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We Now Have Two Milwaukee Film Festivals to Look Forward to This Year

They will both be virtual events.

Milwaukee Film announced Wednesday that it will host two, 15-day virtual festivals this year.

The Minority Health Film Festival will run September 10-24 and feature over 30 different films. There will be over a dozen other virtual events, including keynote speakers, panels of community leaders and Q&A sessions with filmmakers.

Geraud Blanks, cultures and communities director at Milwaukee Film, said the Minority Health Film Festival was launched last year as a way to spark conversation about health care disparities experienced by minority communities.



“We wanted to use film to help people see what systemic and social factors create those differences,” Blanks said. “Once we started to see how the pandemic was hitting Black, Latinx, and other historically marginalized communities much harder, these topics took on significantly greater importance for Milwaukee.”

This year’s films will cover three categories: family health and well-being, institutional health and well-being and community health and well-being.

The Minority Health Film Festival is presented in partnership with Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin regional health network.

The 12th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will also be virtual this year, running October 15-29. There will be fewer films available than last year, but the selection will still cover a wide range of genres, and there will several other virtual events and panels as well.

For both festivals, attendees can purchase tickets to individual films or get a pass for all the available content. Minority Health Film Festival passes go on sale August 24, and Milwaukee Film Festival passes on August 31. Individual tickets are available for the duration of each festival.

“This is a way for us to give our community some much-needed opportunities to connect and celebrate,” said Milwaukee Film CEO Jonathan Jackson in a press release. “We know our film festivals are better when we’re together, but we’re confident that we can deliver amazing experiences in a virtual space – full of discovery, wonder, tears, laughter and community,” he added. 



Elizabeth Johnson is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine and a journalism major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.