The folks at the Wisconsin Film Festival love their buttons! In fact, a few years back, the festival changed their name badges to shoelace-style lanyards because volunteers and attendees wanted wider lanyards to show off their button collections.
In 2011, the festival gave away 8,000 1-inch buttons. Meg Hamel, director of the fest, said of the buttons, “We run out before the end of the festival but that helps keep the buttons coveted. If we ever tried to produce a film festival without our buttons there would be a riot. Everyone expects and loves them.”
An organization with this much respect for the pin-back was a natural choice for this year’s “Button Ambassador Award”. Thanks to the Wisconsin Film Festival (and their festival-goers) for spreading the button love.