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 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 the Midwest filmmaking community.

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, which receives funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Festival Director

Associate Producers

Mary Kay Cook, Festival Advisory Council President
Andrew Jessop
Neil Kocsis

Event Coordinator

Cynthia Spreadbury

Associate Director of Submissions

Festival Advisory Council/Gala Host Committee

Mitch ApleyAbelson Taylor
Jon DesirOptimus
Bryan DowlingMedia8Midwest
Hillel FrankelLeavens Strand & Glover
Angie GaffneyBlack Apple Media
Thomas LynchTall Circles
Stirling McLaughlinOgilvy & Mather
Rich MoskalChicago Film Office
Justine NaganAMDoc + POV
John NobleFixer Partners
David O'ConnorO'Connor Casting
Anthony RobertsRavinia
Andrew SchneiderSCREEN Magazine
Michael StarcevichIndependent Producer
Betsy SteinbergKartemquin Films
Melissa ThornleyCreative Alchemy Consulting

Event Staff

Cynthia Appleby
Kamilah Autmon
Ashley Bates
Jason Brown, Photographer
Caryn Brown
Tammy Chang
Duke Czlonka
Laura Day
Harold Dennis
Jessica Fike, Screening Committee
Kendall Goldberg
Daniel Hahn
Lavada Hall
Michael Harris
Allison Howard
Kate Imp
Alicia Kozak
Zoe Kraft
Pat McDonald, Screening Committee
Elizabeth McNally
Mary McNamara
Jennifer Moy
Michael O'Rourke
Andrew Ochwat
Bernard Ong
Dan Patton, Photographer
Ben Smith
Sara Sochnuk
Alexxa Stiefel
Cora Vander Broek, Screening Committee