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Traverse City Film Festival cancelled for second straight year due to COVID-19

The State Theatre
Dan Wanschura
The State Theatre

For the second straight year, the Traverse City Film Festival will not happen because of coronavirus concerns. Filmmaker and festival founder Michael Moore made the announcement via email Friday.

He cited high cases and slow vaccination rates in the state.

"Last year’s cancellation was understandable in the first months of the pandemic. But a full year later, with vaccines and masks available to everyone over 16 years old, why is the state of Michigan still being ravaged by this virus at such a record high?" Moore wrote.

Moore did say a shorter version could take place later this fall or in the early winter months of 2022.

TCFF normally attracts thousands of visitors to Traverse City each summer. Several of the city's other festivals -- like The Traverse City Cherry Festival -- are going on in some form.

But Moore said both of the historic theaters in Traverse City -- the State Theatre and Bijou by the Bay -- will open as soon as possible.

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