Driftless Film Festival

We’ll Want For Nothing

A hardened rancher struggles to conceal a devastating loss from her sister.

No God, No Master

When a series of package bombs shows up on the doorsteps of prominent politicians and businessmen in the summer of 1919, U.S. Bureau of Investigation Agent William Flynn (David Strathairn) is assigned the task of finding those responsible. He becomes immersed in an investigation that uncovers an anarchist plot to destroy democracy. Inspired by true . . . 

The Call

A solitary man is called out of retirement to help an old friend.

Collecting Killers

A collector by the name of John Stavola reveals that his collection is not ordinary. He collects murderabilia and goes into detail about what got him to collect and why he does it.

Sometimes I Think About Dying

Lost on the dreary Oregon coast, Fran finds solace in her cubicle, listening to the constant hum of officemates and occasionally daydreaming to pass the time. She is ghosting through life, unable to pop her bubble of isolation, when a friendly new coworker, Robert, persistently tries to connect with her. Though it goes against every . . . 

Cottage Grove

A young man struggles to communicate with his stroke-afflicted father, and at the same time, stay true to himself.


Overwhelmed with the pressures of high school. Iggy Fransisco attempts to make friends and is rejected. A classmate Abigail notices this and offers her friendship to Iggy.

Yes Repeat No

Three actors audition to play the Palestinian-Jewish actor and activist, Juliano Mer-Khamis, a former IDF paratrooper who defiantly identified as “100% Palestinian and 100% Jewish.” During a tense rehearsal meant to determine which of them is most suited to authentically portray Juliano Mer-Khamis, the three Julianos find their sense-of-self fractured and disrupted.


When Finn and Sam meet to celebrate the life of Lily — Sam’s dead wife — a Freudian slip by Finn creates an awkward moment that Sam initially brushes off as a mistake that even Lily would appreciate. But the comment haunts Sam and he needles Finn for the truth over an evening of drinks . . . 

This Much We Know

Grieving the suicide of a friend, Frances Henderson heads to Las Vegas, the suicide capitol of the nation to seek answers. There she learns about the shocking suicide of a teenage boy. While investigating the boy's suicide and the suicide epidemic further she learns that the city is also burdened by a national problem scrambling . . . 

A Cloudy Moon

Nick is looking forward to reuniting with his best friend from High School, but regrets a slip of the tongue on a phone call he wants to take back. 🏅 Top Film — Yes We Cannes International Competition

The Gatekeeper

New owners of a small-town building discover an ancient secret in the walls of its basement.

Driftless Short Film Series

The Driftless Short Film Series continues DFF’s tradition of highlighting groundbreaking short films during the festival. This year’s series features selections from the Madison chapter of this year's 48 Hour Film Project. This event is part of a global event that takes place on different weekends in more than 100 cities throughout the year. In . . . 

Curse Breakers

Mary is a young, resilient, and loving Black woman. While grocery shopping with her two kids, she encounters her childhood sexual abuser. This story unveils three generations of women who deal with generational trauma. This short film echoes a common narrative of Black communities in real life.

My Hero, My Mother

A heartwarming documentary that pays tribute to the incredible strength and unwavering love of Angelica, a single Mexican mother. This intimate film delves into Angelica's extraordinary journey as she overcomes obstacles, and becomes a source of inspiration for her children. 🏅 Grand Prize winner, U.S.-Mexico Bicentennial Kaleidoscope Short Film Contest


AmDue to the travel ban imposed on Iran in 2017, immigrants were forced to cross the border illegally into the United States. This is the story of an Iranian man's multiple attempt to cross over the border illegally from Mexico to the United States in pursuit of a better life.

Banana Triangle Six

A day in the life of an elderly gentleman, Hank Crute, as he deals with the trials and tribulations of a resident of Spring Valley retirement home, bad food, conniving females and an unexpected doctor's visit.


Oliver, a recent high school graduate, is kicked out of his house after his parents find out he is gay. He struggles to make it on his own as he tries to find a way to pay for college.


Fiction, reality, the private, and the performed overlap on a routine but emotional day at a medical center.

Friends From Home

A dramedy that follows two childhood friends as they travel cross country. Joe is making the big move to Los Angeles, while Mike is there for the ride. Along the way, they discuss everything from why Niagara Falls is not so special to what it means to never move away from home. 🏅 Winner – . . . 

The Inhabitants

The film follows two fictional immigrant ancestors as they explore our subjective perceptions of a shared American past. Set in the late 19th Century, these inhabitants perform their required daily tasks while searching for each other and a greater meaning to their existence. The story is told through highly cinematic images with no dialogue and . . . 


A short embodied reflection of darkness, sound, and light.

Love & Irony

The search for an authentic life leads an existential bike mechanic to discover the universal truths and transformative powers of love. From the safe confines of a humble Milwaukee bike shop, Charlie passively pursues the "authentic" life while actively carving up the idiosyncrasies of the post-modern world. His guarded life is upended after meeting Chloe, . . .