2017 Milwaukee Film Festival 9/28 - 10/12

program categories

mke film : festival

The 2016 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!

Spotlight Presentations

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.

Art & Artists

Sponsored by Art City & Milwaukee Art Museum
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.

Black Lens

Presented by the Johnson Controls Foundation
Sponsored by WJMR Jammin' 98.3 & Black Lens Engagement Committee
Special Support Provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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.

Cine Sin Fronteras

Sponsored by Abrazo Multicultural Marketing & Communications, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM), and Telemundo Wisconsin
Cine Sin Fronteras aims to showcase 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.

Cinema Hooligante

Sponsored by Milwaukee Record
If it looks like a late-night screening and smells like a late-night screening, it belongs in this program right here. Cinema Hooligante presents all the gory, trippy, raunchy, scary, sometimes offensive, always fun films from the best corners of cinema subculture.
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Presented by The Heil Family Foundation
Sponsored by Beans & Barley
Provocative and oftentimes difficult, these films represent eight emerging visionary filmmakers in cinema. The documentary and fiction directors in this program are in the running for the $10,000 Herzfeld Competition Award from our esteemed jury.
Click here to view this year's Competition films.

Cream City Cinema

Presented by John Axford
Sponsored by Urban Milwaukee and 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. One of these local creatives will receive a cash award of $5,000 from our jury!
Click here to view this year's Cream City Cinema films.

Documentary Festival Favorites

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.

Film Feast

Sponsored by BelAir Cantina and Savor Milwaukee
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.

Rated K: For Kids

Presented by Kelben Foundation, Inc.
Sponsored by Metroparent Magazine & MetroparentMagazine.com
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.

Shorter Is Better

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.

Sound Vision

Sponsored by WMSE 91.7FM & KOSS
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.

United States of Cinema

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 United States of Cinema films.


Presented by Marianne and Sheldon Lubar
Sponsored by Lowlands Grand Cafés
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.