Fact: The 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival begins Thursday, September 22, and runs through Thursday, October 6. Fact: The 15-day extravaganza will feature hundreds of films lighting up the screens of the Landmark Oriental and Downer theaters, Fox-Bay Cinema Grill, Times Cinema, and Avalon Theater. Fact: We’re really, really excited.

Looking for more facts? Milwaukee Film has put together a handy “Film Festival Fact Sheet” that runs through some pertinent MFF2016 numbers: 282 total films! 16 shorts programs! 108 women directors! Two films starring Vincent Cassel! More!

2016 Milwaukee Film Festival Fact Sheet

282 Total Films
119 Total Features
163 Total Shorts
340 Public Screenings
55 Fiction Features
63 Documentary Features
1 Super Secret Members-Only Film (Will it be fiction or documentary?)
7 Classic Films
51 Countries
15 Film Program Categories
3 New Program Categories (Cine Sin Fronteras, Sportsball! & United States of Cinema)
16 Shorts Programs
2 Films Starring David Oyelowo
2 Films Starring Vincent Cassel
38 Milwaukee Film Festival Director Alumni
Shortest Film: Color TV Evolution (44 sec)
Longest Film: Metropolis (148 min)
108 Women Directors
9 Education Screenings
9,000+ Students attending Education Screenings
12 Panels
111 Conversations
27 Jurors

287 Community Partners
3,450 Milwaukee Film Members
137 Sponsors


1 Presenting Sponsor
1 Premier Sponsor ($100,000+)
4 Luminary Sponsors ($100,000+)
4 Leading Sponsors ($50,000+)
6 Visionary Sponsors ($50,000+)
15 Producing Sponsors ($30,000+)
34 Supporting Sponsors ($20,000+)
28 Providing Sponsors ($10,000+)
15 Contributing Sponsors ($5,000+)
12 Sustaining Sponsors ($2,500+)
5 Additional Foundation Supporters
12 Restaurant Partners


Abele Catalyst Award
Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Awards for Best Feature Film & Best Short Film
Black Lens Jury Award ($5,000 cash)
Brico Forward Fund (multiple awards from a pool of $50,000 cash and $95,000 in donated production services)
Cream City Cinema College Filmmaker Award ($2,500 cash)
Cream City Cinema Jury Award ($5,000 cash)
Documentary Jury Award ($5,000 cash)
Herzfeld Competition Award ($10,000 cash)
Kids Choice Short Film Award ($1,000 cash)
Milwaukee Music Video Award ($5,000 cash)
Shorter Is Better Award ($1,000 cash)


Avalon Theater (2473 N. Kinnickinnic Ave.)
Fox-Bay Cinema Grill (334 E. Silver Spring Dr.)
Landmark Oriental Theatre (2230 N. Farwell Ave.)
Landmark Downer Theatre (2589 N. Downer Ave.)
Times Cinema (5906 W. Vliet St.)


88Nine Radio Milwaukee (220 E. Pittsburgh Ave.)
The Bay Restaurant (342 E. Silver Spring Dr.)
Burnhearts (2599 S. Logan Ave.)
Cafe Centraal (2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.)
Good City Brewing (2108 N. Farwell Ave.)
Kenilworth Greenway (1915 E. Kenilworth Pl.)
Landmark Lanes (2220 N. Farwell Ave.)
Marquette University, Eckstein Hall (1215 W. Michigan St.)
Milwaukee Film Festival Lounge (2155 N. Prospect Ave.)
Ugly’s Bar & Grill (1125 N. Old World 3rd St.)
UWM Peck School of the Arts Kenilworth Building (1925 E. Kenilworth Pl.)
Vintage (2203 N. Prospect Ave.)
Wauwatiki (6502 W. North Ave.)


Avalon Bar & Lounge (2473 N. Kinnickinnic Ave.)
The Bay Restaurant (342 E. Silver Spring Dr.)
Boswell Books (2559 N. Downer Ave.)
Cafe Hollander (2608 N. Downer Ave.)
Cold Spoons Gelato (5924 W. Vliet St.)
Milwaukee Public Library, East Library Branch (2320 N. Cramer St.)
Valentine Coffee Co. (5918 W. Vliet St.)
Yo Factory (2203 N. Farwell Ave.)