Wisconsin’s Own film submissions close December 1 for the public and December 30 for students

The Wisconsin Film Festival (Film Festival) is accepting submissions of Wisconsin’s Own films to be shown during the next Wisconsin Film Festival – March 30-April 6, 2017. The Wisconsin’s Own category is for filmmakers and films with Wisconsin ties.

The film must be shot primarily or significantly (at least one-third) on location in Wisconsin and/or one or more of the film’s principal creative personnel – director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, lead actor, etc. – must be one of the following: born in Wisconsin, a current or former Wisconsin resident for one or more years, or an alumnus or current student at a school located in Wisconsin. The Film Festival welcomes narrative, documentary, experimental and animated films or videos of any length.


December 1, 2016 – Wisconsin’s Own overall category (Entry fee is $35-45 per film)
December 30, 2016 – Wisconsin’s Own Student category (Entry fee is $15 per film with valid student ID)

Submission Process

Interested applicants should visit wifilmfest.org/submit.htm for full details including categories, eligible films, the submission process and submission format.

The Golden Badgers Awards

In addition, films that are accepted into the upcoming Film Festival will be shown to a panel of judges who determine the Golden Badgers award winners. Some previous Golden Badgers recipients include:

  • 2016
    • Lamerica by Stephano Galli
    • jazzy@32 by Kara Mulrooney
    • Round River by Xia Magnus
  • 2015
    • Clarence by Kristin Catalano
    • Little America by Kurt Raether
    • The Searcher by Joe Shaffer
  • 2014
    • Atomic Dream by Derek Lartaud and Melanie Ruiz
    • Before You by Michael T. Vollmann
    • Dostoyevsky Behind Bars by Marc Kornblatt

For additional winners, visit: wifilmfest.org/awards.htm.