In Madison, we are passionate about celebrating and acknowledging the importance of arts and culture in our community. For over 25 years, The Wisconsin Film Festival has played an strong role in recognizing our city's creativity and expression by entertaining, educating and enriching hundreds of film newcomers and experts alike, motivated by the belief that "cinema is an essential art form".

The Festival returns to Madison in 2024, running April 4 – 11 with a slate of films that are sure to impress.

The return of our beloved downtown venues

This year’s lineup will take place across 7 venues, with some that are new to the film fest family as well as a few old favorites. 

Throughout the festival's 8 days, you can cozy up in intimate theaters on University of Wisconsin - Madison's campus, including the UW Cinematheque, The Marquee Cinema (located in Union South) and the Music Hall (at the base of Bascom Hill). Explore distinctly downtown Madison venues like The Bartell Theatre and Chazen Museum of Art. Venture over to The Barrymore Theatre in the Atwood neighborhood and even further east at Flix Brewhouse (attached to the East Towne Mall).

All locations are accessible by bus, bike and car. Contact a member of the box office staff for info on venue accessibility.

Films for all to enjoy

From documentaries and narratives to dance films and animated shorts, there’s a film for everyone. Included in the film categories is “Wisconsin’s Own,” a list of dozens of films featuring Wisconsin filmmakers, themes or settings. 

The Film Fest is also great for kids. “Big Screens Little Folks” is the perfect category for mini movie buffs. While Wisconsin Film Fest films are not rated and parental discretion is advised, there are lots of showings for little ones. This category is filled with over 30 animated and narrative shorts, among others.

Pick up the Wisconsin Film Fest Guide or visit for info on the festival schedule, film descriptions and more.

GET TICKETS to the Wisconsin Film Fest

Want tickets? The Wisconsin Film Festival’s website has them for $12 per show. If you’re a true film fanatic, take advantage of the All-Festival pass, an all-the-films-you-can-handle pass available for $325. Tickets are free for UW-Madison students (just show your ID!).

Not a fan of online ordering (or planning ahead)? We’ve got you. Day-of-show tickets are available at every venue. (We suggest you get there at least 30 minutes before the film starts.)

A community staple for over 20 years, the Wisconsin Film Festival kicks off Thursday, April 4 with an opening night reception at the Barrymore Theatre.