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2023 Wisconsin Film Festival at multiple venues

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - April 20 @ 10:30 pm

The film festival guide's cover art by Christina King shows a wildly decadent (and filmic easter egg-stuffed) birthday cake to commemorate the festival's 25th year.

The film festival guide’s cover art by Christina King shows a wildly decadent (and filmic easter egg-stuffed) birthday cake to commemorate the festival’s 25th year.


This year is a milestone for the Wisconsin Film Festival in a few ways. First, 2023 marks the 25th anniversary of a festival that reliably comes through with considerable heft. Second, this will be the festival’s last time holding a large portion of its screenings at Hilldale, so next year’s event will likely be a very different experience from those of the past decade. Amid all this, the festival is also taking new risks, this time in the form of a sold-out “secret screening” on April 14 at the Marquee in Union South. Programmers have kept the details of this firmly under wraps, even publishing a playfully redacted entry for the screening in this year’s festival guide.

Most years, the festival boasts more than 150 titles spanning international cinema, narrative features, documentaries, “Wisconsin’s Own” films, restored classics, experimental short films, and even some kid-friendly selections—all programmed with an eager embrace of both prestige and sleaze. Tone Madison‘s film team has been digging into the highlights over the past month, so please make sure to catch up! If you appreciate their work, help us do more of it by donating to Tone Madison. Your contributions literally help us pay these excellent writers.

Scott Gordon

Shows, screenings, and other cultural events around town, selected and previewed by Tone Madison’s writers and editors. Plus, info on upcoming Tone Madison-hosted events.


Please note: This is a small, picky calendar. It is not a comprehensive calendar. If you are looking for one, we strongly recommend visiting our friends at Madison Minutes.


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