Milwaukee Film is thrilled to announce the return of the beloved Milwaukee Film Festival for its 16th year, running from April 11th to April 25th. This year’s festival not only marks a significant milestone in its history but also celebrates the continuation of a cherished partnership, as Associated Bank proudly extends its sponsorship for another three years.

The festival, which has become a cornerstone event for film enthusiasts across the region, will showcase an eclectic mix of films from local, national, and international filmmakers. In addition to the highly anticipated screenings, the festival will offer panel discussions and filmmaker Q&As enhancing the communal experience of cinema.

"We are overjoyed to celebrate the 16th annual Milwaukee Film Festival, a testament to the vibrant culture and passionate film-loving community in our city," said Anne Reed, Interim CEO of Milwaukee Film. "Our ongoing partnership with Associated Bank, now extended for three more years, reflects our shared commitment to enriching Milwaukee's cultural landscape and supporting the arts."

Associated Bank’s sponsorship extension comes at a pivotal time, enabling Milwaukee Film to continue its mission of fostering a rich community of film lovers and creators.

“Our passion for Milwaukee runs deep at Associated Bank, so we are thrilled to continue our partnership with Milwaukee Film,” said Marilka Vélez, Senior Vice President and Senior Director Marketing at Associated Bank. “Our extended sponsorship reaffirms our commitment to nurturing local talent, fostering cultural vibrancy, and promoting the transformative power of the arts. Together with Milwaukee Film, we embrace the opportunity to empower storytellers and inspire audiences, underscoring Milwaukee’s dedication to building a more vibrant and inclusive community for all.”

This year’s festival also welcomes the historic Downer Theatre, expanding the festival’s footprint and offering attendees more opportunities to experience the magic of cinema. Along with the new venue the festival features 300 films from 61 different countries with 55% of feature films directed by women or non-binary identifying directors. The full programming lineup is now available online with printed program books available in early April. 

The Milwaukee Film Festival invites film enthusiasts and newcomers alike to join in celebrating the art of film. Festival passes and ticket packages are available now, with a full schedule of screenings and events to be announced shortly. For more information about the Milwaukee Film Festival and to purchase tickets, please visit



About Milwaukee Film

Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences, with a vision to make Milwaukee a center for film culture. Milwaukee Film operates the magnificent Oriental Theatre, and the iconic Downer Theatre, two historic cinemas committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. The 16th annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held April 11 - April 25, 2024. For more information or to become a member visit


About Associated Bank

Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) has total assets of $41 billion and is the largest bank holding company based in Wisconsin. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Associated is a leading Midwest banking franchise, offering a full range of financial products and services from nearly 200 banking locations serving more than 100 communities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. The company also operates loan production offices in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio and Texas. Associated Bank, N.A. is an Equal Housing Lender, Equal Opportunity Lender and Member FDIC. More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at