The 2012 Film Festival ran an extra four days from the usual 11-day event, and the abounding success led to another 15-day event. There was a 40% increase in attendance over the 2011 audience, 77 sold-out film screenings, 72 post-film conversations, and 11 panel discussions. Artistic and Executive Director Jonathan Jackson shares his excitement for the upcoming season by saying,
Last year we took a gamble and extended the festival from 11 to 15 days. Milwaukee did us proud and came out strong for the entire run, including 19 sell-outs in those extra four days. We couldn't be happier to announce that we'll be back for a full 15 days again in 2013. The staff and board are hard at work cooking up a lot of good things for our milestone fifth annual festival. Stay tuned, Milwaukee.
The 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival showed 225 films from 47 countries and hosted 107 filmmakers and industry professionals. The festival was supported by 260 sponsors and community partners, and included the first ever Live Music Series, which included 20 bands at The Hotel Foster over nine nights.
The festival featured the U.S. premiere of Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney's documentary, "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God", with Gibney and several documentary subjects in attendance. The festival also featured Golden Globe nominee "Quartet" and several Oscar nominees including "Silver Linings Playbook", "The Sessions", "5 Broken Cameras", "The Invisible War", "How to Survive a Plague", and "Chasing Ice".
Photos of the festival are available on the Milwaukee Film Facebook page, http://mkefilm.org/media and Flickr page, http://www.flickr.com/photos/milwaukeefilm. For more information on the Milwaukee Film Festival 2013 Oscar nominations, visit the Milwaukee Film blog, http://mkefilm.org/theblog/mff-alums-2013-oscar-list.
The 2013 Call for Entries, festival venues, and ticket pre-sale dates will be announced in the upcoming months.