Sunday, September 13, 2015

2015 Award Winning Films

What an incredible year, with 530+ submitted, 53 films picked and shown over Sept 11th and 12th, this is what won. We would like to thank all the filmmakers who took the time to send us their films because it was a difficult selection process, we would also like to thank the judges for doing the hard work. The scores were very close this year. We must thank our sponsors because without them there wouldn't be a festival. And much gratitude to Comedy Sportz for allowing us to be at their establishment when our venue, the Milwaukee Art Museum pulled our date. 

Also, credit must be given to MKE Production Rental for supplying us the AV equipment. Lastly, I must acknowledge those that assisted this weekend, our volunteers Jeff and Julie, our photographer Darianne Edwards, our Marketing Director Krystal Hardy, the hosts Natasha Nafrini, Mikal Floyd-Pruitt, Anthony Myers, our designer Stacy Callies, Glen Popple our tech guy, Bill Qurimbach the co-director and finally Rubin Whitmore II who pulled together our new program, Voices Heard. For the first time local multi-cultural filmmakers in our community have an outlet for their work. All in all a great year, with sell out shows on Friday and filled to capacity shows Saturday night. 
Here are this year's winners:


 This category had a tie.


Cast: JoLane Lentz, Amie Barsky, Carlo Ramierz, Paul Whittmann, Justin Wade, Kevin Larsen and Rajan Dharni


And our first Voices Heard event curated by Rubin Whitmore II had their own awards:

See you next year!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

MSFF 2015 Voices Heard Judges

We are pleased to announce the judges for our inaugural presentation of Voices Heard.


James Causey
(Journalist | JSOnline)


Dr. Demond Means
(Superintendent | Mequon/Theinsville School Dostrict)


George Tillman, Jr.
(Hollywood Director)


Marcia Wright Tillman
(Acting Coach)

Sierra Shea (Festival Coordinator | 48hr Film Project-Madison)

Dr. Chia Vang

(Professor UW-Milwaukee Hmong Cultural Studies)


Alma Velez

 (Corporate Development | American Heart Association)