday night, starting with the opening party that closed down Front Street.

â??There's bands and music and food and drinks,â?? said TCFF Creative Director Meg Weichman. â??It's just a great time.â??

Thatâ??s how they kick off what organizers call one of the top film festivals in the world.

â??I've been going to the film festival since the first year it started and I love it,â?? said Laurie Miholer. â??It's the thing I look forward to most in the summer time. I usually go to between 15 and 20 movies.â??

240 films will play over five days, but there are also panels, meet and greets, music and more parties.

â??Traverse City comes out and we get the visitors coming in at the same time and every food and libation vendor wants to show off their wares to the world,â?? said TCFF co-founder John Robert Williams. â??They do it right here and itâ??s such a hoot.â??

Last year more than 130 thousand tickets were sold, and they're expecting to exceed that this year.

â??We get bigger and bigger every year and more films and more people so we are very excited,â?? said Weichman.

The festival is also celebrating the kickoff of the State Theatreâ??s centennial year.



â??Weâ??ll be doing a big event here tomorrow where weâ??re recreating the experience of going to the movies at the State Theatre 100 years ago in honor of the upcoming centennial,â?? said Weichman.

And as the festival becomes more established, the organizers say it continues to get more exciting as well.

â??It's always new, it's always great, it's always cool and exciting,â?? said Williams. â??The town is buzzing, what's not to love about it.â??

Tickets for the Traverse City Film Festival can be purchased online or at their box office on the corner of Cass and Front Street.

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