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We are getting ready for this year's Festival: 
November 7-9, 2014.
Stay tuned for further announcements as our plans develop.

Our website is undergoing revisions and some features, including the film submittal form, are not functioning at this time.  Our film submittal deadline will be July 15 this year.  Please check back at the end of April, at which time we hope to be fully up and running again.  Thanks for your patience.
Here are our 2013 award winners:

Best Feature:  Awful Nice
Best Documentary:  Gold Fever
Best Short Film:  World Fair
Best Short Short:  Woman Who Hates Plants
Audience Favorite:  Battle for the Elephants
Loren Savitsky Young Filmmaker Award:  Protect Our Future
Honorable Mention:  The Guide

We rely on our sponsors to make the Big Water Film Festival possible.  Thank you for your support!

                 2013 BWFF SPONSORS           


Producers ($1,000+)

Chequamegon Bay Arts Council
Enriching the arts in the Chequamegon Bay region through exhibits, grants, and lots of fun stuff.

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Directors ($500+)

Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce
1716 West Lake Shore Drive
Ashland, WI 54806

The friendly folks here will let you know if the smelt are running in the Spring-- and answer anything else you need to know.  



Dr. Thomas Kvanbeck and Teresa Wagner


LBS Insurance Group and Auto-Owners Insurance

303 Main Street West
Ashland, WI 54806

Ask about their special policies to insure against the risk of missing that great film you want to be sure to see.



Northland College
1411 Ellis Ave S
Ashland, WI 54806
Cinematographers ($250+)

Associated Bank
Ashland WI 54806

BWFF is happy to take donations-- and we'll deposit them here.


Jim and Leslie Hamp

Xcel Energy

Providing the power that runs our projectors!

Siegler Law Office, S. C.
404 West Main Street
Ashland, WI 54806

Even better than "My Cousin Vinnie."

Stone's Throw Pottery
40 South 2nd Street
Bayfield, WI 54814
(715) 779-5200

The artists who make our Awards Bowls every year.



Lake Effect Builders

612 W 4th Street
Bayfield, WI 54814

Special Effects ($100+)



Lawton Law Office, S. C.


106 Main Street West 
Ashland, WI 54806



  Madeline Island Ferry Line

P.O. Box 66
La Pointe, WI 54850

There's no better break for weary film-viewing eyes than to hop the ferry to the Island.


Ron's Repair and Towing

77655 State Highway 13
Washburn, WI 54891

While you're watching the films, Ron will fix your car for the trip home.

Solstice Outdoors
400 West Main Street
Ashland WI 54806

The place in the Bay area for outdoor and sporting clothes and gear.


Northern State Bank
321 West Main Street
Ashland, WI 548067
226 West Bayfield Street 
Washburn, WI 54891

Take out a mortgage from NSB and buy a house here, so you never have to miss a film.

Opening Reception Sponsors

2nd Street Bistro                              The Snug                                  Maggie's Restaurant
Ashland                                             Washburn                                 Bayfield

North Coast Coffee                        DaLou's Bistro                         Deep Water Grille
Washburn                                         Washburn                                 Ashland

Ashland Baking Company          Johnson's Flower Shop         Good Thyme Restaurant
Ashland                                            Ashland                                      Washburn

Candy Shoppe                               Golden Dragon                         Delta Diner           
Bayfield                                            Washburn                                  Delta     

Sassy Nanny Farmstead Cheese 
Co-co's Artisan Breads and Fine Pastries