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.

Pro tip: If you have a title you don’t want to miss, your best bet is to buy tickets now.


Being Mary Tyler Moore - Thursday, 5/4 @ 12:30 PM - Oriental Theatre (Lubar Cinema)

Ajoomma - Thursday, 5/4 @ 6:30 PM - Oriental Theatre (Lubar Cinema)


Little Richard: I Am Everything - Thursday, 5/4 @ 1:30 PM - Avalon Theater

A Disturbance in the Force - Thursday, 5/4 @ 7 PM - Oriental Theatre (Abele Cinema)

Coyote - Thursday, 5/4 @ 7:15 PM - Avalon Theater 

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.