THUNDER BAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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Great Lakes, Great Films

JANUARY 23 – 27, 2019

Every year, the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary bring the world of cinema to Alpena! For five days in January, northeast Michigan is treated to some of the most impressive ocean and Great Lakes films from around the world. Film screenings are complemented by social events, educational activities, and opportunities to meet filmmakers.

For more information, please call or email Film Festival Coordinator
Stephanie Gandulla at 989-884-6212

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THANK YOU SPONSORS

STUDENT FILM COMPETITION

Student Film Competition
#ExplorationIs

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The TBIFF wants to know what exploration means to you…share your vision with us on the big screen! Open to students in grades 8th-12th. Submit a short film, 5 minutes or less. No entry fee. Selected films will be shown at the festival on Saturday, January 26 at 3pm.

Films must be submitted by January 4, 2019.

1st Prize: $300 scholarship
2nd Prize: $200 scholarship
3rd Prize: $100 scholarship
4th place: $75 MI Sea Grant bookstore gift certificate
5th place: $50 MI Sea Grant bookstore gift certificate
People’s Choice Award: $25 MI Sea Grant bookstore gift certificate and Thunder Bay International Film Festival poster from the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Scholarships can be used for a camp or class (classroom, place-based or online), or resources (i.e., books, software, tools, equipment) that help students pursue an academic or career interest.

We would like to thank: two generous anonymous donors, Michigan Sea Grant, and Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary for sponsoring this year’s prizes!

ALL-ACCESS THUNDER PASS

Are you one of the lucky THUNDER PASS holders? The THUNDER PASS is an all-access pass to every reception, panel, and screening during the festival. Go VIP and purchase a THUNDER PASS!

If you are a THUNDER PASS holder, please be in your seat no less than 10 minutes prior to the start of the program or your seat may be sold.

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Wednesday, January 23 – $6
6:00pm-9:00pm
TBIFF on the Road
Alcona High School, Harrisville
CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
WILL BE RESCHEDULED

Thursday, January 24 – $6
7:00pm-9:00pm
TBIFF on the Road
Rogers City Theatre, Rogers City

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Friday, January 25 – $30
6:00pm-9:00pm
Great Lakes Gala: Reception & Films
Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, Alpena
In the event of a government shutdown the location will move to Alpena Community College Auditorium

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Saturday, January 26
$6 PER PROGRAM
10:00am-5:00pm
Films screened all day
Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, Alpena
In the event of a government shutdown the location will move to Alpena Community College Auditorium

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Saturday, January 26 – FREE
3:00pm-5:00pm
Student Films & Filmmakers’ Panel
Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, Alpena
In the event of a government shutdown the location will move to Alpena Community College Auditorium

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Saturday, January 26 – $15
6:00pm-9:00pm
Evening Films
Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, Alpena
In the event of a government shutdown the location will move to Alpena Community College Auditorium

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Sunday, January 27
$6 PER PROGRAM
10:00am-5:00pm
Films screened all day
Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, Alpena
In the event of a government shutdown the location will move to Alpena Community College Auditorium

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