14th Annual

Midwest Independent Film Festival

January 01, 2018 to December 31, 2018

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Chicago IL 60642
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Dramatic Narrative (Shorts and Features)
Comedic Narrative (Shorts and Features)
Documentary (Shorts and Features)
Student Film (Shorts and Features)
Music Video
Experimental (Shorts and Features)
Web Series


The Midwest Independent Film Festival is the only film festival in the country solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, presenting audiences with the finest independent cinema in the Midwest every first Tuesday of the month.

The Midwest Indie also offers filmgoers the unique opportunity to meet directors and actors who introduce their films and hold question and answer sessions after the screenings and prides itself on showcasing emerging directors, powerful artistic visions, and strong cinematic stories.

These exceptional films combine with an exciting social atmosphere and a state-of-the-art digital screening venue to create one of the premier festivals in the Midwest.


The Midwest Independent Film Festival is the only film festival in the country solely dedicated to the Chicago and Midwest filmmaker. This unique festival takes place on the first Tuesday of every month at Landmark's beautiful Century Centre Cinema, Chicago's home for showcasing independent film.

For more than ten years, we have attracted top-level sponsors and supporters from across the country, including Canon, Screen Actors Guild, AICP and Heineken. We welcome more than 3,000 attendees annually and reach more than 200,000 e-mail addresses monthly. Finally, we have been lauded by local and regional press, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Screen Magazine, Metromix and Chicago Magazine, which recently named us to its coveted "Best of Chicago" list.


Mike Kwielford; Mike Kwielford (Executive Director); Mike Kwielford (Executive Director); Mike Kwielford (Executive Director); Mike McNamara; Neil Kocsis (Executive Board); Nicole Bernardi-Reis


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, or "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Submitting Your Film to The Midwest Independent Film Festival"

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is dedicated to Midwest films. Define "Midwest."

We define the Midwest as the 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 the editor is Midwest, it is unlikely that we will accept the film for consideration. The best thing to do is to e-mail us via MidwestFilm.com before submitting your film if you are unsure your film will qualify.

If you have any other questions or comments, please e-mail us. Thank you and we look forward to viewing your film!


The Midwest Independent Film Festival is solely dedicated to celebrating the best in Midwest filmmaking. Festival screenings are held on the First Tuesday of every month at Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark Street in Chicago, IL.

Payment of submission fee does not guarantee inclusion in our festival. Films are selected based on overall quality, production value, community relevance and/or other factors as determined by the screening committee. Although not required for submission, inclusion of press kit materials is encouraged.

Notification of submission packet receipt will be e-mailed to the filmmaker(s). Notification of film status will be e-mailed one to two business days after final determination has been reached by our Screening Committee. Our film review process typically averages two to three months from receipt of submission packet.

All disc screeners are non-returnable and most will be disposed of after final determination.

If accepted for screening, the film must be delivered to MIFF in one of the following formats: DCP, BluRay or as an uncompressed file. The exhibition committee reserves the right to rescind any screening engagement if the film is not delivered on time.

If your film is screened, all credited producers as well as the director will be entitled to a minimum of two complimentary admissions to that month's event. Discounted tickets for additional cast & crew may be arranged with our office in advance.

By submitting your film, you are assigning non-exclusive rights to MIFF and its affiliated sub-venues to use said film in conjunction with aforementioned event. Midwest Independent Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Midwest Independent Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.