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.


Screens for Teens

Screens for Teens brings the Wisconsin Film Festival experience to high schools across the state with carefully curated films, Q&A sessions with the filmmakers who made them, and conversations facilitated by UW–Madison experts. Bringing artists and their art into schools, Screens for Teens builds bridges and breaks down barriers, exemplifying the Wisconsin Idea.

For more information, contact Terry Kerr at outreach@wifilmfest.org.

2018 Festival Dates

April 5 - 12, 2018

2018 Wisconsin's Own Submissions Dates

Call for submissions opens Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Wisconsin's Own deadline (films of any length from filmmakers with a Wisconsin connection): Friday, December 1, 2017

Wisconsin's Own Student deadline (films of any length from student filmmakers with a Wisconsin connection): Friday, December 29, 2017