Unspooled Film & Animation Festival

Community event showcasing the most innovative works of film and animation by students and independent producers.
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May 9-11, 2024

Professional filmmakers rub elbows with students and members of the local community in this juried annual event held over a three-day period in Menomonie, Wisconsin that features films and animations made by regional and international independent storytellers. Films will be screened in the historic Harvey Hall Theatre


Get Your Tickets to Watch the Films

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Register today!
 Early Bird Rate
Ends April 25
Regular Rate
Weekend Film Pass 
(includes a free Unspooled t-shirt)
Daily Screenings$8/day$10/day
Student Daily Screenings$6/day$8/day

Submit your film on Film Freeway

Films must be received by April 1, 2024
Film Freeway

2023 Awards

  • Best Animated Film - Slouch, directed by Michael Bohnenstingl
  • Best Narrative Film - This Wild Abyss, directed by Thomas Mendolia
  • Best Documentary - Road Back to Glory, directed by Jacob Phillips
  • Best in the Midwest - No Such Thing, directed by Nicos Wiard
  • Best College Feature - The Way It Was, directed by Jake Keelein and Nate Kaiser
  • Best College Short - Radio Head, written and directed by Delaney Hoffman
  • Best High School Narrative Short - Packing Up, directed by Mack Martin

Students are involved in planning the festival

Last year we had over 100 submissions from student filmmakers!

2024 Schedule

Thursday, May 9 | 4-9 p.m.
Student Films & Awards
Harvey Hall Theatre

Friday, May 10 | 4-9 p.m. 
Independent Films & Awards
Harvey Hall Theatre & Brewery Nonic

Saturday, May 11 | 1-9 p.m. 
Animation Films & Awards
Harvey Hall Theatre

2023 Detailed Schedule

Plan your screening schedule and learn more about the films.