Tate Bunker HEADSHOT

Tate Bunker

  • Teaching Faculty I, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
  • Director, Zen Film Festival


MFA, Filmmkaing, UW-Milwaukee
BFA, Film, University of South Florida


In 2013 his feature film Little Red won “Best Feature” and “Audience Choice Award” at the Berlin Independent Film Festival, “Best Feature Film” at the Canada International Film Festival. And he won “Best Wisconsin Film” at the Beloit International Film Festival.

In 2019, he released his third feature, The Field, starring Veronica Cartwright (Alien, The Birds) and earned world wide distribution from Gravitas Ventures with US a theatrical run and 12 film festival selections and awards including “Best Feature Film” at the Chicago Horror Film Festival (2020).

Bunker has been involved with more than 250 commercial projects and his other accolades include one Emmy Award and two Emmy nominations, three Milwaukee Film Festival “Best Milwaukee Filmmaker” awards, and a Paris Film Festival “Best Cinematography” prize for his short Starlite.

A Colorado native, Bunker received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, where he now teaches film production.



  • Best Feature Film, Chicago Horror Film Festival (2020)
  • Best Feature Film and Audience Award, Berlin Independent Film Festival (2013)

Recent Work