The Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival is a celebration of horror and the macabre.

After a very successful 2 year run at Milwaukee's Underground Collaborative performance space, the Twisted Dreams Film Festival moves to a new home in 2018. Next year will see us relocated to the Times Cinema in the heart of Milwaukee. This single screen theater is host to some of Milwaukee's best indie and classic horror films and has a built in audience.

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. 2017 saw us as the largest genre film festival in the state of Wisconsin.

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.

Awards & Prizes

An audience and jury awards will be given.
Twisted Dreams and American Horrors channel has teamed up to offer the Jury Award winners the option to have their films shown to an international audience on their Roku channel.

Last years winners were
Award winners were
Jury Award
Best Feature - Who's Watching Oliver
Best Short Film - Cauchemar Capitonné (Studded Nightmare)
Best Wisconsin Short - Gags

Audience Award
Best Feature - Another Yeti a Love Story: Life on the Streets
Best Short Film - Cauchemar Capitonné (Studded Nightmare)
Best Wisconsin Short -Gags

Rules & Terms

There are many forms horror can take and we screen it all. From traditional horror films to horror comedy, psychological thrillers, science fiction, documentaries, animation, and grindhouse films. If you have a film that has any sense of macabre or disturbing elements we want to screen it.

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.

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

DCP is the preferred Exhibition formats accepted but will also accept 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.

11 Reviews

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    Jim Martin

    A festival with amazing taste, communicative people and radical flicks. It's as inspiring as it is depraved in its content. Can't wait to submit another movie to these cats!

    May 2017
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    Melonie Gartner

    This is a one of a kind festival. So glad to be a part of it! Thank you Christopher and Craig for putting the festival together.

    April 2017
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    Nolan Lewis

    We had such a good time at this year's festival. The organizers, Christopher and Stephen, and all the volunteers were great. So friendly, and enthusiastic about the genre. There were some fun panels, and opportunities to meet the other filmmakers, and fans of the genre.

    As an added bonus, Milwaukee is an awesome city. We had a blast!

    Thank you, Twisted Dreams.

    April 2017
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    Danny Villanueva

    I attended the Wisconsin shorts section of the first year of this festival and was highly impressed. Christopher House and Stephen Milek were very professional and did an incredible job organizing this festival. The highlight was the jam packed audience. They were so alive and reacted very well to all of the films that played. One of my films screened and they had a very cool filmmaker Q&A after the showcase which was fun. The only cons of the fest was that the room the films played in had a giant pillar in the middle which I could see might have blocked the view of some of the audience. Also, I think the entire block of shorts was re exported into one file which I think caused some of the films to lose a bit of quality. In a few of the films I noticed unnatural contrast flickering and artifacts in the films which probably wasn't distracting to the average viewer, but nitpicky people like myself noticed. Or it could have been the projector. I'm not too sure. Sound system was incredible and I felt immersed into every film that played! Overall It was an amazing horror film fest that I highly recommend and would love to attend again!

    January 2017
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    Dave Fugett

    The organizers are really nice guys. Passionate about what they were trying to accomplish. Area is full of film fans and horror seems to be a fav. First year hiccup - sound system. Had sound been better I would have rated 5 stars all around. Destined to become a filmmakers favorite. Hope to return.

    June 2016