Film fest

An audience listens to a Q&A in the Union South Marquee Theater at the 2017 Wisconsin Film Festival.

The ink has barely dried on their Oscar picks, and now Madison movie fans can turn to planning for their next big film event: The 2018 Wisconsin Film Festival.

The schedule for the eight-day festival, running April 5 to April 12, will be announced at on Thursday, with tickets going on sale at 11 a.m. Saturday. This year’s festival, featuring more than 140 independent features, documentaries, classic films and shorts, will take place at AMC Madison 6 as well as several UW-Madison locations, including the Marquee Theater, Chazen Museum of Art, UW-Cinematheque and, in a new addition for 2018, Shannon Hall in the UW Memorial Union.

Tickets are $10 per film for the general public, $8 for students, seniors and UW faculty and staff, and $5 for tickets to the festival’s Big Screens, Little Folks movies aimed at children. In addition, diehard festgoers can buy a $325 all-access pass that gets them into every screening and special event. Tickets will be sold at AMC Madison 6 and the Memorial Union box office, as well as online at and by phone at 265-2787.

A few of the titles already announced for this year’s festival include:

The Blood is at the Doorstep” — This powerful documentary, which won the audience award for best feature at the Milwaukee Film Festival, looks at the police shooting of Dontre Hamilton and its effect on the city of Milwaukee.

Blue Collar” — The classic film series will include a 40th-anniversary of the Richard Pryor film directed by Paul Schrader.

Brewmaster” — This documentary about the craft beer industry will likely find a Madison audience thirsty for this kind of programming.

The Guilty” — This 2018 Sundance Film Festival award-winning thriller takes place entirely inside an emergency call center.

I Am Not A Witch” — This 2018 Independent Spirit Award nominee follows an 8-year-old Kenyan girl accused of witchcraft by village elders.

Let the Sun Shine In” — French director Claire Denis, known for intense dramas and thrillers, takes a turn at romantic comedy with this film starring Juliette Binoche.

Mountains” — The latest in a new breed of nature documentaries looks at the world’s highest peaks and humans' relationship to them.

Oh Lucy!” — A timid Japanese woman takes on a brassy American alter ego with the help of a blonde wig in this effervescent comedy, co-starring Josh Hartnett.

RBG” — You just got Ginsburned as this documentary looks at the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Support the Girls” — Festival favorite Andrew Bujalski (“Computer Chess”) returns with this comedy set at a Hooters-style restaurant.

Rob Thomas is the features editor and social media editor for the Capital Times, as well as its film critic. He joined the Cap Times in 1999 and has written about movies, music, food and books.