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"Metropolis" with the Alloy Orchestra was, unsurprisingly, a highlight of the 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival.

The 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival by the numbers

As anybody who attended even just one of the 283 films scattered about the city over the previous two weeks can attest, the Milwaukee Film Festival had another great year in 2016. And now, the numbers are in to statistically prove it.

This morning, Milwaukee Film reported that the overall attendance for this year's festival totaled 76,899 attendees, an 8 percent increase from last year's 70,885. This year's edition also saw an increase in sold-out screenings, notching 87 compared to 77 in 2015. The festival's public film screenings brought in 58,355 attendees, while its private weekday education screenings brought in a total of 8,290 students, ranging from grades 1 through 12.

As for the great movies that brought in those great numbers, Milwaukee Film also announced its Allen H. (Bud) & Suzanne L. Selig Audience Award winners this morning, with Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn-Whack's "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise" coming away with the prize for feature film and Kahane Cooperman's "Joe's Violin" coming away with the prize for short film. Those two movies join the rest of the previously announced 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival Jury Award winners:

Black Lens Jury Award

  • "Can You Dig This" (dir. Delila Vallot)

Brico Forward Fund Winners

  • "Give Me Liberty" (dir. Kirill Mikhanovsky): $20,000 cash, $10,000 from North American Camera, and legal consultation with Dan Kattman of Reinhart Boerner van Deuren, s.c.
  • "Plucked" (dir. Joel Van Haren): $15,000 cash, $10,000 from Independent, and legal consultation with Dan Kattman of Reinhart Boerner van Deuren, s.c.
  • "Black Box" (dir. Jon Phillips): $2,500 cash, $5,000 from North American Camera, $10,000 from RDI Stages, $5,000 from Electric Sun, and legal consultation with Dan Kattman of Reinhart Boerner van Deuren, s.c.
  • "Popper Baxton's Sickly Stew" (dir. John Roberts): $2,500 cash, $10,000 from Electric Sun, and legal consultation with Dan Kattman of Reinhart Boerner van Deuren, s.c.
  • "Kaukauna & King: 50 Years Later" (dir. Joanne Williams): $2,500 cash, $5,000 from North American Camera, $5,000 from Electric Sun, and legal consultation with Dan Kattman of Reinhart Boerner van Deuren, s.c.
  • "Mothers for Justice" (dir. Erik Ljung): $2,500 cash, $6,000 from RDI Stages, and legal consultation with Dan Kattman of Reinhart Boerner van Deuren, s.c.
  • "Lunar Lords" (dir. Kyle James): $2,500 cash, $5,000 Independent, and legal consultation with Dan Kattman of Reinhart Boerner van Deuren, s.c.
  • "A Walk With My Brother" (dir. Sitora Takanaev): $2,500 cash, $5,000 from Independent, and legal consultation with Dan Kattman of Reinhart Boerner van Deuren, s.c.

Cream City Cinema College Filmmaker Award

  • "Sterile" (dir. Matthew Klein)

Cream City Cinema Jury Award

  • "Twin Sister" (dir. Sitora Takanaev)

Documentary Jury Award

  • "NUTS!" (dir. Penny Lane)

Herzfeld Competition Award

  • "The Fits" (dir. Anna Rose Holmer)

Kids Choice Short Film Award

  • "MOOM" (dirs. Robert Kondo, Daisuke 'Dice' Tsutsumi)

Milwaukee Music Video Award

  • Webster X, "Lately" (dirs. Damien Blue, Cody LaPlant)

Shorter Is Better Award

  • "Bird Hearts" (dir. Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel)

Pitch Us Your Doc! Contest Winner

  • "Malignant Practice" (dir. Kristin Catalano)

Here's to writing another brief about more awesome movies and more broken festival attendance records come this time next year.

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