Door Kinetic Arts Festival inspires collaborations and provides audiences access to artists and their new creative ventures.
Rainn Wilson was the film artist in residence for 2018, developing the screenplay "Stetson Kennedy" with writer Eric Simonson and reading the lead in a public reading of the screenplay. His one man show performance "Thom Pain" screened the first night to a standing room only crowd that also enjoyed his introduction of the film and his discussion after.
The inaugural festival in 2016 premiered Campbell Scott's new short film, "The Fold," and featured panels with producer Louise Henderson and Oscar-winning director Eric Simonson. Harry Lennix' film "The Gleaner" received its world premiere in 2017, and Lennix attended and spoke about his film in a panel, as did several other screening filmmakers.
The Door Kinetic Arts Festival premieres other completed and in-process works in theatre and dance, exhibits kinetic sculpture, and offers cocktail talks with spirits and cocktail experts. The festival encourages collaboration among resident artists and provides opportunities to socialize and collaborate with a range of artists, enhancing the experience for all participants.

-Best of the Fest
-Best Narrative Short Film
-Best Documentary Short Film
-Best Wisconsin Short Film


- Competition is open to U.S. and International entries.

- Short films are under 40 minutes in length. Do not submit a project longer than 40 minutes or you will be disqualified.

-- Films not in English must be subtitled or dubbed in English.

- If you are burning a consumer disc, CLEARLY write your Project Title, Tracking #, and Contact information on the disc. PLEASE test the DVD on several players before sending. Please use recyclable packaging.

- Films must have been completed after January 1, 2018. Films must be available for screening during the Door Kinetic Arts Festival in June 2019.

- Once an entry payment has been processed, we cannot provide a refund.

- Please include in your cover letter if your film was SHOT IN WISCONSIN (include locations) or made by WISCONSIN FILMMAKERS.

With entries in our possession, we take the utmost care. However, we cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or additional charges incurred en route, or due to normal wear and tear, or due to equipment failure. PLEASE don't send original prints or master copies of any project. Additionally, Door Kinetic Arts is held harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity or screening of any film.

DVDs and press materials will not be returned without a prepaid mailer.

Overall Rating
  • This is the second year I've had the honor of being a part of the Door Kinetic Arts Festival. It's a one of a kind gathering in a beautiful setting. Artists from varying disciplines converge for a week to share, show, collaborate, and create. It refreshes the spirit to be involved. It is one hundred percent worth it.

    June 2018
  • Adam Grannick

    My team had a great time at DKAF - they hosted an extended Q&A and are very invested in promoting the works they host.

    July 2017