WHAT DOES "STANDBY" MEAN?
When a festival film is “on standby”, advance tickets are no longer available for purchase. However, this does not mean the film is sold out.
Milwaukee Film reserves a certain percentage of each screening’s tickets for festival passholders, who are admitted 30 minutes before the show begins. Because we are uncertain how many passholders will ultimately turn out for a screening, we often have additional ticket inventory available after passholders are seated. 15 minutes prior to the screening’s scheduled start time, any remaining empty seats are released for purchase by patrons waiting in the standby line.
Though there is no guarantee that patrons in the standby line will have the opportunity to purchase tickets, that opportunity does often arise. Sometimes just the first couple folks in line are admitted, sometimes the whole line gets in. The situation is different for each screening.
If tickets do become available for standby purchase, they are priced at an undiscounted price of $13 for all patrons (other than children 12 and under, who are always $7).