Wisconsin Film Festival’s Big Screens, Little Folks films for kids showing April 5-7

For the fifth year, the Wisconsin Film Festival (April 4-11) is offering children’s cinema programming “Big Screens, Little Folks” from April 5-7 including two films shown on April 5 when public K-12 schools in Madison have early release.

The Big Screens, Little Folks (BSLF) series features specially curated full-length films and short films for young people that will inspire and delight. Tickets for all BSLF films cost $6 each, no matter the age, and will be shown on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. UW Cinematheque is located at 4070 Vilas Hall at 821 University Ave. and the Marquee at Union South is located at 1308 W. Dayton St. on the 2nd floor.

Feature-length films:

Ralph Breaks the Internet – 3D!
Friday, April 5 | 2:30 p.m. | UW Cinematheque

This Oscar-nominated animation will be presented by screenwriter, co-director and UW–Madison alum Phil Johnston with a Q&A afterwards.

Minuscule – Mandibles from Far Away” – 3D!
Friday, April 5 | 6:15 p.m. | UW Cinematheque

Minuscule ­– Les mandibules du bout du monde. No dialogue.

Tito and the Birds* (aimed at ages 10+)
Saturday, April 6 | 11:45 a.m. | Marquee, Union South

Tito e os Pássaros. Portuguese with English subtitles.

The Witch Hunters* (aimed at ages 9+)
Saturday, April 6 | 1:45 p.m. | Marquee, Union South

Zlogonje. Serbian with English subtitles.

Supa Modo* (aimed at ages 11+)
Sunday, April 7 | noon | Marquee, Union South

English, Kikuyu and Swahili with English subtitles.

*These films also include a short film before screening.

Shorts Programming:

In addition, there are two series of international short films.

Short and Sweet (aimed at ages 8+)
Saturday, April 6 | 10a.m. | Marquee, Union South

All the films do not have dialogue, except for one where it is in French with English subtitles.

Shorter and Sweeter (aimed at ages 5-8)
Sunday, April 7 | 10 a.m. | Marquee, Union South

All the films do not have dialogue, except for one where it is in French with English subtitles.

BSLF tickets can be purchased in person at the Campus Arts Ticketing Box Office in Memorial Union, by phone at 608-265-ARTS (2787), or online by using the “Big Screens, Little Folks” Section filter.


In addition, there will be a free stop-motion animation workshop on Saturday, April 6 with all supplies and equipment provided. This workshop is geared towards audiences between the ages of 7-15. Using markers, whiteboards and props, each participant will create their own short film.

Stop-Motion Animation Workshop

Saturday, April 6 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Union South | Free

This workshop will be led the Bubbler program at Madison Public Library and Luke Bassuener, fourth grade teacher at Crestwood Elementary, whose class won a Golden Badger Award in 2017 for their stop-motion film, and whose 2018 film, “A Valkyrie’s Tale,”  will be shown as part of the Big Screens, Little Folks screening of the feature film “Supa Modo” on Sunday, April 7.

These workshops are offered in partnership with the Madison Public Library Bubbler Program and Crestwood Elementary School.


Big Screens, Little Folks is presented by SSM Health. Additional program support is generously provided by Dane Arts, the Discovery Film Festival, Dundee, the Goethe-Institut, and Shout! Factory.