We’re Still Here! IFWFF Update + Tentative Festival Schedule

Hi, Everyone!

I kept putting off making an update until I knew something “for sure;” however, in these strange times, it seems like no one knows anything “for sure” anymore… So, rather than continuing to keep you in the dark, I’m going to share what I think I know.

The only thing I do know for sure:

The Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival is STILL HAPPENING!

We’re also pretty sure we know where (we had to change venues again!). But the “when” is still up in the air due to COVID-19 concerns.

We have found a new home for IFWFF! The new venue is the Parkview Playhouse featuring The Little Bakery Players at 932 South 12th Street Manitowoc, Wisconsin. This location is currently undergoing extensive renovations to transform it into a fantastic playhouse community theater.

As for the hotel… We haven’t been able to book a block of rooms (yet) due to pandemic safety-related orders from the State of Wisconsin. Until those orders are lifted/change, it’s impossible for us to put any rooms on hold for the event. Hopefully that’ll change soon.

As for when the festival will be held: That’s up to the State of Wisconsin. We were hoping for May, but that’s clearly not going to happen. We’re looking to our government for clues, but they haven’t given us many.

As of now, we’re thinking (hoping!) that the Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival will be allowed to happen in late June. Maybe early July.

Boy, I wish I knew more and could give exact dates! Unfortunately, that’s not possible right now. As SOON as I’m told what’s going on, I’ll tell you.

Whenever we’re finally told we can hold the festival, it will be a 4-day event VS the original 3-day event! By then I think the city of Manitowoc will be very happy to be able to see the great films from around the world we are planning to show. After everything that’s been going on, we could all use an extra day of entertainment!

Again, I apologize for not having exact dates for the festival yet. However, this is the proposed schedule for the 4-day extravaganza whatever the dates end up being:

  • Thursday 1PM -10PM
  • Friday 1PM – 11PM
  • Saturday 1PM – 11PM
  • Sunday 1 PM – 8PM

We can’t share the films being shown (yet); however, as always, “mature” films will be shown after 8PM each night. Although not pornographic, those are the films with adult themes (language, violence, etc.) you probably shouldn’t take your kiddos to. That said, once the final program is released, all of the films will include a description so you can choose what to watch at your own discretion and to your personal taste.

We’re all disappointed how 2020 has turned out thus far. And I’m saddened and frustrated I don’t have a more “concrete” update to share. However, I remain optimistic and I know that whenever the IFWFF is allowed to show, it will be amazing. I’m truly excited about the quality and variety of films that were submitted this year and I can’t wait to share them!

As soon as I know anything, I’ll make another update. Until then… Hang in there! And know that the festival WILL happen.

—Wayne Clingman

Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival (May 2020!)

Is this thing on…?

Hello, Film Fans!

It’s been a while since I’ve made an update and I deeply apologize for that. I’m still highly active online (mostly on Twitter — follow me, if you haven’t already!), but I always end up neglecting my blog.

In all honesty, I’ll probably end up neglecting it again after this entry. For micro-updates about events AS they happen (or are in the process of happening), Twitter is where the action is. For BIG updates, I’ll do my best to post here.

Today, for example, warrants a BIG update!

Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival Banner

Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival is BACK!

Actually, that’s “old” news at this point. I announced the return of the Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival last April. However, seeing as it’s been a while since that update: I’m happy to announce that it’s, indeed, still back! And it’s looking better than ever.

Our “deadline” for submissions was Dec. 31st 2019… But, since there’s been so much interest, we’ve added a “late” deadline for February 14th 2020 and an “extended” (Last chance!!) deadline for March 31st 2020.

If you’d like to submit your film, please use our official Festival website on FilmFreeway.com. And here’s that link again for you to copy/paste, just in case: https://filmfreeway.com/IndieFilmWisconsinFilmFestival

After March 31st, that’s it! No more submissions.

At this time, we have over 120 projects submitted from 17 different countries — with more being submitted every day.

We’ve already started watching the entries submitted May – December 2019, but we need to ensure we have time to watch any “late bloomer” entries as well. If you miss the last 2020 deadline, you’re always welcome to submit your film for the 2021 festival!

The New Venue, Hotel Information, and Bonus Events!

The second annual Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival is being held at a new location. We’re hosting the event at the RCC.

Racine Creative Center
440 Main St.
Racine, WI 53404

Racine Creative Center

Our new location gives us an area to have classes within the same building we’re showing films in, allowing us to not only entertain but educate. If all goes as planned, we should have a few classes about filmmaking and screenwriting available for attendees who want to learn more about how to make their own independent films! Those classes/workshops showings will be listed here as they become known.

If you’re interested in teaching a class during the Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival (IFWFF), please email Wayne Clingman (me) at indiefilmwisconsinff@gmail.com

We also relocated to support the efforts to bring life to the Downtown area. The Racine Creative Center (RCC) is using this event as a fundraiser. The RCC is also handling the event tickets (that information should be out late March).

This event is part of Spring Film Days of Racine led off by Animation Celebration Fest the weekend prior, the following week leading up to IFWFF. Events hosted by IFWFF during this week are “pass the hat” to help pay for use of the space.

Coming in from out of town? There’s a hotel about half a mile away:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Racine Harbourwalk
223 Gas Light Cir.
Racine, WI 53403

Double Tree by Hilton in Racine

We’ll see about reserving a block of rooms closer to the event.

There may be construction in the area during the month of the event. We’re still waiting to find out for sure. We’ll pass that information along as soon as we obtain it. As for parking, there’s very limited on-street parking; however, there’s a large multistory parking lot close at hand (parking runs about $0.60/hour).

For bonus fun, We’ll be holding a meet-and-greet on Friday, May 1st as well as a closing party on Sunday, May 3rd. Times and locations TBA — they’ll both be at one of the film-friendly bars in the area.

Judges, Awards, and Programs!

As with the previous IFWFF, filmmaker Jason Love and I will be “Master” judges (we’ll be making the final decisions regarding awards) for feature films, short films, animations, and music videos.Scriptophobic Logo

In April 2019, we happily announced the addition of Zack Long of Scriptophobic as the “Master” judge for screenplays!

Before anything reaches us, we have a team of other judges sorting through everything, helping to decide which films make the cut and should be shown during the Festival.

Although many of our “gatekeeper” judges wish to remain anonymous, I’m pleased to announce that Lauren Spear of HorrorFam.com will be judging HorrorFam.com logosubmissions to the horror/sci-fi category.

Ms. Spear will be watching each and every submission to the category and then passing them along to us with her notes.

Reminder: Attempting to bribe or harass any IFWFF judge before, after, or during the Festival will result in immediate disqualification of your project. It also makes the Elder Gods (and me!) extremely angry. Don’t do it.

We have hundreds of submissions every year, but only have time to show around 60 of them.  Of those 60+, awards will be given to the BEST of the best. The awards are given for:

  • Best Film
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Director
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Short
  • Best Animated Short
  • Best Music Video
  • Independent Spirit Award
  • Feature Screenplay Competition Winner
    • Feature Screenplay Competition 1st Runner Up
    • Feature Screenplay Competition 2nd Runner Up
  • Feature Screenplay Finalist
    • Short Screenplay Competition Winner
    • Short Screenplay Competition 1st Runner Up
    • Short Screenplay Competition 2nd Runner Up
    • Short Screenplay Competition Finalist.

After the films to be shown during the IFWFF are programed and listed, films for mature audiences will be scheduled for after 8:00 PM and marked with an “M.” Note: All films are not for all people!

That’s all for now! I’ll post again before the big event. In the meantime, submit your films and/or screenplays via Film Freeway and follow along with the fun on Twitter.

August Derleth Rocks


Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival (IFWFF) is happy to announce today that they will be creating a series of short 10 minute shows using the strange in Southeast Wisconsin to help promote the August Derleth Film Festival.

Mr Clingman, Director of IFWFF, spoke about the announcement: “With so much strange and mysterious lore in South Eastern Wisconsin, from stone pyramids rumored to be in the Rock River to “The Void” in Burlington to what I have been told is proof of the Knights of the Golden Circle in Racine, I can think of no better way to make use of all these strange tales we’ve heard around the campfire and on overcast nights. The series will help promote the August Derleth Film Festival, which is aiming to be not only Wisconsin’s most entertaining horror film festival but to help telling the kinds of stories Mr. Derleth wrote himself.”
Mr. Clingman went on to explain the kinds of stories he was talking about: “This of this series as Kolchak: The Night Stalker meets Fred Olen Ray and you’ll have a basic idea of how much fun the series will be.” Mr. Clingman plans to make use of participants of IFWFF’s upcoming filmmaking classes/networking events at the Actor’s Craft 7th Avenue Theatre & Acting Studio which begin in mid-May.
Those interested in learning more of seeing what opportunities are available are encouraged to contact Mr. Clingman at wclingman@wi.rr.com. Must be 18 years or older.

Call for action on incentives

Director Wayne Clingman with a visiting California film maker at the 1st Festival


Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival plans to have a day and time set in the Kenosha area to host a meeting to discuss the state of film incentives in Wisconsin, and the steps needed to go forward to bring this matter to the state legislature, by the end of the week. The plan is to invite leadership from both parties, as well the Governor’s office, to attend. To that end we are insisting that all in attendance are treated with respect.

This is an effort to do what we can to move forward, since for whatever reason any previous effort has gone nowhere.

We are aiming for the latter part of May or early June.


FYI: I was the man who called the first meeting of what would create the film incentives then form the first group to be Film Wisconsin/

Zack Long Joins The Festival !

We’d like to welcome Zack Long, editor-in-chief of Scriptophobic, as Press Director for the Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival. Mr. Long will be handling press releases, as well as helping in the editorial area of the festival.

In the time I have to know Mr. Long, I cannot think of a better person to provide the ever needed assistance in these vital roles.

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Long aboard. Screenwriters should take the opportunity to visit Zack’s webpage at Scriptophobic.ca


News flash from Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival

Mr. Clingman, director of the Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival, announced today that the call for entry for this year’s festival will be open 4/15/2019 and that the film showing from this call for entries will be shown May 1-3, 2020, at the 7th Street Theatre at 4900, Seventh Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53141-0456.
The change from the Town Cinema in Watertown was due to their being better infrastructure for holding a festival in Kenosha by its proximity to Three Collages, as well as Milwaukee. “This allows for more people to be able to partake in the event,” Mr. Clingman offered. “I am thankful for the use of the Towne Cinema and to the cinema manager and staff for allowing the Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival to have our first showings there.”
Mr. Clingman continued, “One of the significant improves we are making for the coming year is the hosting of a Friday Night Mixer within walking distance of the venue. Perhaps what I am most excited about is the upcoming filmmaking classes and networking events to be helf at the 7th Street Theatre. These will start in May and will take place the third Saturday of the month (with the exact time to be announced).” Mr Clingman went on to say that he is planning to bring in a wide variety of people to teach classes and will encourage anyone interested in filmmaking to attend for a change to learn more, share what they know, and to meet fellow filmmakers from around the area.
As one filmmaker, Alejandro Montoya Marin (director of Monday and winner of Best Director and Best Film) said, “This festival is def going places. Great people, hosts, atmosphere and films. They care about the filmmaker and it shows. I will be returning here for sure.”
For more information on the Call for Entry, please visit https://filmfreeway.com/IndieFilmWisconsinFilmFestival
Mr. Clingman can be reached by email at indiefilmwisconsinff@gmail.com

And The Winners Are :

Awards for 2018 Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival Held at The Towne Cinema Watertown WI.

Feature Screenplays

Best Screenplay: We Built Castles by Nick and Matt Giordano

First Runner Up: The Last Battle by Bryan Kimmey

Second Runner Up: Maria Isabella Silvalessa by Hunter Ridgway

Short Screenplays

Best Short Screenplay: The Buffinator by John Maslowski

First Runner Up: Office Guns by Mark Allard-Will

Feature Films

Best Film: Monday by Alejandro Montoya Marin

Best Director: Alejandro Montoya Marin for Monday

Feature Documentary: Shattered Dreams: Sex Trafficking in America by Bill Wisneski

Short Films

Best Short: First Kill by Elisabeth Hayward

Best Animated Short: Hoan Alone: Personal Stories from the Bridge by Aaron Johnson

Best Music Video: Miracles by Cam Be

Independent Spirit Award(s)

Skin: The Movie by Ronn Kilby

The Delta 1-9 by Bryan Kimmey

Mount Liptak by Ryan Allsop

Wisconsin Filmmaker to Watch For

Earl Martin

Zack Long Hero of Film

In the last year events in my life got damn strange, a few steeped up to help in a big way.

One of them is Zack Long.  I like everyone to know more about his efforts in helping in film/writing, if you can use his services please do

was launched by Zack Long with the express purpose of providing articles and resources to screenwriters that love playing within genre – horror, sci-fi, fantasy, action, etc. As well as the free articles and podcasts on the site, Mr. Long also uses as a way to market his screenwriting services: from detailed screenplay notes on character, theme, plot, writing and more, to 1-on-1 lessons and even a four week course on writing the short film, Mr. Long strives to help writers tell the best story they can (and the weirder, the better!). Mr. Long is also the author of Scream Writing: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing the Horror Screenplay, which is expected to be out through Static Pen Publishing by third quarter 2019.

The Call is over the judging has began !

Wayne Clingman


Founder Wayne Clingman invites you to the very first Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival, at The Towne Cinema,  308 East Main Street, Watertown, Wisconsin 53094 on 4/19–4/21. The aim of the festival is to show fun and well crafted movies, to connect talented filmmakers to an audience that might have otherwise not discovered them.


Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival is happy to have as judges: Dr. Dean Bertum, PHD, director of Midwest Weirdfest Wisconsin and Night of Horror Sydney; Dr. Kate Devlin, PHD, artificial intelligence Academic King’s Collage London; Adam Kelly, SVP Herefort Films London; Casey Robert McBride, composer/musician; Gavin Schmitt, Wisconsin author/historian; and Kelly Marie Murtha, actress/producer.


Tickets are as follows:

$4 per block

$10 for full day

$30 for weekend pass.


Out of the 80 films entered we look forward to a wonderfully entertaining program for this inaugural festival. attendees are invited, at no extra cost, to attend a class on “How to Set Up a ROKU Channel for Film Makers,” by Glenn Popple, owner of Fractured Media (Milwaukee), on Saturday 4/20. Mr. Kelly, SVP of Herefort Films London, will also be doing a Skype call to speak on his background as film criticism to short film producer and now SVP of a large film studio before 30. These talks are aimed at helping those interested in self distribution and streaming outlets to get a basic idea of the struggles involved and the steps to building a solid foundation. Mr. Kelly’s story in particular shows that many opportunities exist within film that can lead to amazing things if pursued.


For more information, Mr. Clingman can be reached by email at indiefilmwisconsinff@gmail.com; through phone at 262-221-3124; his Twitter at https://twitter.com/Indiefilmwisco1; or through the festival’s website https://indiefilmwisconsin.com.

More programming and content is being arranged everyday so make sure to keep an eye out for updates!