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

"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

Celebrating our 5th 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 2020. 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 including head of Troma Films Lloyd Kaufman.

Additional Awards will be given for

Best Director Feature
Best Director Short

Best Feature Screenplay
Best Short Screenplay

Best Actor in a Feature
Best Actor in a Short

Best Actress in a Feature
Best Actress in a Short

Best Supporting Actor in a Feature
Best Supporting Actor in a Short

Best Supporting Actress in a Feature
Best Supporting Actress in a Short

Best Ensemble in a Feature
Best Ensemble in a Short

Best Cinematography Feature
Best Cinematography Short

Best Makeup Feature
Best Makeup Short

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.

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.

Overall Rating
  • Adam Steigert

    Amazing festival with a great staff. They were in touch with us every step of the way and we could have not asked for better hospitality. We highly recommend this festival.

    April 2019
  • Asaf Livni

    I had a Great experience with Milwaukee Twisted Dreams FF. Submit!

    April 2019
  • Jeremy Herbert

    Still broken up I couldn't make it, but it tells you something about a festival when you get a contact-high just from their coverage and communication. Milwaukee Twisted Dreams is a must for any horror filmmakers out there and they're only getting bigger.

    April 2019
  • Jason Zink

    We're still coming down off the experience we had at Twisted Dreams. We've been to quite a few of these over the years but this was easily our most fun and exciting Film Festival to date. It's obvious that this is a labor of love for the organizers and I can't wait to see what this fest grows into 5 years from now. We're so honored to have won Best Feature and Best Feature Screenplay for our film Straight Edge Kegger and we'll DEFINITELY be back in the future.

    April 2019
  • Logan Fry

    This is the festival I've always wanted to get to, but a band of ghoul doctors split my wife's chest open with a bone cutter and tore out an aortic heart valve. To their credit, they replaced it with one from a cow (probably from a Wisconsin dairy farm somewhere). The cow didn't survive - my wife did. I just had to stay at home to make sure she recovers this traumatic assault. She's doing well now, but I missed the fest. Oh, she attended old South High in Milwaukee years ago, so she's unusually strong and resilient, having survived the worst winters Milwaukee has ever known. For my part, I'm honored to have been part of Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival, even if I had to miss it...

    April 2019