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.


2018 Wisconsin Film Festival:

April 5 – 12, 2018

Explore the website at 2018.wifilmfest.org.

Opening Day of Ticket Sales:

March 10, 2018 at 11:00 am

Call for Volunteers

We are currently seeking volunteers for the 2018 Wisconsin Film Festival! Visit the Volunteers page to find out how to register.

First Look at the Fest Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets are now on sale for our fourth annual First Look at the Fest, a fundraiser benefiting the Real Butter Fund, on Wednesday, March 7 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm at AMC Madison 6! This event is your opportunity to peruse the 2018 Film Guide the night before it hits stands in the March 8 issue of Isthmus. Purchase now at: go.wisc.edu/firstlookwff.

Announcing 2018 Golden Badger Winners

The Golden Badger Award honors three films from our 2018 Wisconsin’s Own selections. This year’s winners include:

FUTURE LANGUAGE: The Dimensions of VON LMO | Lori Felker
Great Light | Tony Oswald
The Blood Is At The Doorstep | Erik Ljung

Our Golden Badger Awards presentation will take place during the Opening Night Celebration on Thursday, April 5 at Shannon Hall, Memorial Union, prior to our Opening Night film screening.

Tuesday Night Movie Club

Our free monthly series Tuesday Night Movie Club wraps up on Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm in the Union South Marquee (1308 W. Dayton Street) with Happy Christmas (WFF 2014), with Joe Swanberg live-in-person for a post-screening Q&A!

All Tuesday Night Movie Club screenings are free of charge, and are co-presented by the UW–Madison Arts Institute, the UW–Madison Department of Communication Arts, and WUD Film, with support from the UW–Madison Brittingham Trust.