2024 Milwaukee Film Festival


MKE Film was founded in 2008 by Chris Abele and Bill and Carmen Haberman (the latter two of the Herzfeld Foundation) with the goal of putting on a world-class film festival to rival the world’s largest. But the team also had a vision of strengthening the film industry in their humble Milwaukee, a city not known for its film culture but one that had long had a vibrant yet little-known film scene, including a small-but-mighty filmmaking industry, the now-defunct Milwaukee International Film Festival, UW-Milwaukee’s renowned film department, and slews of film buffs, fans, heads, and maniacs.

In 2009, the Milwaukee Film Festival had its inaugural run. That year, MKE Film screened more than 100 films at three venues. In 2017, more than 300 festival-quality films were screened across five Milwaukee venues. Festival attendance has increased every year since its inception; in 2017, attendance hovered around 84,000, and about 4,000 of those folks were our beloved MKE Film members.

In addition to the annual Milwaukee Film Festival, MKE Film organizes year-round educational and community programming, helps manage the Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance, and operates the historic Oriental Theatre and Downer Theatre. 


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The Milwaukee Film Festival is back for 2024 this April 11th - 25th and you won't want to miss our most exciting year back in action. #MFF24 is proud to feature both local and international filmmakers, highlight the work of directors from a variety of backgrounds and keep the historic nature of cinema a key part of the festival. 

Milwaukee Film is a midwest film festival with diverse film programming and an exemplary focus on independent film and filmmakers. #MFF24 is back again for its 16th anniversary with the addition of the iconic Downer Theatre to the festival family. Come out April 11th - 25th to our biggest fest yet!

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