Emerge Into the Milwaukee Film Festival 2022

Zara Agustin Jardon, Reporter

The 13th annual Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by Associated Bank will be held during the spring of 2022. Tickets are on sale now either in person or through virtual screening. It’s eight dollars for general admission and five dollars for members. 


Purchasing a pass gives people the chance to see every virtual film and it is a way to support the nonprofit Milwaukee Film. 


Price: $160 ($90 for Members) through May 5, 2022; $175 ($100 for Members) through May 6-20. The Milwaukee Film Festival includes showings of documentaries, features, shorts, as well as stories from distant and local stories. 


Programs from the Film Festival include American Independents, a showcase exploring modern Americans in which the “where” is just as important and the “who” and ‘what”. 


Another program that will be presented, Cine Sin Fronteras (Cinema Without Borders) aims to speak on the stories from around the world including Latinx, Chicanx, Latin American, Indigenous, and Afro-Latinx communities.


Sean Milinkin, an Arrowhead sophomore, says, “I think it sounds interesting because it would be an opportunity for me to learn more about the societal perspectives of people different from me and see how other people from different backgrounds and with different experiences see the world.”


Since 2009, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival has created cinematic experiences for film fans and filmmakers to celebrate cinema with different education programs about cultures and communities. Their goal is to create a more empathetic and equitable place through their film.


Marielle Allschwang, the education manager for Milwaukee Film said, “We at Milwaukee Film are a local nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging the community through cinematic experiences. Though we might be best known for our annual Milwaukee Film Festival, we have so much more to offer. From our Cultures & Communities initiative working to prioritize diverse cultural perspectives and lived experiences through Black Lens, Cine Sin Fronteras, and GenreQueer, to our high school filmmaking course, and Teen Screen Programming Committee dedicated to selecting films for teens, by teens, there is a place for everyone to find connection and inspiration through film.”


Onesti Ekholm, a junior says, “I already have tickets and am planning on attending. I am really excited to watch diverse documentaries and learn about different perspectives. I think this is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to educate themselves about different people and the way they live their lives.”


Documentary Festival Favorites like, GenderQueer, spotlight documentary and fiction flimaking that explores the voices and experiences of LGBTQ+ cinema. Teen Screen investigates the stories of young people living vast lives while sharing the same goal: becoming the truest and most genuine versions of themselves.