The Wisconsin Film Festival is presented by the UW–Madison Division of the Arts 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.


2019 Wisconsin Film Festival Dates

April 4-11, 2019*
*Dates are tentative and subject to change.

Wisconsin’s Own Submissions 2019

Submissions are now open for the 2019 Wisconsin’s Own category! All entries must be complete by Friday, December 28, 2018. Visit the Submit page for details.

Hot Ticket Item for WFF Fans

Wisconsin Film Festival Holiday Gift Certificates can be used to purchase tickets to 2019 Festival films when they go on sale in March 2019. Spend $75 to purchase a $100 gift certificate (25% off)! Visit the Sales page to find out more!

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

Take a look at our sponsorship deck for detailed information on 2019 Wisconsin Film Festival sponsorship benefits. For any questions regarding sponsorship for the Wisconsin Film Festival, please contact Anna January at ajanuary@wisc.edu or 608-890-1184.