The 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival was by far the best year of the event’s six-year run. Over the course of 15 days, 275 films from 63 countries screened in four theaters. More than 64,000 tickets were torn (up 16 percent from 2013), with 72 sold out screenings—including both Milwaukee Show showings that displayed the immensely talented filmmakers working right here in town. Though the seventh annual MFF seems a lifetime away, Milwaukee Film was gracious enough to announce the dates for what’s quickly become a Milwaukee cultural institution.

The 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival will run from September 24 through October 8. Additionally, Bud and Sue Selig have pledged to extend their annual gift of $150,000 through 2017. (There’s no word whether 3-D Hologram Bud Selig has pledged anything at this time.) Now the speculation begins regarding what will be screened, which actors and filmmakers will attend the event, and whether the brand new Avalon Theater will bring the festival into Bay View. All those details (and so many more) will trickle in over the course of the eight-plus painful months that now rest between today and opening night.