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Tickets Now On Sale For Thunder Bay International Film Festival

The team at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center is already counting down the days until this year’s film festival. With just over a month to go until the five day event, they are excited to bring films about our world’s oceans and the Great Lakes to Alpena. Resource Protection Coordinator, Stephanie Gandulla said, “We’re super excited to be launching the 12th Annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival. In fact, ticket sales are live now, so if you’re looking for a last minute holiday gift, the Thunder Pass, which is the all access pass is a great stocking stuffer and it gives you five days of oceans and Great Lakes films.”

Visitors have the opportunity to see groundbreaking films on subjects beyond what is typically seen at the heritage center, “the ocean and Great Lakes film festival that we put on every year is a great opportunity to really learn about the issues and the cultures all around our blue planet,” said Gandulla.

Each year there are a completely new set of films to see, ranging from short to full. The event draws productions from student filmmakers to international professionals. “A big part of the film festival that’s lots of fun is the visiting filmmakers,” said Gandulla. “A Canadian filmmaker will be attending the film festival and bringing his film, “When Hope Breaks Through,” It’s all about a gentlemen that stand up paddle boards across all five Great Lakes to raise awareness about mental health.”

The festival begins in Alpena on January 24th but will also be shown in Rogers City and Harrisville. For more information and to purchase tickets visit