The Wildwood Film Festival is dedicated to fostering Wisconsin film talent. We give film makers a place to exhibit their work and serve the public with workshops and educational experiences. Over our history we have programmed more than 500 short and feature length films.

If you were ever part of this great place we call Wisconsin, we would love to have you submit a film. Wisconsin has been and still is home to some wonderfully creative people and we would love to have you showcase your work with us.

"Celebrating Wisconsin Film Talent" for over nineteen years!

Our categories are judged by a panel including college film school educators, writers, cinematographers, and local media.

"Best of" each category is awarded.

We've recognized filmmakers with the "Nate Haben Award" which is given to up-and-coming filmmakers.

Films/film makers must have a connection to the state of Wisconsin to qualify to screen at our event. This is what makes our event unique!

- A member of the creative team (writer, director or producer) is a past or present Wisconsin resident.
- Lead actor/actress is a past or present Wisconsin resident
- The film was filmed and/or produced in Wisconsin.

Overall Rating
  • Great venue and program. For the price to be there you are getting more in return in regards of networking and creative discussion. I left inspired.

    April 2019
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  • Jenna Cornell

    Loved the festival! It's the only one that showcases Wisconsin filmmakers and there were many incredible films I was able to see. Communication from the festival was great and I was honored to premiere my spoken word film that weekend.

    June 2018
  • Melonie Gartner

    This festival is very near and dear to my heart and, in my opinion, one of the most popular in Wisconsin. As usual, great lineup. The fancy Wrap Party was a bonus. They outdid themselves again this year!

    February 2018
  • Mark Kerins

    A fun Wisconsin-centered festival. Good screening venue, and I love that there's only one screening going on at a time so everyone's together. Great communication throughout the process running up to the fest (even accommodating when I wanted to switch out a video file after the deadline), professionally run, and Q&A at each screening.

    The Saturday after-party is a must, had free food and beer and most of the filmmakers stuck around to mingle and chat with each other and the audience. Only minor knock is that the quality of films varied pretty dramatically; on the other hand each block had some gems and there's a sort of charm to the way they try to get a mix of experienced filmmakers, students, and even those taking their first stab at making a film - it's a place where everyone is encouraging and welcoming, and wants film to feel accessible rather than like something only experts can do.

    February 2018