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.


2020 Wisconsin Film Festival Dates

April 2 – 9, 2020*

2019 Steep & Brew Audience Awards

Audience Favorite Narrative Feature
Yomeddine | Abu Bakr Shawky

Audience Favorite Documentary Feature (tie)
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am | Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Knock Down the House | Rachel Lears

Audience Favorite Restoration/Rediscovery
Creature from the Black Lagoon | Jack Arnold

Audience Favorite Shorts Program
Stories We Tell: Wisconsin’s Own Shorts

Audience Favorite Big Screens, Little Folks Selection
Short and Sweet