About the Festival

1. Who produces the Festival?

The Whiskey Creek Film Festival is produced by CozyLogothe Whiskey Creek Film Festival Committee. Local sponsors, including 5 Wings Arts Council and the Wadena Convention and Visitors Bureau, help support the Festival.  All sponsors are recognized on the sponsor page; follow the sponsor drop down menu  to visit links to individuals, businesses, and organizations that make the Festival happen.  Photographs of the Cozy Theatre are courtesy of Kent Scheer.

The 2016 Festival has three parts – six award-winning films in current theatrical release not usually screened in rural Minnesota, a special film made in and about Minnesota (free screening on Saturday and Sunday) and a special family film (also free screening on Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

2. The Cozy Theatre

Special thanks to the Cozy Theatre and 3rd-generation owner Dave Quincer for making the Cozy available one week each September for the Festival.  And a special thank you to all the Cozy staff who have a key role in the success of this annual film celebration.  Visit the Cozy website by clicking on the Cozy name or the photograph of the Cozy above.

3.  Thank our sponsors

Our business and individual sponsors make this Festival possible.  If you have a chance, please tell our sponsors you appreciate their support of Whiskey Creek Film Festival.   They, along with our patrons, bring the Festival to life each September.

4. The best in current cinema

During the week of September 16-22 six films-all in current theatrical release-will be screened at the Cozy Theatre.

  • The Hunt for the Wilderpeople – equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, this film focuses on learning from those around you, regardless of age or circumstance

  • Cafe Society – a bittersweet romance taking place in the 1930s by famed director and writer Woody Allen

  • Captain Fantastic – Viggo Mortenson leads a story about family and parenting in modern-day America

  • Don’t Think Twice – a comedy about the lives of professional funny people and the conflicts they experience between ambition and friendship

  • Little Men – With a firm grasp on the duality implicit in its title, Little Men is a story that’s neither tragic nor triumphal in the way it resolves itself, but rather one that’s sadly, even satisfyingly true

  • The Music of Strangers – Yo Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble show that music truly is the universal language

3. Films from Minnesota – free screenings on Saturday and Sunday

This year the Festival features The 7th Fire, a documentary filmed on the White Earth Reservation about gang activity.  Executive producers Terrence Malick and Natalie Portman bring this important story to us.  Free screenings of this film are Saturday and Sunday.

4. Special free film for families – free screenings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Kubo and the Two Strings, a magical animated film from Japan features the voices of Rooney Mara, Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Brenda Vacarro, Ralph Fiennes, and Matthew McConaughey.

5. Improved food service!

The Festival committee has been working to improve food service during the Festival, and it looks like this year will see big changes.  Jonny’s Food Truck will be serving sandwiches and an assortment of sides on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and we will be setting up tables on the lawn at Pemberton law office (across the street from the Cozy Theatre).  In addition, Larry’s Pizza, the Cyber Cafe, and Pizza Ranch have special offers too.  Just click on the drop-down menu “Tickets and Places to Eat.”

 6.  Getting tickets to the Festival

Just click on the headline above for the details about getting your ticket in person at any of 6 outlets in the area or, if you live at a distance, on-line.