If it feels like the 2021 Milwaukee Film Festival just wrapped up, well, it kind of did. The event ran May 6-20; like the 2020 fest, it was all-virtual. But today, Milwaukee Film not only announced the dates for its 2022 festival (April 21 – May 5), it noted that MFF2022 “is intending to return in-person,” while still offering “a responsive-to-audience-interest virtual component.” Yay!

Like the 2021 fest, the 2022 fest will be a springtime event. Prior to 2021, the festival took place in the fall. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the move has given the Milwaukee Film Festival “the opportunity to boost its own identity locally and nationally,” and gives Milwaukee Film “a platform to promote movies that will be coming later in the year to the Oriental Theatre, which the nonprofit took over in 2018.”

Speaking of the Oriental Theatre, Milwaukee Film has teased an August reopening for the historic, still-being-restored East Side movie palace. Hopefully we can finally do that screening of Cats! Stay tuned…

Oh, and in the meantime, Milwaukee Film’s recently christened Cultures & Communities Festival is set for September 6-12. Here’s today’s press release:

Milwaukee Film Announces Dates for 2022 Festival 
The 2022 Milwaukee Film Festival to be held April 21 through May 5

MILWAUKEE – Tuesday, June 8, 2021 – Film fans everywhere are encouraged to mark their calendars and save the dates for the 14th annual Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by Associated Bank, which will take place April 21-May 5, 2022.

While still in the early stages of planning, the nonprofit is intending to return in-person while still offering a responsive-to-audience interest virtual component. Milwaukee Film looks forward to inviting filmmakers from all over to kick off the springtime season in the Midwest city of festivals.

The organization will begin to accept film submissions for next year’s Festival in late summer of 2021. Updates on the Milwaukee Film Festival, as well as all other Milwaukee Film programs and events, are available at mkefilm.org.

More information on the upcoming Cultures & Communities Festival, occurring September 6-12, is available at mkefilm.org/ccf.

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Take a behind-the-scenes peek at the ongoing Oriental Theatre restoration