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 12-14, 2023

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


  • 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

We have over 100 submissions from student filmmakers!

Ticket Sales Closed

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Ticket Pricing

Weekend Film Pass (includes a t-shirt) $40  
Film Screenings by Day $10 $8 Student Rate



Friday, May 12 | 4-9 p.m.
Student Films
Harvey Hall Theatre

Saturday, May 13 | Noon-9 p.m.
Independent Films, Keynote Speaker Andrew Hunt, (follow him on Facebook) & Awards
Harvey Hall Theatre & Brewery Nonic

Sunday, May 14 | 1-6 p.m.
Free All Ages Films, Animation Films & Keynote Speaker Mike Owens from WOMO Studio & Awards
Harvey Hall Theatre

Detailed Schedule

Plan your screening schedule and learn more about the films.

Film Submissions on Film Freeway Have Closed

Films must be received by April 28 2023
Film Freeway
Unspooled Film & Animation Festival Trailer 2023 / Dayton Feldt and Joey Lange