All Filmmaker Services events are free and open to the public.
Filmmaker Mixer: Weekend One
FRI, SEPT. 29 | 4 PM - 6 PM | Cafe Centraal | 2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
This is the first of two chances for local visiting filmmakers to hang out together, chat, and have a drink (or two). Refreshments courtesy of Milwaukee Film.
Truthiness: Documentary Filmmaking in the Age of Alternative Facts
SAT, SEPT. 30| Noon - 1:30 PM | Milwaukee Film Festival Lounge | 2155 N. Prospect Ave. in Kenilworth Square East Gallery
Documentary filmmaking has always come with its own special set of challenges - namely finding and vetting reliable, credible stories, sources, and subjects. But in recent years, a new challenge has reared its head: truthiness. For this discussion, our panel of documentary filmmakers address the challenges they face researching and presenting their true-life projects in the age of "alternative facts."
Filmmaker Mixer: Weekend Two
FRI, OCT. 6 | 4 PM - 6 PM | Fuel Cafe | 630 S. 5th St. in Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood
Just in time for the big second weekend of our Film Festival, talk shop with fellow filmmakers (visiting and local), have some drinks, film trivia, and marvel at how frickin' cool Fuel's new location looks. Refreshments courtesy of Milwaukee Film.
SAT, OCT. 7 | 10 AM - 11:30 PM | Milwaukee Film Festival Lounge | 2155 N. Prospect Ave. in Kenilworth Square East Gallery
What does a distributor do exactly? As a filmmaker, when (and how) should you approach them? What better group to answer these questions than a bunch of actual, accomplished distributors? Join us for this informative roundtable discussion where our guests of honor help lay out the blueprint to land the perfect distributor for your next project.
Crowdfunding & People Power
SAT, OCT. 7 | NOON - 1:30 PM | Milwaukee Film Festival Lounge | 2155 N. Prospect Ave. in Kenilworth Square East Gallery
Are you looking for new ways to fund your next project? Seed&Spark believes films "require the seed of an idea and the sparkes of human and capital investments to bring them to life." For this event, Julie Keck discusses those "sparks of human and capital investments," sharing a variety of potential crowdsourcing strategies to help you people-power your next film.
Pitch Us Your Film! Contest
SUN, OCT. 8 | 2:30 PM - 4 PM | Milwaukee Film Festival Lounge | 2155 N. Prospect Ave. in Kenilworth Square East Gallery
Watch as local filmmakers pitch their fiction film ideas to industry insiders in hopes of winning $2,500 cash prize, supported by John Axford. Cheer them on, learn what makes a good pitch, and see what projects might be coming soon to Milwaukee.