Wisconsin’s Own film submissions now open – closes December 29, 2017

The Wisconsin Film Festival (Festival) is now accepting submissions of Wisconsin’s Own films to be shown during the 20th annual Festival – April 5–12, 2018. The Wisconsin’s Own category is for films and filmmakers with Wisconsin connections.

Eligible films 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 – i.e., director, producer, screenwriter, lead actor or cinematographer – must be one of the following: born in Wisconsin, a current/former Wisconsin resident for at least one year or an alumnus/current student at a Wisconsin school. The Festival welcomes narrative, documentary, experimental and animated films or videos of any length.

The Wisconsin Film Festival now uses FilmFreeway, an online submission platform, for its Wisconsin’s Own submissions. The deadline for submissions is December 29, 2017.

Submission Process & Entry Fee

Interested applicants should visit go.wisc.edu/wisconsinsownsubmissions for full details including categories, eligible films, the submission process and submission format. Film entries are $35 for short films (under 60 minutes), $45 for feature length films, and $15 for student films of any length.

The Golden Badger Awards

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




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