Monday, October 28, 2013

Meet the people who ran the festival: Ross Bigley

Ross Bigley is an award winning filmmaker with over 60 short films and three features to his credit. He has also worked as an editorial cartoonist, photographer, graphic designer, and as a freelance illustrator. His art work and photography have been displayed in the Fredrick Layton Gallery, Firehouse Gallery, ArtCentric Gallery, and The Warsaw Academy of Poland. Additionally, he was co-owner of the ArtCentric Gallery from 1997-99.

In 1995, he founded The Milwaukee Video/Film Festival at MATA Community Media, now called the Milwaukee Short Film Festival, and serves as President of the Board of Directors to the Milwaukee Independent Film Society. Ross also teaches filmmaking and story structure at his alma mater, The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. He also worked as a script consultant for Producers Tim Lonsdale (Species, Speed), Chris Webster (Hellraiser, Heathers), David Striet (Species, River's Edge) and performed rewrites for the production, Brain Food. Currently, he has formed a production company, Yellow Hill Investments LLC with Bai Ling and Glen Popple to develop feature films on a property he created, Yellow Hill. 

Meet the people who ran the festival: Bill Quirmbach

Bill Quirmbach, festival coordinator and secretary to the board of the MIFS, has helped produce the MSFF since 2008. He is a career professional event producer with a passion for film. Bill has experience in producing all manner of events, including theater, dance, banquets and conferences.

Meet the people who ran the festival: Stacy Callies

My name is Stacy Callies and I am a free lance Graphic Designer. I love to design for things that involve important moments in our lives. I have created wedding invitations, baby announcements, special wedding photo collaborations, business cards, business logos, website artwork, and I have had the privilege for the last 5 years to design for the Milwaukee Short Film Festival. It has been a pleasure to capture the moment of I do, hello world, entrepreneur independence, and passion of the arts for others. The Milwaukee Short Film Festival is founded by a few passionate people who put in a lot of hard work to help give other film makers a chance to shine in the spotlight and share their slice of reel life. Short film is a form of creative expression and we as people are at our best when we are creating. Cheers to your slice of reel life and may it inspire the world. 

Meet the People who ran the festival: Bernie Jbaines

Bernie Jbaines AKA "The Midwest Movie Maven", and @MidwestMMaven is a digital maverick based in Milwaukee, WI. after years in the medico-legal and self funded employer insurance industries a health related shift was made. Two plus years were spent working hands on with the staff and students of Mount Mary (College) University Media Communications Department. Bernie’s media avocation and interest evolved into a social media contributor of film, multicultural, multimedia arts and socio-cultural content.

In 2012, Bernie Jbaines began volunteering for (African American Film Festival Releasing Movement) whose mission is anchored by the passion and prowess of our founding film festivals, empowering diverse independent filmmakers with collaborative, simultaneous theatrical distribution in multiple markets. Bernie is a digital “buzz” facilitator on Facebook, Twitter and beyond.

Bernie also practices advocacy for the inclusion of Milwaukee & WI for notional, first run, Midwaest filmmaker and multicultural content release. In this ongoing effort Bernie puts special emphasis with communication to major studios with regards to WI & Midwest productions. She also seeks and disseminates information to maintain a sustainable industry of Independent and artful filmmakers for Southeast WI. She is also an advocate for the empowering of women and multicultural inclusion in all levals of filmmaking.

Bernie is part of the Women In Film Los Angeles-Social Media Squad, and recently submitted a written proposal and is awaiting determination for an unprecedented Social Media Membership level access with Women In Film-National. Bernie also serves as Social Media Group Moderator for Midwest Multicultural Media Madness. Since 2012 Bernie has been a Meetup Organizer for the Midwest Multicultural & The Milwaukee Movie Fans Meetup Groups.  She nurtures, encourages and shares Industry information for the uplift and betterment of WI and National Independent Film organizations and taking each day as an opportunity to live and to learn. I am thankful for the opportunity to participate for 2013 in support of Milwaukee Independent Film Society and this #MKESFF2013!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

2013 MKE Short Film Festival winners

What a great year, so many fantastic films. We thank our filmmakers, our supporters and those who came out.    

Here are this year's winners.
Time 2 Split
by Fabrice Bracq
Mason Jelly Jar
by Van Campbell III
2nd Place/Honorary Mention
Night in a Hotel
by Daniel Kontur
Best Director
Michael Viers
(From The Darkness Theatre)

Best Ensemble
Melon Head
Best Actor
Michael Denk
(From The Darkness Theatre)
Best Actress
Leopoldine Huyghues-Despointes
(Atlantic Ave.)
Artistic Acheivement
The Cucaranchula
by Kate Balsey 

Audience Favorite
From The Darkness Theatre

Again, a great year. It was a difficult year for our judges with scores being so close.

See you next year.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Advanced Tickets for 15th Annual Milwaukee Short Film Festival

Purchase Tickets
To buy advance tickets we set up these Paypal options.

First: Use Firefox rather than Windows Internet Explorer. We find that Windows gets twitchy when using Paypal.

Second: Tickets will be tracked and held at the door. When going to your preferred show specify at the door the name in which the tickets were purchased under, the show (Fri 6:30pm, Sat 7pm , etc), the number of tickets bought and please bring your confirmation email as well.

Third: Be sure that you pick the right block of films. Tickets will be sold singly, pairs, sets of three,   four and five. If you need more than five you will have to go back in and purchase more. We are sorry if you have to do that, but we find people don't usually buy more than 4 or 5. There will be tickets sold at the door as well.

Fourth: There is no credit card purchases on site, cash only sales. The Milwaukee Art Museum does have ATM's on the premises.

Finally: The Milwaukee Art Museum charges $8 to park in the lots, but there is plenty of free parking on the street during the weekend. Please keep that in mind.

Fri. Session 1: (6:30pm)  OPENING NIGHT EVENT!!  A World of Difference , Girls Season 38, Life, Hurricane Bonnie, Snowglobe , It Was Wonderful, Rock Doc: Die Kreuzen,  Spaghetti für Zwei, Love You Still. Pace-setter awards.
Door Sales only.

Sat. Session 2: (NOON) The Librarian and The Banjo.

Sat. Session 3: (1:15 pm) World View: Bishtar Az Do Saat (More Than Two Hours), To Dream Away, Lean on Me , Le Herisson De Verre (The Glass Hedgehog), Rojo, To Hell, With Love, Junggesellin (Bachelorette), 蜜月套房 (Honeymoon Suite)  

Sat. Session 4: (3:15pm) Donna Ray, White Carpet, Why Fly-A Hot Air Affair, Foreclosure, Unknown Caller, Gun Point, Super Fun Sunshine Gun, Once an Afternoon, While it Lasts.

Sat. Session 5: (5:15 pm) People Aren't All Bad, Temenos , Tlaoc, Lumininosity, Into the Tangerine Parlor, Coffee or Tea, A Hard Life, Catalyst, Six Letter Word, Hide and Go Seek.

Sat Session 6: (7pm) Juried Films. Night in A Hotel, Le Train Bleu, Melon Head, Mitt Forra Liv,  Parfois, Atlantic Avenue, Olivia, Time 2 Split, The Cucaranchula,  Mason Jelly Jar, From The Darkness Theatre 

Feature Films:

The Wayward Sun Friday Oct 25th 9:15pm

Petty Cash (Free) Saturday Oct 26th 9:15pm

Monday, October 7, 2013

2013 Films: Why Fly - A Hot Air Affair

Why Fly - A Hot Air Affair by Roger Bindl
Waunakee, WI (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 4  Minutes
Screening Time: Oct 26th  3:15pm

Tickets $10.00 Buy Tickets Here:

John Trione, a hot air balloon pilot, goes through the process of flying hot air balloons... the setup, flying, competition, comradery, and in the cold.

Director Bio:
Roger Bindl is a technologist, writer, videographer, video editor, and athlete that studied and mixes tech and art in work and everyday life.

Roger's video productions include "The Best of Hard Times" (best depiction of the era award at MN Historical Society film project), Miss Micky (audience award), Shepherd Pie with a Change (Kraft cooking video award), Occupying Spaces (ProjectED finalist award), Building Towers (Mke 24 Hr film project selection), and more at