The world of independent film emboldens diverse voices and celebrates a rich landscape of storytelling, but within the filmmaking industry, women still face barriers in seeking opportunity and equity.

Through our Women in Film award and showcase, Milwaukee Film seeks to empower and celebrate women in film, highlighting the power of their craft, their stories, and their experience.

Minority Health Film Festival

Of the 50 MHFF films this year, 33 are directed or co-directed by women.


Milwaukee Film Festival

34 feature films in the 2020 Milwaukee Film Festival are directed by women!


Women in Film Award

The Women in Film audience award began in 2018 not only to recognize the power of female filmmakers to connect with filmgoers, but also to provide financial support to women working behind the camera. Based on audience votes, this $2,500 cash prize is given to the top-rated film in the Milwaukee Film Festival directed or co-directed by a woman.

2018: "Science Fair"

Directors: Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster

2019: "Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins"

Director: Janice Engel