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Milwaukee Film Moves Popular Festival to Spring

The 13th annual Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by Associated Bank, will be held this spring, May 6 through 20—a change from its usual October dates. Like the 2020 event, this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival will largely take place in a virtual format. Passes for access to all virtual screenings are on sale now. Milwaukee Film plans to use the same virtual platform, CineSend, for the spring Festival.

Each year, the Milwaukee Film Festival showcases films from modern American independent cinema; documentaries; profiles of iconic artists; fiction and documentary films by emerging and established Black storytellers; foreign films; films exploring LGBTQ+ voices; shorts; new works by Milwaukee-area filmmakers; kids’ movies and more. Virtual events include nightly talk-show style conversations with filmmakers and in-depth panel discussions.

According to a statement on Milwaukee Film’s website, “In recent years, Milwaukee Film has been contemplating moving our Festival to spring, which offers a chance to share the best of the full film-festival season and, whenever we can fest in person again, better weather for standing in line.”

Cost: $160 for the 2021 Festival Pass; $8 for individual film passes; discounts for members. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit