MKE Film : Education : Filmmaker Services

Filmmaking is an inherently collaborative and constantly evolving artistic medium. To be a filmmaker it is important to develop new partnerships, share work with others, discuss issues that matter to you with your peers and seek mentors to help you take the next step. Our Events for filmmakers help you do all of those things—join us!


All Filmmaker Services events are free and open to the public, however advance tickets will be available from our box office to reserve your seat as space is limited. Unless otherwise indicated below, all panels will be held at Kenilworth Square East (1915 E. Kenilworth Pl) in room 620 on the 6th floor (KSE 620). Enter the building through the doors on the east side of the walkway between the buildings off the south side of Kenilworth Pl and take the elevator to the 6th floor.

Filmmaker Mixer
Friday, September 25 | 5 PM | Sun Room at Cafe Centraal (2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.)

Build your professional network, have fun, and maybe even find your next film crew at this event. Local and visiting filmmakers will meet and chat in a casual setting. It’s a great way to introduce yourself to the rest of the local filmmaking scene or reconnect with colleagues at the start of the festival. And enjoy free refreshments from Milwaukee Film to fuel your mingling. Click here to reserve your spot.

G-TechSeed & Spark Presents: Crowdfunding to Build Independence
Saturday, September 26 | 4 PM | KSE 620

The only proven path to independence as an artist is a direct connection to your audience! Crowdfunding is becoming a fundamental piece of most financing plans for independent film. However, many filmmakers miss the opportunity to turn their film funding campaigns into audience-building opportunities that can last an entire career. Emily Best, founder of Seed & Spark, brings her game-changing workshop to our festival, providing you with the crowdfunding action plan most likely to create a lasting, flourishing, direct relationship with your audience. Click here to reserve your spot.

G-TechSeed & Spark Presents: Distribution Workflow
Sunday, September 27 | Noon | KSE 620

You made your movie and you have big plans to distribute it! Or maybe you don't yet, but would like to have options. Distribution workflow is something most filmmakers forget they will have to manage. With experts in wide distribution, data and workflow, this panel of experienced filmmakers is here to answer the hard questions. Click here to reserve your spot.

Immersive Storytelling: Virtual Reality & the Next Wave of Filmmaking
Sunday, September 27 | 3 PM | KSE 620

The next big thing in visual media is arriving at the Milwaukee Film Festival! Virtual Reality (VR) filming and exhibition technology is becoming more accessible and practical every day and promises to open a whole new mode of storytelling for filmmakers. Join us to see live demonstrations of current VR equipment and content, hear filmmakers discuss their methods and uses for working in VR, and get your hands on exciting new gear at our Tech Gallery. Click here to reserve a spot.

 > VR Filmmaking Tech Gallery
Open Monday, September 28 & Tuesday, September 29 | 4-7 PM daily | KSE 620

After getting a taste for the techniques and possibilities of Virtual Reality filmmaking, come to our tech gallery - open to the public - to get your hands on a variety of VR rigs and workstations and ask questions of local experts. You’ll have the chance to learn about the range of VR platforms currently available, from the high-end to the budget-friendly.

Pitch Us Your Film! Contest
Saturday, October 3 | Noon | KSE 620

Watch as several local filmmakers pitch their fiction film idea to a panel of industry insider judges in hopes of winning a $1,000 cash prize. Cheer them on, learn what makes a good pitch, and see what projects might be coming out of Milwaukee soon. Click here to reserve your spot.

Ed Arentz, Music Box Films
Laurie Scheer, The Writer’s Advantage: A Toolkit for Mastering Your Genre (2014)
Heidi Zwicker, Sundance Film Festival



To do our part to strengthen the local filmmaking community, in 2015 Milwaukee launched a series of events to help keep the festival filmmaker love going year-round.

Work-In-Progress Forum

Local filmmakers and fans of local film should attend to see what’s in the works, hear our panel (including Artistic & Executive Director Jonathan Jackson) give feedback, and offer feedback themselves.
Thursday, May 21, 7-9pm
More information here.

Making It as a Film & Video Artist Retreat

Featuring guest speakers Jordana Mollick, Producer of Life Partners, Robin Berghaus, Director of STUMPED,and Beckie Stochetti, Community Engagement Manager at Chicago’s Kartemquin Films.
Saturday, March 28, all-day retreat
More information here.

Filmmaker Services Year-Round Events Launch Party

Featuring Rebecca Campbell, Executive Director of the Austin Film Society
Tuesday, November 11, 6-9pm
More information here.