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, restored 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.



April 5 – 12, 2018


We are now accepting submissions for the Wisconsin’s Own and Wisconsin’s Own Student categories! All Wisconsin’s Own submissions must be complete by end of business day on Friday, December 29, 2017. Visit the Submit page for details!

Tuesday Night Movie Club

In celebration of the upcoming 20th Annual Wisconsin Film Festival (WFF), we’re thrilled to announce a free monthly series featuring select films drawn from the last 19 amazing years! The Tuesday Night Movie Club, kicks off on Tuesday, October 3 at 7pm at the Union South Marquee with a free screening of Best of the British Arrows, a compilation of 2016 winners of the British Arrows awards puts the spotlight on the latest and best commercials from the world of British advertising.  All Tuesday Night Movie Club screenings are free of charge, and many will include special guests and other fun bonuses, such as trailers and shorts from past Festivals. Stay tuned for more details on additional Tuesday Night Movie Club events.