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All movie tickets are $8 each or $5 with a valid student ID. During the Festival (April 11 to 18), tickets will be $10 each or $5 with a valid student ID. All Festival screenings are general admission, including those at Sundance Cinemas.
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Complete listings and schedule of all 158 films in the 2013 Wisconsin Film Festival is here.
Madison’s Isthmus newspaper publishes the printed Film Guide in its March 14 issue. The printed Film Guide is also available at the Ticket Booth at Union South. During the Festival, the Film Guide will be stocked at all the participating theaters.
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Tickets will be sold online, or by phone at 608‑265‑2933. There is a $4 per-order fee for all online and phone orders.
You have two options:
1 O Browse through the online Film Guide and add films to your “wishlist.” When you finish picking your shows, you can move to the shopping cart to choose the quantity of tickets for each of the films. You also have the ability to view the entire list of films if there are more shows you’d like to see. Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, and Discover cards are all welcome.
1 O If you know which films you want to see; you can use links to go directly to the shopping cart to order your tickets.
Regular ($8) OStudent ($5) OComp (you must have a comp code from the Festival)
Tickets ordered online will be mailed with two exceptions:
1 O All student tickets, which can be picked up at any Will-Call location (see below), since students ordering at the discounted price need to show their student ID.
2 O Online orders placed on April 4 or later, which might not get delivered through the mail in time. These orders can also be picked up at any Will-Call location.
Regular tickets and student tickets cannot be combined in the same online order.
During the Festival tickets can be ordered online up to 7:00 am on the day of the show. Those tickets can then be picked up at any Will-Call location.
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The main location for all things ticket-related is the Union South Ticket Booth, on the ground floor of the UW Union South building, at 1308 W. Dayton St.
Parking is very limited in the lot immediately under Union South (UW Lot 80; enter on Dayton Street). This web page shows how many parking stalls are available in this lot, as well as nearby options Lot 17 (Engineering Drive) and Lot 20 (University Avenue).
Ticket Booth hours
Saturday, March 16: noon to 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 17: noon to 8:00 pm
March 18 to April 10: 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Monday to Saturday; closed on Sundays)
during the Festival
Thursday, April 11: 4:30 pm to 9:45 pm
Friday, April 12: 10:15 am to 10:30 pm
Saturday, April 13: 9:00 am to 11:00 pm
Sunday, April 14: 9:00 am to 10:00 pm
The Union South Ticket Booth will be closed during the Festival days of April 15 to 18, but tickets which have been ordered online can be picked up at any Will-Call location.
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The $5 student price is available to any student (any university, college, high school, etc.) with a valid, current student ID. Bring your ID to the Ticket Booth when you place your order. For online and phone orders, tickets will be held for pick-up at the Ticket Booth or any Will-Call location. Please bring your student ID. All student orders may be subject to verification.
Wisconsin Union members and UW faculty do not qualify for the student price (unless enrolled as a current student with a valid ID).
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Ticket orders made online or by phone, and which are not being mailed (such as student orders and those placed after April 3), can be picked at any Will-Call location:
O Union South Ticket Booth
O University Theatre Box Office, Vilas Hall, in the East Campus Mall
O Sundance Cinemas
Thursday, April 11: 4:30 to 9:45 PM (Ticket Booth and University Theater Box Office only)
Friday, April 12: 10:15 AM to 10:30 PM
Saturday, April 13: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sunday, April 14: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Monday, April 15 to Thursday, April 18: 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM (Sundance only)
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A voucher is a coupon you can exchange for a ticket. You can order vouchers just like regular tickets
(look under “V” in the Film Guide), and exchange them later. Sometimes vouchers are issued if the Box Office needs to resolve a problem with your order and tickets for your preferred film are no longer available.
Vouchers need to be exchanged for a “real” ticket printed for a specific film program. You can make an exchange at the Ticket Booth prior to the day of the screening. Vouchers on their own are not good for entry into a theater, nor do they guarantee you a seat — you must first exchange them for a “real” ticket. No refunds are given for vouchers, but you may give them to family and friends.
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All regular tickets are $10 during the Festival, except student orders which are $5.
Tickets can be purchased online, up to 7:00 am on the day of the show. If you order online, plan to pick up your tickets at any Will-Call location. Online orders during the Festival still have the standard $4 per-order fee.
Tickets are also sold at each of the theaters, but only for the films playing at that theater, on that day. Each theater’s box office opens one hours before the first film playing there that day. Cash, check, or voucher are accepted for sales at the theaters (no credit cards).
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Want to see a sold-out show? You can! (Sometimes.)
“Sold out” means tickets allotted for advance purchase have sold. As tickets go on sale, we set aside a handful of tickets for filmmakers to share with their crew, to anticipate any changes in theater capacity, and to resolve any errors. Also, some people buy tickets to a film but are not able to make it to the show. Open seats can be filled right before the start of the film. Ticket-holders must arrive at least 15 minutes before a show to be guaranteed a seat.
Each theater has a rush-ticket line, and a ticket-holders line. If no tickets are available at that theater’s box office, join the rush-ticket line. It’s wise to come 30 minutes before the show, but it depends on how popular the film is. When ticket-holders have been seated, we’ll sell open seats to people in the rush-ticket line.
Cash, check, or vouchers may be used to buy rush tickets.
Having a voucher is not a guarantee of a seat or preference in line; it’s just used in lieu of cash.
Limit two rush tickets per patron. First in line, first seated.
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Arrive early | To guarantee admittance, ticket-holders must arrive 15 minutes before the show. Latecomers with tickets are not guaranteed admittance.
The prices of tickets changes on Thursday, April 11 from $8 to $10 both online and in person. Student tickets remain $5.
All tickets sales are final.
Exchanges | No refunds or replacements for lost tickets. No refunds for vouchers. Film tickets can be exchanged in person only at the Union South Ticket Booth until the close of business the day before the screening. Absolutely no film-ticket exchanges after April 17. No exchanges are possible at the theaters.