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The 2019 Milwaukee Film Festival By the Numbers

There are more than 300 films at the 2019 Milwaukee Film Festival.

THE 11TH ANNUAL Milwaukee Film Festival looks to be the largest yet.

Cinephiles, art addicts and culture connoisseurs alike are gathering in Milwaukee through the end of the month for the 11th annual Milwaukee Film Festival. Since mid-October, Milwaukee Film has thrown the doors open across six venues for the movie-going public to enjoy this year’s catalog of 349 films, ranging from seconds-long shorts to a nearly three-hour feature. Not sure where to start? Milwaukee Film’s Film & Event Finder will help you narrow down your choices by category, venue, country of origin, showtime and more.

Despite how massive this year’s library of viewable works is, Milwaukee Film insists that the quantity has no affect on the quality. “More than just size matters to us,” said Cara Ogburn, the Festival’s director. “The breadth and quality of our films and events means that there’s truly something for everyone at our Festival. We can’t wait to see all of our friends and supporters experience this year’s Festival.”

The 2019 Film Festival, By the Numbers

There are exactly 444 public screenings scheduled from the beginning to the end of the festival.

The balance of representation between filmmakers and industry guests from the Milwaukee area and those from abroad is pretty close. More than 100 filmmakers and industry guests at the festival are local, and more than 120 traveled here.

The festival features films from 49 countries across the globe, from the Caribbean to Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia.

Exactly 4 films will be screened that were submitted for the Best International Feature Film Oscar: Atlantics (Senegal), The Whistlers (Romania), Parasite (Korea) and Monos (Colombia).

There will be 9 retrospective films screened, including 3 on 35mm film.

The shortest film of the catalog is Bloom (9 seconds, featured in The Milwaukee Youth Show). The longest film of the catalog is Our Time (173 minutes).

In total, 14 awards will be presented over the course of the festival including the new Mohamed Amin Courage in Filmmaking Award.



Calvin Lemieux is a Communication graduate from University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Following an internship with Milwaukee Magazine in Fall 2019 and graduation in Spring 2020, he returned to work as a freelance writer.