Traverse City Film Festival Faces Lawsuit Over Unpaid Bills

A Massachusetts company, Boston Light and Sound, Inc. filed a lawsuit for nearly $160,000.

It’s the balance that court records say the Traverse City Film Festival owes for the company’s work in 2017.

Court records show the festival paid the company in July of 2017 a deposit of $100,000.

The contract amount was $256,000.

Their last payment made was $2,000 back in December.

The company has been working with the film festival for 13 years.

The complaint says they failed to pay for audio, equipment services, and labor.

9&10 News did reach out to the film festival, but they denied to comment.

“That effort of the film fest to kind of build the community around and if they have to pay such a large fee–it’s crippling that and not allowing it to flourish like it could,” said Mitch Herrema who will be attending the Traverse City Film Festival this year.

The film festival will be due in court on July 23, just one week before this year’s film festival begins.