Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Dates for 2023

The 2022 festival brought in nearly 100,000 attendees.

After the conclusion of its 2022 festival this week, Milwaukee Film announced that the event will be returning in 2023 from April 20-May 4.

The 2022 festival – which ended last week – returned to in-person screenings at the Oriental Theatre, Avalon Theater and Times Cinema for the first time in two years. The festival was also the first hybrid festival Milwaukee Film has held.

“After 903 days since our last [Milwaukee Film Festival], it was joyously cathartic to see crowded screenings throughout the festival,” said Cara Ogburn, Milwaukee Film’s artistic director in a press release. “Considering that in January we nearly canceled the in-person component of our 2022 MFF at the height of Omicron, this year signaled the essential vitality of our ability to convene our community through cinema.”

Milwaukee Film also released a by-the-numbers breakdown of the 2022 festival. The event brought in 99,131 attendees, with 18,734 of those being in person. Two hundred and eighty-five films were screened total, with 275 in-cinema screenings and 72 feature films available virtually. The festival also raised $202,785 for Milwaukee Film.

Audience’s both in-person and virtual voted on their favorite films. The Best Short award went to The Warrior Princess, a documentary about Violet Lopez, a 14-year-old Milwaukeean and five-time amateur national boxing champion. It was directed by Milwaukee filmmaker Vianca Fuster.

The Best Feature award went to Navalny, a documentary about Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny that follows his attempted assassination.

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