Meg Hamel, Film Festival Edition

Meg Hamel, Film Festival Edition

Premiere date: Apr 04, 2010

Founded in 1999, the Wisconsin Film Festival is the state’s premier film festival, in the heart of Madison our capital city.

This four-day annual festival takes place each spring in 10 downtown Madison theaters, all within walking distance. The Festival presents new American independent and world cinema (narrative, documentary, shorts, experimental,) restored classics and the work of Wisconsin filmmakers. More than 150 films and an attendance getting close to 30,000 make this a lively event that’s become a major part of our state's cultural calendar.

The festival is a program of the UW Arts Institute, a nonprofit educational unit of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Governed by arts faculty and staff, the Arts Institute represents the collective voice and strength of the arts at the university, and works to make the campus arts more visible and effective. The Arts Institute funds and supports projects with university- and community-wide impact, including artist residencies, awards and fellowships, public programs, and arts marketing and outreach.

The festival is made possible through the financial, technical and artistic contributions of many festival sponsors and partners. We hope you join us in thanking the businesses and organizations that support the festival.

In particular the dozens of volunteers who have given their time and skills over the years deserve a special round of applause!


Meg Hamel | Director/Wisconsin Film Festival

After being born, raised and educated in Madison, the former history major developed a very cultured and global taste in film in the '90s when she went to film festivals with friends she was visiting in New York and San Francisco. Since then, she has attended festivals around the world.

Meg became involved with the Wisconsin Film Festival as an event's venue and logistics manager before becoming interim festival director in 2006 and full time director in 2007.

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