Press Release
Press Release

Milwaukee Short Film Festival is Back for its 17th Year!

This year we have more films than ever before.

By - Aug 24th, 2015 01:32 pm
Milwaukee Short Film Festival

Milwaukee Short Film Festival

(Milwaukee) The world renown Milwaukee Short Film Festival is back for its 17th year! This year we have more films than ever before, even more local filmmakers than ever before, and the most diverse line up of filmmakers that you’ll ever see in Wisconsin.

First, this year our film selection tops off at a whopping 53 films shown over two days on September 11th and 12th at Comedy Sportz, located at 420 S 1st St, Milwaukee. Thirty six of those films are from local filmmakers. This surely is the biggest line up of locally produced films ever to grace the Milwaukee landscape. 

Second, diversity is honored with “Voices Heard! A local Multi-Cultural Filmmaker Showcase” on Friday evening. Nine films curated by Rubin Whitmore II are the product of efforts to bring awareness to our great community of local multi-cultural filmmakers.

“This will be the first program of its kind in Milwaukee. The focus is solely on local minority filmmakers and it gives those filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their work before an audience” says Ross Bigley, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Short Film Festival. “This is what our film festival is about, to shine a light on emerging artists and local filmmakers” 

Celebrate their work with us on Opening Night of the Milwaukee Short Film Festival, Friday September 11th, as these filmmakers exercise their freedom of expression and artistic voices. The judges for Voices Heard include:  Sierra Shea (Festival Manager for 48hr Film Competition Madison), George Tillman (Hollywood Director), Marcia Wright (Acting Coach) and Dr. Chia Vang (Hmong Culture Professor at UW-Milwaukee).

We will also honor as we always do, those who strive to help Milwaukee’s filmmaking community with the Pace-setter Award. This year’s recipient for the Pace-setter award is Jared Stepp, the producer of Milwaukee’s 48 hr project. 

As for the selection of films, there is “Elk Mound” by famed artist and one time drummer for the Replacements Chris Mars, another fun film featuring our friend and International film star Bai Ling called “Vultures In The Void”, “Elgin Park” an award winning documentary on reclusive model builder, Michael Paul Smith, “The Map of Maps” another documentary about the discovery of an incredibly rare Koren Map at the UWM library, plus amazing films by local filmmakers Van Campbell (Hero in Limbo), Ryan Klassa (Pre (view)), Dirk Van Sloten (Rocket Science), Nelson Tony Oliveras (A Dubious Night), Spencer Oretga (Dinosaur) , The Thornton Brothers (Knock Knock), and JT Backes (Dreamers) to name a few.

Tickets are 10 bucks a show, or 30 for a two day pass

So, come down to Comedy Sportz on September 11th and 12th and celebrate Milwaukee’s most diverse line up of local filmmakers, award winning International fare and the best films from Milwaukee filmmakers, and you will see why the Milwaukee Short Film Festival has been called the “Best Local Festival” by Moviemaker Magazine.

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