Wisconsin’s Own film submissions now open – closes Dec. 28, 2018

The Wisconsin Film Festival (Festival) is now accepting submissions of Wisconsin’s Own films to be shown during the 21st annual Festival – April 4–11, 2019. 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 uses FilmFreeway, an online submission platform, for its Wisconsin’s Own submissions. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 28, 2018 for any films completed after Jan. 1, 2018.

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.

After Dec. 1, 2018, submission fees for non-students rise to $55 for features and $45 for shorts.

The Golden Badger Awards

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:


“The Blood is at the Doorstep” by Erik Ljung
“FUTURE Language: The Dimensions of Von LMO” by Lori Felker
“Great Light” By Tony Oswald


“Cliff, Superfan!” by Diane Moy Quon
“Daedalus and Icarus” by Luke Bassuener and Crestwood Elementary School students (Madison, Wis.)
“Lingua Absentia” by Kate Raney and Jeremy Bessoff


“Lamerica” by Stefano Galli
“jazzy@32” by Kara Mulrooney
“Round River” by Xia Magnus

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

The Wisconsin Film Festival is presented by the UW–Madison Division of the Arts in association with the Department of Communication Arts and was established in 1999. As the largest campus-managed film festival in the nation (25,000-30,000 attendees), it is known for its diverse film offerings including American independent, international cinema, documentaries, experimental and avant-garde, restored classics, Children’s Cinema: Big Screens, Little Folks and Wisconsin’s Own.