Traverse City Film Festival
Traverse City, Michigan (Pop. 14,674)
July 31 – August 5, 2012
Nestled at the tip of the mitten on the gorgeous Traverse City Bay, the quaint cherry-picking and vineyard landscape is reason enough to visit the Traverse City Film Festival. While only eight years old, the festival has made a big name for itself. Michael Moore founded it on a mission “to save one of America’s few indigenous art forms.” In 2011, Traverse ran 156 screenings of docs to a total audience of 128,000. The festival also presents classic movies free of charge on a giant, inflatable outdoor screen overlooking the bay at dusk.
When to submit: By invitation only
More info: traversecityfilmfest.org