Madison Public Library Hosts “Sneak Peek” of Wisconsin Film Festival

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 8:53am

Three Madison Public Library locations will offer free screenings and discussions with filmmakers

Get a head start on film festival fun at Madison Public Library! Residents across Dane County are invited to another free “Sneak Peek” preview of this year’s 20th annual Wisconsin Film Festival (April 5-12, 2018). Attendees will watch trailers for this year's films, learn about the ins and outs of the Wisconsin Film Festival from festival organizers, and take part in guided discussions about the largest campus-based film festival in the United States. 

Film screenings for adults include:

Madison Public Library – Pinney, 204 Cottage Grove Rd., Madison, WI
Friday, March 9, 7:00pm

Madison Public Library - Lakeview, 2845 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, WI
Saturday, March 10, 2:00pm

Madison Public Library – Alicia Ashman, 733 N High Point Rd., Madison, WI
Monday, March 12, 7:00pm

The excitement continues with the 6th annual Pinney Mini Film Festival on Saturday, March 17, 6:30pm at Pinney Library, 204 Cottage Grove Road, Madison. The Pinney Mini Film Festival will present four short films that screened at the 2017 Wisconsin Film Festival, as well as a Q&A with some of the filmmakers and Wisconsin Film Festival Coordinator Ben Reiser. This year’s mini festival will highlight several female filmmakers just in time to celebrate Women’s History Month, including Violet Wang, Kate Jianqing Feldt, Megan Monday, Brijetta Hall Waller, and Christina Ciano. Willy Street Co-op is generously donating refreshments.

The festival thrills don’t stop there! Crestwood art teacher Luke Bassuener and students have teamed up with The Bubbler for a hands-on stop motion animation workshop on Saturday, March 17, 2:00pm at Pinney Library. Participants will watch two short stop motion films made by Crestwood students, one of which won a Golden Badger Award at the 2017 Wisconsin Film Festival. Then, learn how easy it is to create your own stop motion short film. Children under 7 will need help from an adult. 

These events are a collaboration between Madison Public Library and the Wisconsin Film Festival, and are made possible by a generous grant from the Madison Public Library Foundation. More information at and

About Wisconsin Film Festival
The Wisconsin Film Festival is presented by the UW-Madison Arts Institute in association with the Department of Communication Arts. Founded in 1999, the Festival presents an average of 150 film screenings over 8 days every spring, making it the largest university-produced film festival in the nation. The Festival is known for its diverse film offerings: American independent, international cinema, documentaries, experimental and avant-garde, resorted classics, the Wisconsin’s Own Competition (selections featuring Wisconsin filmmakers, themes, or settings) and Children’s Cinema: Big Screens, Little Folks. We strive to make films screened during the Festival accessible for all audiences.  Follow the Wisconsin Film Festival online at, Wisconsin Film Festival on Facebook, or @wifilmfest on Twitter

About Madison Public Library
Madison Public Library’s tradition of promoting education, literacy and community involvement has enriched the City of Madison for more than 140 years.  Nine locations throughout the City of Madison are open six days per week and welcome over 2.2 million visits each year. For more information, visit, Madison Public Library on Facebook, @madisonlibrary on Twitter, and @madisonpubliclibrary on Instagram.