The Midwest Independent Film Festival is the nation's only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, presenting audiences with regionally produced independent cinema every First Tuesday of the month at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark in Chicago. This year-round film festival sits proudly at the center of the independent film scene in Chicago and the Midwest and is dedicated to celebrating and strengthening that community.

Awards & Prizes

The premier films and filmmakers featured during this year-round film festival will be celebrated at the Best of the Midwest Awards (BMAs), which takes place on the First Tuesday in December in downtown Chicago. Award categories include Best Feature Film, Short Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor, Actress, Music Video, Editing and Cinematography.

Rules & Terms

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is year-round film festival that takes place every First Tuesday of the month and is solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker.

Regarding eligibility, here are some common FAQ:
THE MIDWEST INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL IS DEDICATED TO MIDWEST FILMS. DEFINTE "MIDWEST."

We define the Midwest as the ten-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU MEAN BY "MIDWEST FILM?"

Ideally, a “Midwest film” is one that is wholly produced in the Midwest by Midwest filmmakers. However, on an individual basis, we do also consider films produced by Midwest filmmakers outside of the Midwest and films produced by non-Midwest filmmakers within the Midwest.

SO IF A CHICAGO FILMMAKER SHOOTS A FILM IN WYOMING, WOULD THAT QUALIFY?

Films produced outside of the Midwest are considered on an individual basis. If a film is shot in Wyoming and the director, producer and lead actors are all Midwest, then it is likely we will accept that film for consideration. If a film is shot in Wyoming with an all-Wyoming cast and crew but only the EDITOR is Midwest, it is unlikely we will accept the film for consideration. The best thing to do is to e-mail us before submitting your film if you are unsure your film will qualify.

WHAT ARE YOUR SPECIFICATIONS FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS (LENGTH, GENRE)?

The Midwest Independent Film Festival will consider films ranging anywhere from one to 180 minutes. We will consider films from all genres, including narrative, documentary, experimental, music video and animated.

WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED OF MY SUBMISSION STATUS?

You should receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your submission within a week or two. As our film festival screenings are held year-round, the screening process can range from three weeks to six months. You are welcome to check in with us anytime by e-mailing us!

I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS FOR YOU! WHAT SHOULD I DO?

No problem! Feel free to e-mail us and our Submissions Dept or Festival Director Mike McNamara will get right back to you.

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