15 Years of Door County Short Film Festival

2024’s fest will present 20+ short films, three feature-length movies

Northern Sky’s Gould Theater in Fish Creek will host the 15th annual Door County Short Film Fest (DCSFF) Feb. 16 and 17. 

The theme of the 2024 festival is “love in Wisconsin.” Each of the three feature-length films – Love and Irony, Love Differently, and Puppy Love – and many of the short films slated for the festival were either filmed in Wisconsin or created by Wisconsin filmmakers. 

Love and Irony is a two-hour romantic comedy shot in Milwaukee. Directed by John Biesack, the movie follows an existential bike mechanic who searches for an authentic life and discovers the transformative power of love.

Love Differently is an hour-long documentary directed by Emma Siewert that tells the story of a woman trying to change Wisconsin’s laws regarding adult adoptees who cannot find their birth families. 

Puppy Love, directed by Gail Gilbert, is another one-hour documentary that focuses on a group of women who set out to save a litter of paralyzed puppies.

At the end of the festival, DCSFF’s jury will present the 2024 Golden Mug Award to the film that receives the most votes from festival attendees. Guests can also enjoy refreshments and Q&A sessions with featured filmmakers.

The festival’s three feature-length films and 20+ short films will be screened 7-12 pm on Feb. 16 and 1-7:30 pm on Feb. 17.

Weekend passes to the festival are $25. Advance tickets are available online at and in-person at Northern Sky’s Gould Theater ticket office, which is open Monday-Friday, 10 am – 4 pm. Tickets will also be available at the office on Feb. 16, 5-6 pm. On Feb. 17, the ticket office opens at 12 pm.

Northern Sky’s Gould Theater is located at 9058 County Rd. A in Fish Creek.

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