How it began:
Location: Originally aired on Milwaukee Public Access cable channel 14. (MATA)
The Goal: To spotlight emerging artists, and give a focus to Midwest filmmakers.
Created by local and independent filmmakers, the Milwaukee Short Film Festival is proud to provide local talent with a venue for their work to be seen. Through community support, we are able to put on this festival every year.
The Milwaukee Short Film Festival was modestly formed in 1994 by Ross Bigley as a means to give area filmmakers a venue and an audience for their work. Only four films were submitted and all four were shown on the local public access station, MATA 14.
The festival was not an annual event in the begining, the next two happened periodically over the next six years with Ross becoming too busy with his own projects to continue on. So in 1999 he put the idea to rest.
In the fall of 2002 while prepping a feature film Ross was approached with the idea of bringing back the festival. With his new LLC, Old Skool Productions, he began efforts to bring back the festival and to fund it himself.
The records for the first three festival were destroyed when our storage locker flooded.
Going on memory, the first festival featured work by Chris Marks, Mark G.E. (The Phantom Limb) and Ross Bigley (Deadmen).
Please follow the sub pages for complete details on every festival from 2003 on.