The Milwaukee Underground Film Festival is a student run film festival devoted to showcasing independent, artist driven cinema. For fifteen years we have been programming filmmakers that defy convention in an attempt to amplify unheard voices. Our festival celebrates the potential of cinema to imbue a community with excitement, critical discussion, and open-mindedness through the presentation of new artistic forms.

Each year a special guest jury hands out multiple awards.

1. We're looking for unique, independent, artist-made, subversive, weird, strange, underground, avant-garde, experimental, non-traditional films and videos! If you think your film might be "underground" (i.e. not "mainstream") in form or content, it probably is!
2. This festival focuses on short films, 30 minutes or less.
3. Multiple-projector/ expanded cinema/ installation proposals encouraged!
4. We'll watch and show any type of moving image project: narrative, documentary, experimental, animation, music video, essay, new media, etc!

Submissions Open: December 1, 2019
Final deadline: February 4th, 2020
Entry fee: $5 (students), $10 (general)

NOTE: Email us with questions and requests for waivers. Entry fee waived for filmmakers who have exhibited their work in previous editions of MUFF.

Overall Rating
  • Stephen Wardell

    Gracious hospitality and a cool venue. I was honored to have my film programmed in such an exciting, thought-provoking lineup. Thank you!

    May 2019
  • Arthur B. Senra

    Wonderful festival! Great programming and proposal. Very helpful staff.

    I hope to participate in the next editions.

    May 2019
  • What a fantastic festival! The programming strong, the venue is fun, and the sense of community couldn't be stronger. Such a great energy. The folks running the festival are incredibly kind and usually plenty of filmmakers show up. It's a really good time.

    May 2019
  • eric stewart

    absolutely one hundred percent awesomeness!

    July 2018
  • Great programming by a talented group. I really want to attend the festival in the future.

    April 2018