LOCAL FILM FESTIVALS
Wisconsin Film Festival http://www.wifilmfest.org
The Wisconsin Film Festival is presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Arts Institute in association with the Communication Arts Film Studies Program. Founded in 1999, the Festival presents 150 films in seven theaters over eight days in April.
Milwaukee Film Festival http://mkefilm.org
Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic. And it's at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a non-profit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film's mission is to communicate all of this to the city that we love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee. We seek to create a film festival in Milwaukee that is locally beloved, internationally acclaimed, and a true forum for our diverse community; to offer year-round education programs for all ages, teaching the role and power of film in the modern media landscape; to provide strategic support to filmmakers and projects; and to do our part to make better the city that has made us better. [Note: the Milwaukee Film Festival takes place in September–October.]
Chicago International Film Festival http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com
Across countries, languages and cultures, film opens a window onto new worlds, demonstrates the promise of new possibilities, and gives expression to different ways of thinking, all the while confirming our shared stories and common humanity. In 2012, we presented 127 feature films, including 21 feature-length documentaries, and 50 short subject films from more than 55 countries. Many of these films participated in competitive sections, where the highest honor is the Gold Hugo - a standard of excellence in the world of film and a true symbol of discovery. [Note: the Chicago International Film Festival takes place in October.]
LOCAL FILM ORGANIZATIONS
Film Wisconsin http://www.filmwisconsin.net
Film Wisconsin is a unique non-profit organization and public/private partnership working to create thriving Motion Picture, Television Production, and Video Game industries in the state. Wisconsin has no state film commission or official state liaison to the entertainment or gaming industries so Film Wisconsin was formed to advocate for the industry with Wisconsin’s state and local leaders, provide information and resources for the industry as well as technical assistance for individuals and organizations engaged in all aspects of film and motion production including video gaming and new media.
Northwest Chicago Film Society http://www.northwestchicagofilmsociety.org/about-us
The Northwest Chicago Film Society exists to promote the preservation of film in context. Films capture the past uniquely. They hold the stories told by feature films, but also the stories of the industries that produced them, the places where they were exhibited, and the people who watched them. We believe that all of this history—not just of film, but of 20th century industry, labor, recreation, and culture—is more intelligible when it’s grounded in unsimulated experience: seeing a film in a theater, with an audience, and projected from film stock.
NATIONAL FILM ORGANIZATIONS
Society for Cinema and Media Studies http://www.cmstudies.org
The Society for Cinema and Media Studies is the leading scholarly organization in the United States dedicated to promoting a broad understanding of film, television, and related media through research and teaching grounded in the contemporary humanities tradition.
American Film Institute http://www.afi.com
AFI is America's promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI provides leadership in film, television and digital media and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts.
Writers Guild of America http://www.wga.org
The Writers Guild Foundation was established in 1966 as a non-profit charitable corporation by a group of television and motion picture writers, members of the Writers Guild of America, West. The founding president was James. R. Webb, and early programs included the Watts Writing Workshops, tribute events and a small library of awarded-nominated screenplays and television scripts. The Foundation’s mission is to serve the community of writers and for writers to serve the community: “Through our events, outreach programs, library and archive we strive to educate and inspire as well as to promote and preserve excellence in writing and the work of writers.”
HELPFUL REFERENCE WEBSITES
Yale Film Studies http://classes.yale.edu/film-analysis
UC Berkeley Library Film Guide http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/mla.html
A FEW LEADING FILM JOURNALS
Cinema Journal http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/journals/jcj.html
Film Quarterly http://www.filmquarterly.org
Quarterly Review of Film and Video http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gqrf20/current#.Udwua9KHt8E