The 2021 Milwaukee Film Festival will be earlier than normal.
It’ll also be largely online, just like the 2020 festival.
Milwaukee Film, the nonprofit organization that operates the event, announced Monday that the 13th annual film festival will run May 6-20, vs. the September and October dates the festival has occupied the previous 12 years.
And because efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic will still be in motion next spring, the 2021 will be “primarily, or possibly exclusively, virtual,” Milwaukee Film CEO Jonathan Jackson said in a statement.
Milwaukee Film has considered moving the festival from fall to spring in the past. Jackson said that doing so means that, going forward, the film festival would be during a time of year in Milwaukee that’s friendlier to standing in line as well as holding other events.
For 2021, it also could mean that, if conditions improve on the COVID front in Milwaukee, it could borrow a page from other film festivals that pivoted to virtual this year and add some drive-in screenings. Updates on the possibility of in-person events at the 2021 festival are expected to be announced in April.
Milwaukee Film reported “attendance” of 66,286 for the all-online 2020 festival, which featured more than 200 movies and related events. (The in-person 2019 festival had a record attendance of 87,618.)
Passes for the 2021 Milwaukee Film Festival, at $140 or $75 for Milwaukee Film members, go on sale Tuesday at mkefilm.org.