This year, there is something for everyone at the 2023 Cultures & Communities Festival! Using the power of storytelling to embrace cultural inclusivity, spark dialogue, and inspire attendees to celebrate their heritage and authentic selves, the fifth annual #CCFMKE will feature groundbreaking films, large-scale exhibitions, national and local performing artists, distinguished speakers, brands, and so much more.

If you have a question, please take a look at the FAQ below to see if you can find your answer. If you are still having trouble, feel free to email - we will respond as soon as we can between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT. throughout the duration of the Fest.

2230 North Farwell Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53202
Parking: Prospect Medical Commons Garage 2311 N. Prospect Ave.
Enter on Prospect Ave., north of Whole Foods

$12.00 - General Admission
$10.00 - Senior (60 & over)
$10.00 - Student/Educator (ID required)
$9.00 - MKE Film Member
$6.00 - Child (12 & under)

There are no virtual film offerings for CCF this year. We look forward to sharing space with you at the cinema!

The Oriental Theatre’s lobby, restrooms, and concession stand are all wheelchair-accessible, and all three auditoriums have reserved seating for guests who use wheelchairs.

Assistive Technologies
Assistive technologies can be checked out and returned at the main concession stand. Please note that film distributors determine closed-captioning and descriptive-narration availability, so films we screen might not work with our array of devices. For those that do, we have these options to offer: All three of our auditoriums are equipped with hearing loop technology, enabling any patrons with T-coil hearing aids or our in-house receivers to receive and amplify the features audio, allowing it to be heard more clearly.

Our auditoriums also feature CaptiView, a personal closed-captioning device for hard-of-hearing guests. Closed captions are wirelessly transmitted to a small, easy-to-read screen attached to an auditorium seat so you can view closed captions privately during the feature.

Finally, we also offer Fidelio, a wireless audio receiver that delivers descriptive narration to guests with visual and/or hearing impairments. Each Fidelio receiver has a plug-in headset, but guests may use their own headsets or headphones if desired.  



Guided by principles of cultural inclusivity, The 2023 Cultures & Communities Festival, held in Milwaukee from October 5th - 12th, is an eight-day convergence of groundbreaking films, distinguished speakers, and public forums designed to amplify diverse cultural expressions and celebrate community – convening multicultural, intergenerational audiences across southeastern Wisconsin through engaging events, films, and compelling public conversations.


October 5-12, 2023

When should I buy tickets?

There’s no time like the present! Screenings and events are liable to fill up and sell out at a moment’s notice, so get your tickets today! 

When should I arrive for a screening?

We highly recommend you arrive at least 30 minutes before showtime to guarantee a seat. To ensure a seat for a screening, ticket holders must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled showtime. Ticket holders arriving at least 15 minutes before scheduled showtime cannot be guaranteed a seat. They will be seated as capacity allows and at the discretion of Festival staff. No refunds or exchanges are available to ticket holders who are refused entry after this time.

How will I know if a movie showtime is sold out?

Check the film's detail page. If a given showtime is sold out and tickets can no longer be purchased, the showtime listing online will indicate “sold out, " and you will not have the ability to add tickets to your cart. You can also call the box office at 414-276-5140.

Where should I park? How can I get to the theatre?

The Oriental Theatre is located at 2230 North Farwell Avenue in a bustling area of the East Side with metered street parking and a limited number of off-street lots. We recommend arriving early enough to find a parking spot or utilizing public transportation, such as the MCTS bus system or The Hop. Learn more about the nearby parking lots and structures at

Can I purchase same-day tickets?

Absolutely! Same-day tickets are available at the Oriental Theatre and online at until each film's showtime sells out.

How can I get a Member discount?

Milwaukee Film Members pay less for tickets, concessions, merch, and more during the Festival. Sign up at and use those discounts immediately! 



To guarantee a seat for a film, ticket and pass holders must arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled showtime. Film programs, special guests, events, venues, dates, and times are subject to change without notice. Unless noted, films are not rated; viewer discretion is advised. Patrons grant Milwaukee Film and its partners permission to use their images or likenesses in any reproduction of events. Patrons voluntarily assume all risks and dangers incidental to Festival events, whether before, during, or after the event or any other event connected to the Festival. Patrons voluntarily agree that Milwaukee Film and its facilities, sponsors, directors, officers, employees, supervisors, volunteers, and respective agents are expressly released from any injuries or claims arising from any Festival event. By entering any Milwaukee Film-operated event or venue, all parties agree to adhere to our Code of Conduct: