Middle of the Map Fest annually curates and cultivates the unique arts and creative culture of the Midwest, bringing together a sense of community in local and national talent in an annual festivals featuring music and film.

Last year's Middle of the Map was widely successful with over 5000 in attendance for the overall fest. The film fest is an offshoot of Middle of the Map Fest that annually averages 1500 seats. The film fest, like the music fest, is organized by The Record Machine, a homegrown KC-based indie record label, and Ink Magazine.

Our goal is to curate 25-30+ films of all kinds; feature films, independent flicks, award-winning movies, rockumentaries, documentaries, along with fanfare parties, and student shorts. Middle of the Map Film Fest is simply aimed at rewarding audiences with excellent cinematic experiences.

Short Film Showcase - Best of Show*
Best Director - Feature Film
Best Film - Feature Film
Audience Choice - Feature Film*
Best Actress - Feature Film
Best Actor - Feature Film

*Voted By Festival Goers at the Festival

Other Awards Will Be Voted by A Selection of Festival Judges.

Feature films must be from 2019 without regular release. Films do not need to be in finished state to submit, please mark these as WIP (Work in Progress) Submission.

Only one feature may be submitted per filmmaker, per year.

Non-English language films must have subtitles burned in for submission.

Short films should be no longer than 15 minutes in length to submit.

Submission does not guarantee entry into festival. Filmmakers will be notified no later than August 1, 2019, if their film has be accepted into the festival.