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!

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Tuesday Night Movie Club

Our monthly look back at Festivals past continues with the next Tuesday Night Movie Club event on Tuesday, January 16 at 7:00 pm in the Union South Marquee (1308 W. Dayton Street). Travel back in time with us for the thriller Timecrimes (WFF 2008)!

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.