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The 2019 Milwaukee Film Festival starts Thursday: Here's what you need to know

Posted at 12:27 PM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 17:55:18-04

MILWAUKEE -- The 11th annual Milwaukee Film Festival kicks off Thursday, once again bringing thousands of film fans, directors, producers, and actors to our corner of Wisconsin.

Over the span of 15 days, cinephiles will get the chance to see a whopping 349 films across six venues all around the city.

“The Milwaukee Film Festival is the largest arts event in the city, but more than just size matters to us,” said Cara Ogburn, Festival director for Milwaukee Film. “The breadth and quality of our films and events means that there’s truly something for everyone at our Festival. We can’t wait to see all of our friends and supporters experience this year’s Festival.”

Here's a few facts and figures to keep in mind if you're thinking about checking out this year's festival:

  • There will be 444 public screenings throughout the festival. That includes 161 feature films, 188 short films, 80 fiction features, 80 documentary features, and even one "VHS homage/live performance hybrid."
  • Some high-profile visitors will be staying in Milwaukee. 120+ visiting filmmakers and industry guests will be here, along with 100+ local filmmakers and guests.
  • You can watch movies at 6 different venues this year: The Avalon Theater, The Broadway Theater Center, Jann Serr Studio Cinema, Oriental Theatre, Rivoli Theatre, and Times Cinema.
  • Not sure you'll find something for you? There are 17 different program categories, including Black Lens, Cinema Hooligante, Cine Sin Fronteras, GenreQueer, and Rated K: For Kids.
  • Looking for something to do after your screening? There will be 43 different public events and parties to attend.

For more information on schedules and to purchase tickets, head to