2017 Milwaukee Film Festival

Sept. 28 - Oct. 12


program categories

mke film : festival

The 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival will contain over 300 films in its 15-day run. Our programming philosophy for the Milwaukee Film Festival: Present the best 15 days of cinema on the planet!

Presented by Donald and Donna Baumgartner
Sponsored by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee & OnMilwaukee

If you can only make one screening, we are sorry for you and strongly suggest choosing one from this list. These crowd-pleasing presentations are perfect for first-time festival-goers and seasoned screen junkies alike.

Click here to view this year's Spotlight Presentations films.

Sponsored by The Ideas Network 90.7

Sometimes it takes a great work of fiction to get the truest of truths. The new voices featured in this showcase of modern American independent cinema figured that out long ago. They've created incredible narrative works unique to their corner of the United States–works in which the "where" is just as important as the "who" and "what."

Click here to view this year's American Independents films.

Sponsored by Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Repertory Theater & Tap Milwaukee

Go into the studio, around the work, and deep into the visionary mind with these films featuring iconic artists, artistic mediums, and everyday creative explorations.

Click here to view this year's Art & Artists films.

Presented by the Johnson Controls Foundation
Sponsored by WJMR Jammin' 98.3 FM

African-American filmmakers explore stories and topics rooted in the black community and relevant to all. This program features fiction and documentary films from both emerging and established voices.

Click here to view this year's Black Lens films.

Sponsored by Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM) & Telemundo Wisconsin

Cine Sin Fronteras aims to showcase the untold stories of the rich and vibrant Latinx diaspora around the world, including Latinx, Chicanx, Latin American, indigenous, and Afro-Latinx communities.

Click here to view this year's Cine Sin Fronteras films.

Sponsored by Milwaukee Record

For the grown-ups who never grew up, the weirdos who never needed normal, and the unicorns who just want to have fun. Welcome to Cinema Hooligante.

Click here to view this year's Cinema Hooligante films.

Presented by The Heil Family Foundation
Sponsored by Beans & Barley

These eight provocative and sometimes difficult films include documentaries, fiction films, and some projects that defy categorization altogether. The emerging visionary filmmakers in this program are all in the running for the $10,000 Herzfeld Competition Award from our esteemed jury.

Click here to view this year's Competition films.

Presented by John Axford & The Fischers
Sponsored by Urban Milwaukee, UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres & WUWM  89.7 FM - Milwaukee Public Radio

Cream City Cinema is supported in part by a grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Show some hometown pride and local support at our annual showcase of the best new work from Milwaukee-area filmmakers. Juries will award $12,500 in cash to three local filmmakers!

Click here to view this year's Cream City Cinema films.

Presented by Christine Symchych and Jim McNulty
Sponsored by Shepherd Express

These stories seem too strange, sad, funny, and incredible to be true. But they are. Now you can witness them on the big screen through the best documentaries from the current festival circuit.

Click here to view this year's Documentary Festival Favorites films.

Sponsored by BelAir Cantina & Journal Sentinel Food & Wine Experience

It’s been said we eat with our eyes as well as our mouths. Prepare to have your appetite stimulated. These lush fiction and documentary films explore and celebrate the culture of gastronomy.

Click here to view this year's Film Feast films.

Presented by Kelben Foundation, Inc.
Sponsored by Metroparent

Kids (and kids at heart) will be charmed and delighted with programming chosen with them in mind. Our family-friendly program offers a selection of award-winning features and shorts from around the world for ages 3-12 years.

Click here to view this year's Rated K: For Kids films.

Sponsored by Tap Milwaukee

You’ll be amazed by what happens when filmmakers present all the emotion and visual delight of a feature film in a fraction of the time. We took our favorite short films from around the world and put them into neat little packages for your viewing pleasure.

Click here to view this year's Shorter Is Better films.

Sponsored by Koss Stereophones & WMSE 91.7FM

Musician Tom Waits said it best: “I always thought songs are movies for the ears and films are like songs for the eyes.” The Sound Vision series showcases highly entertaining films about musical personalities, movements, history and performances.

Click here to view this year's Sound Vision films.

Sponsored by OnMilwaukee

A great sports movie puts you in the moment of an amazing achievement, tells the story of the athlete making the achievement, or gives you a perspective on sports that you previously never realized existed. This collection of documentary films triumphs at showcasing the sporting life.

Click here to view this year's Sportsball! films.

Presented by Marianne and Sheldon Lubar
Sponsored by Lowlands Group

Strong characters and compelling narratives dominate this category. Showcasing favorites from the global festival circuit, these films let you travel the world without leaving the cinema.

Click here to view this year's Worldviews films.

Presented by Stamm Technologies

Storytelling and technology collide in this gallery of virtual reality films, exposing audiences to unique and immersive viewing experiences.

Click here to view this year's VR films.