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.


2018 Wisconsin Film Festival Facts & Figures

5 venues
7 screens
146 films
149 screenings
169 volunteers

26,791 total Festival attendance

2018 Steep & Brew Audience Award Winners

Audience Favorite Narrative Feature
Hearts Beat Loud | Brett Haley

Audience Favorite Documentary Feature
RBG | Betsy West & Julie Cohen

Audience Favorite Restoration/Rediscovery
Blue Collar | Paul Schrader

Audience Favorite Shorts Program
A World of Wisconsin’s Own

Audience Favorite Big Screens, Little Folks Selection
Short But Not So Sweet: Revolting Rhymes and Isis + Osiris

2019 Wisconsin Film Festival Dates

April 4-11, 2019*
*Dates are tentative and subject to change.