Film festivals, like life, move by pretty fast. If you don't stop every once in a while to look and see which films are selling quickly/going on standby, it might pass you by.

Even virtually, films can still reach capacity! Film distributors may put restrictions on how many people can stream their film. Keep an eye on this page to plan your viewing and see which titles are selling quickly both in-person and virtually, and which titles have gone to standby in person or are no longer available virtually.

Pro tip: If you have a title you don’t want to miss virtually, your best bet is to watch it as soon as it becomes availablel. 


5/1: The Exchange. In White Anerica. Kaukauna & King 50 Years Later (3:15 p.m. - At the Times Cinema)


5/1: Cha Cha Real Smooth (6:30 p.m. - At the Oriental Theatre)

5/3: Messwood (6:30 p.m. - At the Times Cinema)

5/4: Deep Woods (7:30 p.m. - At the Times Cinema)

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 $14 for all patrons (other than children 12 and under, who are always $8).