Thunder Bay International Film Festival

Mayor Declares Next Week "Film Festival Week"

Stephanie Gandulla, Thunder Bay International Film Festival coordinator, speaks on WBKB. Mayor Matt Waligora has declared next week Thunder Bay International Film Festival Week.

With SFIOFF's partner, the Thunder Bay International Film Festival, set to kick off January 27 in Alpena, Michigan, the local mayor today proclaimed a special week in honor of the festival.  

Alpena Mayor Matt Waligora designated next week as Thunder Bay International Film Festival Week—just one indication of the impressive support from the local community for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary as well as independent film about the Great Lakes and the ocean. 

The 2016 Thunder Bay International Film Festival is January 27 - 31 in Alpena, MI.

The 2016 Thunder Bay International Film Festival is January 27 - 31 in Alpena, MI.

Located in northern Michigan along Lake Huron, Alpena rides itself on its unique access to water, woods, and wildlife. Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is one of 14 marine protected areas of the United States, and is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The annual film festival in Alpena is presented by the Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in partnership with the SFIOFF, and showcases films from around the world focused on the Great Lakes and the ocean—how closely connected they are, and how critical to life around the world.

Thunder Bay joined forces with the SFIOFF in September 2012 with a special screening of films from the 9th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival.