Wisconsin Film Festival


The Wisconsin Film Festival is presented by the UW-Madison Arts Institute in association with the Department of Communication Arts. Founded in 1999, the Festival presents an average of 150 film screenings over 8 days every spring, making it the largest university-produced film festival in the nation.

The Festival is known for its diverse film offerings: American independent, international cinema, documentaries, experimental and avant-garde, resorted classics, the Wisconsin’s Own Competition (selections featuring Wisconsin filmmakers, themes, or settings) and Children’s Cinema: Big Screens, Little Folks. We strive to make films screened during the Festival accessible for all audiences.


The Wisconsin Film Festival is now a member of the Film Festival Alliance, a professional organization that advocates for the needs and interests of Film Festivals and their organizers. The Film Festival Alliance provides a collaborative platform for members to develop and share operational and curatorial efficiencies, set professional standards and establish best practices.