Wisconsin Film Festival


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 Festival Dates

April 5 - 12, 2018 (tentative and subject to change)

Facts & Figures
5 venues
7 screens
140 films
159 screenings
29,294 total Festival attendance

Steep & Brew Audience Award Favorites
Audience Favorite Narrative Feature
My Life as a Zucchini | Claude Barras

Audience Favorite Documentary Feature
STEP | Amanda Lipitz

Audience Favorite Restoration/Rediscovery
One Potato, Two Potato | Larry Peerce

Audience Favorite Shorts Program
Portraits and Pictures from Wisconsin's Own Audience

Favorite Big Screens, Little Folks Selection
Heidi | Alain Gsponer