Indie Film Wisconsin Film Festival (May 2020!)

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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 And here’s that link again for you to copy/paste, just in case:

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

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 will be judging 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.

The You Tube Class Block by Jason Love

The You Tube Class Block
Improving Your YouTube Channel [Intermediate/beginner YouTube Class]
Learn how to be a YouTube star or make money from filmmaking. This course is an intermediate/beginner class covering best practices to make your YouTube channel stick out from the crowd.
Topics covered in this course include branding, upload schedules, basics of the YouTube search engine, marketing, using your analytics, and growing your channel.
Make Money on YouTube [Advanced YouTube Class]
In this course, you will learn about YouTube Ad revenue, alternative ways to make money, & how to get clients using your YouTube channel. You get to see real numbers and real-world examples of how to improve your YouTube channel and increase your income on YouTube.
The class will also cover tools to boost your views, improve your search engine optimization, and improve your videos. Other topics include Patreon, Kickstarter, and other alternative online income streams available to YouTubers.
Jason Love is an entertainer, educator, and filmmaker. His work has appeared on NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, PBS, Playful (part of Buzzfeed and NBCUniversal), and more.
Jason Love is currently working on a short documentary series entitled “Behind-the-Autism.” This series was made possible through the Racine Art Council’s Art Seed Grant.
Jason also teaches filmmaking through the Racine Creative Center and as part of Racine Case High School’s Eagle Video, Editing, and Recording (EVER). EVER is funded through an educational grant through Racine Unified School District.
You can watch Jason Love’s personal VLog at
Price TBA this is a Sponsorship Opportunity

And some self promotion

Jason Love and myself were on  TV  talking about our mafia documentary : The Milwaukee Mob

Channel 12 did a good job.


Was quite the interesting weekend, The Local Paper then a TV Station  before Jason and I showed it to a filled room in the City of Racine. Nice crowd other then the surviving son of Frank  B. coming down and being let’s say a bit upset.


Earlier in the year I made this fun reel.

Made Men Production from wayne clingman on Vimeo.