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Will There be a Milwaukee Film Festival This Year?

Leaders at Milwaukee Film are committed to providing a film festival experience this fall — but the details are still unclear.

At this point, we’ve all seen the words “POSTPONED” or “CANCELED” next to some of our biggest events like Summerfest and the DNC. But what about another Milwaukee staple called the Milwaukee Film Festival? 

While we’ve been living in a reality like something out of a film itself, the Milwaukee Film Festival has been weighing its options on how to proceed with the normally 15-day, in-person event — if they can even host it at all.

“The likelihood of us holding a 15-day, in-person event on the scale of our record-breaking MFF 2019 this fall is exceedingly low,” said Jonathan Jackson, the CEO and Artistic Director of Milwaukee Film, in a press release on Monday. “The realities of our current public health situation and the projections experts have offered for the coming months are clear on that point.”

However, Jackson added, “One thing is certain: We are committed to holding a film festival experience this fall. There will be something for everyone to enjoy, and we’ll find a way to make this a true community event.”

As far as what the event will look like this year, the leaders at Milwaukee Film aren’t quite sure yet. 

“We are working on the best way to be good stewards of your financial support for our nonprofit, to serve our community, and to still deliver a Festival experience,” said Jackson.

Although Milwaukee Film doesn’t know what shape the festival will take this year, they plan to announce it as soon as they do. 

“We cannot thank you enough for your loyal support, and we hope that — someday soon — we’ll see you in person at the movies,” said Jackson.



Allie is an Editorial Intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She is a senior at UW-Milwaukee studying Creative Writing and Journalism. You can follow her on Instagram at @alliehabck