Wisconsin's PREMIERE genre film festival returns for a 6th year!

"The BEST film festival EVER! I've been to fests all over the world and the Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival is just the very best. Still new and growing but already on par with the best worldwide!!" - Albert Pyun Director, The Sword and the Sorcerer, Dollman, Cyborg, Nemesis

2020 sucked. There's no other way to put it. We had an amazing festival planned but then, the world came to a halt putting live events on hold. We switched to a virtual event to keep our tradition alive and we were extremely surprised at the turnout. 2020 saw an incredible global audience tune into our festival. Going virtual also allowed us to hold amazing Q&A sessions with nearly 100 film makers from around the world streamed live to a global audience. We are going to hold another virtual festival in 2021 since right now, we are so unsure of what the future holds for the entertainment industry, We are looking for your best shorts and features in the horror / sci-fi or fantasy genres.

We will have more panel discussions and film maker Q&A's planned for 2021. We had a great turnout for our 2020 "History of Horror" panel discussion featuring horror film makers and writers for Bloody Disgusting. We will have more surprises that always make our event more than just a film festival.

Celebrating our 6th year, we have had celebrity judges such as JOE BOB BRIGGS and LLOYD KAUFMAN. In 2019 we welcomed JOE BOB BRIGGS and his one man show "HOW REDNECKS SAVED HOLLYWOOD" and SHATTERED our attendance records. Sold out screenings and well documented press coverage made us the LARGEST genre film festival in Wisconsin! The Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival is bigger and better than ever! 2019 saw us host a number of films from across the globe as well as live performances from a live punk band, RATBATSPIDER to an authentic Spook Show performance. More than just a film festival, Twisted Dreams is an EVENT to look forward to. We are looking for the best of the best short and feature films. There is no made by date, if you have a good film we want to see it! We are especially looking for films from the LGBT community, people of color and women. In 2018 we hosted a "women in horror" panel after screening a short film block from female filmmakers. We are looking to do something similar in 2021. We offer local Wisconsin filmmakers free submission as a way of supporting our local film community. The film must have been made in Wisconsin or the filmmaker be currently living in Wisconsin.

Throughout the year, we host single screening events to keep our brand alive and fresh. It's our hope to one day be a destination festival for genre fans and film makers alike.

Set in the springtime to set itself apart from the other horror film festivals, the Twisted Dreams Festival is unique. Fall is a crowded time of the year for festivals. Especially in Milwaukee with some very big festivals occurring that time. Plus, horror fans are fans year round and don't just come out during Halloween so, we decided on a spring time event.

Events are broken down into sessions. Short films are a part of "short blocks" running 90-100 minutes, features are their own showcase. Some short blocks will be themed including a block devoted to animation and one devoted to women filmmakers depending on submissions.

Milwaukee is home to many great tourist attractions and draws an audience from all over the country.

An audience and Jury award will be given for Best Feature, Best Short, and Best Wisconsin Short.
Jury consists of a diverse group of people from Genre Fans to professional filmmakers.

Additional Awards will be given in a variety of categories (ex. directing, acting, screenplay)

We want your very best horror / Sci- Fi and Fantasy shorts and features.

There is NO 'Film Made By' date. Send us your best work.

EPK's are highly encouraged.

If you are sending us hard copies of submissions whether if for consideration or accepted status and would like it returned, please include a self addressed postage paid mailer.

Submission copies must be an Online Screener (preferred submission method), DVD, or Blu-Ray (NTSC system only) with a digital file.

A H.264 video is the preferred Exhibition formats accepted but will also accept other data digital files.

Please do NOT send .ZIP files!

The rules are basic but necessary. Please take a quick look at the info below before you submit.

I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree:

I have read, understated and fully comply with all submission eligibility information, Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions of Entry and Entry Eligibility requirements.

To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this submission are true.
This film or video is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation and I am authorized to submit this film to the festival.

I hold Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival and it's promotion team harmless from any claims of liability anything that might occur during the course of the festival or screening of the film.

I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music, print, images and everything contained in the film and/or promotional materials of the submitted film.

I give permission for Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the film for promotional purposes

I give permission for Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival to screen the film at the Festival for which it was submitted.

Overall Rating
  • Great festival hosted by great people. A must in your festival tour.

    September 2020
  • Chet Turner

    It has not been held yet and I have heard nothing from the organizers

    August 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Chet, we have sent a number of emails via Film Freeway to our selected film makers with updates during the shut down. Since our venue is still closed due to the COVId-19 pandemic, we have been working diligently behind the scenes on alternative options. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  • While we were sadly not able to attend, the communication with the team was excellent. And we were able to follow the event on social media. Finally, we were extremely honored to receive a Best Cinematography award. We all hope to make it next week!

    April 2019
  • Brian Klewin

    I had an absolute blast at this festival! It was such an honor to see our film at such an incredible movie theater! The festival provided an incredible experience for both genre fans and filmmakers and I didn't see a bad film at the festival. If you make weird/dark films this is a must film festival to submit to. Thank you for all the awards, we're very honored!

    April 2019
  • Emmet O'Brien

    Really happy being part of the festival and excellent communication through out!

    April 2019