The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2018

Milwaukee LGBT Festival

November 2-12, 2018  / Milwaukee, WI /

With open and closing night screenings at the historic Oriental Theatre (which, incidentally, holds the record for longest consecutive Rocky Horror Picture Show running), this fest has been around for over three decades, showcasing the best in LGBT cinema from narratives, to docs, and more experimental video pieces. Swag bags often include personalized pieces like a comfy hoodie a panelist swears “seemed to be something they brought from a store.” Presented by the film department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, this long-running fest recognizes the impact that can be formed from year-round programming. It collaborates on Community Frames, a local initiative “that aims to celebrate the form of film and highlight it in a gallery setting while exploring themes of community, identity, and voice” where Wu Tsang’s 2012 documentary Wildness was presented this past summer as part of the exhibition.

Downer Theater, a flagship venue of Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival 2017. Photograph courtesy of Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival

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  1. Sam

    August 18, 2018 at 10:16 am

    CiNEWORX is proud to Sponsor and Partner with SFF for 5 years running providing Digital Content (DCPS) for the Fest! Congrats SFF for making it 3 years running as one of the top 25 COOLEST FILM FESTIVALS to attend.

  2. ron

    July 10, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    How about calling it “Our reviewers 25 favorite festivals” — for these are festivals that your jury has presumably been to and likes — and that’s fine. To call it the world’s 25 coolest is a wee bit presumptuous, no?

  3. Duncan Putney

    July 9, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Have you heard about the Flickers – Children’s Hospitals International Film Festival (CHIFF)? This new and growing festival provides a free program of new and amazing short films to the patients of children’s hospitals in the US and Canada (and soon Europe) and its the kids who vote on the award winners at each two week hospital event. CHIFF is part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival. CHIFF was recently endorsed by the US Surgeon General who said that great films are great medicine. How cool is that? You can find CHIFF on Facebook and Twitter using @FlickersCHIFF.

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