Middle Coast Film Festival is a filmmaker forward festival in Chicago that expects and presents high-quality films for our high-quality audience of film nerds and non-film nerds alike.

The Middle Coast Film Festival screens films in competition five categories: Narrative Feature and Shorts, Documentary Feature and Shorts, Episodic, and Web Series.

Films 49 minutes or less are considered short films; 50 minutes or longer are considered feature films.

Submissions are accepted in only one of the categories.

To be eligible for consideration:
1. Entrants must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations in order to be considered eligible for the 2018 Middle Coast Film Festival.
2. Films completed prior to 12/31/2016 are not eligible for competition entry.
3. Films with prior distribution and/or that have been exhibited publicly for profit in the central Indiana region are not eligible for submission for competition with the Middle Coast Film Festival.
4. Feature-length films with ongoing (or infinite-run) online distribution or availability (via iTunes, etc.) are not eligible for competition entry. Films with finite or limited availability (i.e. an online only film festival) or via independent distribution (i.e. filmmaker’s own website) remain competition eligible.
5. Non-English language films must be subtitled in English to be eligible for entry.
6. Films that require a screening fee for exhibition are eligible for submission, but not eligible for category or Grand Jury prize consideration.
7. Films must be available for screening at the Middle Coast Film Festival 09/22/18 through 10/22/19; an exhibition copy and Region-free NTSC DVD back-up copy must be in possession of the Middle Coast Film Festival this entire time.



1. Accepted films will be notified via email at the address included in the FilmFreeway submission form.
a. Please add the email address jess@middlecoastfest.com email to an accepted senders list to ensure receipt of festival emails, our primary mode of communication.
2. Filmmakers (or primary contact) will be required to submit a consent form ensuring an absence of any legal or rights issues, and indemnifying the Middle Coast Film Fest of any liabilities that may arise out of screening with the festival.
3. Consent form contractually confirms the film for screening at the Middle Coast Film Fest.
4. Upon acceptance, filmmakers (or primary film contact) will provide the following by the dates specified by festival organizers:
a. An exhibition copy in one of the following formats (*Should any issues arise regarding the availability of the intended exhibition copy, films will be screened as scheduled from a format left to the discretion of festival organizers, most likely the DVD submission copy.):
i. DVD
ii. Blu-ray
iii. HDCam
iv. (For Short Films Only) QuickTime 1080p HD 8 bit uncompressed or Apple ProRes file (or equivalent)
iiv. DCP
b. Three (3) additional screening copies or a password protected digital copy, through an external URL- Vimeo, personal website, etc,.of the completed film, for jurying purposes.
c. One DVD/Blu-ray copy of the final, completed film for archiving in the Middle Coast Film Fest program library.
d. Press Materials as itemized in the Filmmaker Info & Consent Form.
5. Filmmakers are responsible for shipping costs associated with delivering all materials to the MCFF. The MCFF may assume the cost of return shipping HDCam tapes following the run of the festival, should arrangements be made to do so.
6. The Middle Coast Film Festival reserves the right to rescind acceptance of any film should eligibility status change.
Thank you for your interest in submitting your film with the Middle Coast Film Festival! Should you have any questions regarding this process or your film’s eligibility, please email jess@middlecoastfest.com

Overall Rating
  • Suzanne Schmidt

    This was a wonderful festival hosted and attended by inspiring filmmakers. We were treated very well and I hope to be back!

    March 2019
  • Gustavo Martin

    Exactly what a local film festival should be! I was very impressed by this event. I premiered my short film at this festival, and watched it as part of a very well curated program; they really did pick some interesting local films to include. From the program booklet to the venue they picked (The great Davis Theater), to the badges they gave you, they really made you feel part of an EVENT. Very well thought out and organized. I was happy to be a part of it, and I'll put the festival on my favorites list to submit every time I have a project ready!

    November 2018
  • Ben Hammond

    I'll just jump right out and say it - Middle Coast Film Festival was AMAZING. It was small enough that I feel like I got to meet and mingle with everyone, but big enough that I feel like we got a TON of quality feedback and made a lot of new filmmaking friends. The venue was amazing - great picture and sound in the theaters and a fantastic bar/restaurant for the networking between blocks. The post-screening events each night were fun and engaging and allowed our team to make connections that we've already begun to work with. Big props to Mylissa, Jess and the entire Middle Coast team. Thanks!

    October 2018
  • Penny Penniston

    This is a very welcoming festival with a diverse line-up of programming. The event was well run and well attended. It was the perfect combination of professionalism and fun.

    October 2018
  • I had an incredible time at Middle Coast Film Festival in Chicago! This festival was wonderfully organized and the organizers were amazingly kind and hospitable. They took care of everything even making sure every event was ADA accessible. How awesome is that! The snacks were great. The networking was easy. The films were filled with talent and new voices. Loved this festival! I look forward to next year! Thanks Jess and Mylissa!!!

    September 2018