The Wisconsin Film Festival (Festival) is presented by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of the Arts in association with the Department of Communication Arts and is the largest university-produced film festival in the nation from April 4-11 on the UW–Madison campus and AMC Madison 6.
Each year the Festival brings in guest artists including filmmakers, cast and industry experts. Guests participate in post-screening Q&As with Festival audiences and some guests meet with students from the Department of Communication Arts. They also attend special events during the Festival. This year there will be over 50 guests, for the full list, visit: 2019.wifilmfest.org/guests-of-fest. For more details on the films, visit the online film guide at 2019.wifilmfest.org.
Many of the Wisconsin’s Own filmmakers, whose films are a vital part of the Festival, will also be guests. The Wisconsin’s Own Golden Badger award-winning filmmakers will attend the Opening Night Celebration on April 4 at the Wisconsin Union Theater – Shannon Hall at the Memorial Union (800 Langdon St.) starting at 7 p.m. with host Pete Schwaba of Wisconsin’s Public Television’s “Director’s Cut.” After the award presentation, the opening night selection, “Woman at War” will screen. Tickets for the awards and film are $11 and the opening reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge on 2nd floor of Memorial Union is an additional $15.
This year’s Golden Badger Awards honorees are:
- Life on the Mississippi | Directed by Bill Brown
- Elephant Path | Directed by Todd McGrain
- Played Out | Directed by James Runde
Wisconsin Film Festival News & Social Media accounts
To stay informed of any updates and learning about some of the films shown during the Festival, film enthusiasts are encouraged to sign for the Festival’s Newsreel (sign up on the go.wisc.edu/artsnews in the “Subscribe to our Newsletter” section) or follow the Festival’s social media accounts: @wifilmfest (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube).