The Wisconsin Film Festival is presented by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of the Arts in collaboration with the Department of Communication Arts. The Festival presents an average of 150 film screenings over 8 days every spring. Founded in 1999, it is the largest university-produced film festival in the nation.
The Festival is known for its diverse film offerings. Categories include American independent, international cinema, and documentaries. We also screen experimental and avant-garde, and restored classics. The Wisconsin’s Own Competition features Wisconsin filmmakers, themes, or settings. Big Screens, Little Folks features specially curated full-length and short films for young people that will inspire and delight. We strive to make films screened during the Festival accessible for all audiences.
2020 Wisconsin Film Festival Dates
April 2 – 9, 2020
First Look at the Fest 2020
Tickets are now on sale for First Look at the Fest. This event is your opportunity to peruse the 2020 Wisconsin Film Festival Film Guide the night before it hits stands in the March 5 issue of Isthmus. Learn more.