Featuring 304 films from over 50 countries screened at five venues and six screens over 15 days, MFF2015 attracted 70,885 attendees—a 10% increase over MFF2014, which boasted 64,187 attendees. (The 2014 fest showed a 16% increase from the previous year, which drew 55,194 attendees.) According to a press release from Milwaukee Film, “public film screenings included a total of 57,598 attendees, while private weekday Education Screenings hosted a total of 7,158 students (grades 1 through 12) at the historic Landmark Oriental Theatre. In addition, this year’s festival boasted 77 sold-out screenings (72 in 2014).”
Taking home this year’s Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Awards were Jason Zeldes’ Romeo Is Bleeding (Feature Film) and Alexis Michali’s Grounded (Au Sol) (Short Film). Taking home our hearts were all the puppies (and kitties!) in this year’s festival trailer.