Start the fest with Wisconsin's Own Short Films!
Set against the vibrant and colorful backdrop of developing West African countries, Circle of Defense (COD) is a short format documentary about the ongoing fight to eradicate polio and other preventable, life-threatening diseases and how that health infrastructure should be maintained to task shift to other infectious outbreaks, such as Ebola. Polio and Ebola-survivors in the film drive home this urgent need.
City Swim is a short documentary that chronicles the first open river swim in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 75+ years. The film celebrates the renewed health of the Milwaukee River while telling the stories of the swimmers who participated in this historic swim.
A story of loss turns into a season of triumph when the Cambridge High football players head to the championships in this touching documentary of a community's efforts to heal after the death of a close friend and teammate Dustin "Dozer" Zuelsdorf.
Mittens is the heartfelt journey of a pair of red mittens, created by grandmother and gifted to granddaughter.
A Chinese folktale, animated and retold by the 2018-19 fourth grade classes at Crestwood Elementary school in Madison WI. The students wrote the script, drew the storyboards, acted out the voice parts, and did the animation in art class, while the fifth graders composed and performed the score across the hall in the music room.