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8th annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival returns Jan. 22-26

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The eighth annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival returns to Alpena this week.

Officials from the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary say the festival is filled with approximately 67 of the most impressive ocean and Great Lakes films from around the world, ranging in length from 2 minutes to 99 minutes. The vast majority of them are under an hour and many of them are under a half-hour.

There will be films about Great Lakes issues, shark conservation, deep sea exploration, lighthouse history, surfing, and more. Film screenings will be complemented by social events, educational activities and opportunities to meet filmmakers.

The film festival kicks off with a satellite event Wednesday, at the Rogers City Theater in Rogers City. A second satellite event will be held Thursday at the Alcona County Library in Harrisville. The festival gets into full swing Friday through Sunday at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena. A kickoff event and reception starts at 6 p.m. Friday.

Ticket prices range from $6 to $30. There’s also a $100 all-access pass to all events. Advance tickets can be purchased on the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary website. A complete schedule of events can also be viewed on that website.

The festival is an annual fundraiser for Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.