Here are the winning films from the 2017 Best of the Midwest Awards!

Best Music Video:

Best Short Film:

  • TANYA, directed by Monica Raymund

Best Actress:

LaRoyce Hawkins

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is thrilled to announce that LaRoyce Hawkins, star of CHICAGO P.D., will Emcee the 2017 Best of the Midwest Awards.

Doors open with a Red Carpet and Cocktail Reception at 7pm at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark Street in Chicago.

LaRoyce Hawkins

This year's scheduled attendees include (in no particular order):

JUST ADDED!   BMA 2017 Host LaRoyce Hawkins, actor, Chicago PD

JUST ADDED!    Eamonn Walker, actor, Tanya; Chicago Fire

Monica Raymund, Director, Tanya; Actress; Chicago Fire

Amy Pietz, Actress, Halfway; Caroline in the City

Will Clinger, Actor, Wild Travels

2017 BMAs

On Tuesday, December 5th, we will be celebrating the finest in Midwest filmmaking as well an exceptional year for The Midwest Independent Film Festival.  The Best of the Midwest Awards Celebration will recognize the premier films and filmmakers featured throughout the 2017 season at the Midwest Independent Film Festival.  This year's celebration will take place at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark Street in Chicago. 

Join us on December 5th!  Click here for tickets.

New Executive Director of the Midwest Independent Film Festival

11/3/17:  Today Mike McNamara stepped down as Executive Director of The Midwest Independent Film Festival. We thank him for his years of service and leadership and wish him luck in his personal and professional endeavors. Effective immediately, The Midwest Independent Film Festival co-founder Mike Kwielford will serve as Interim Executive Director through the end of the 2017 season while we begin a formal search for a permanent successor.

Tuesday at the Midwest Independent Film Festival, the evening opens with THE PRODUCERS PANEL, 6:30 pm right in the theater. The topic for the evening is "Music and Your Movie." We are excited to announce our moderator for the night is Melissa Thornley of Melissa Thornley Consulting. Tuesday's esteemed panelists include:

First Tuesdays with The Midwest Independent Film Festival hosts its ninth annual Advertising Community Shorts Night on Tuesday, November 7th at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, with festivities beginning at 6 p.m.  Filmmakers will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with the audience.

Here it is... the lineup for Advertising Community Shorts Night 2017!

First Tuesdays with The Midwest Independent Film Festival hosts its ninth annual Advertising Community Shorts Night on Tuesday, November 7th at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, with festivities beginning at 6 p.m.  Filmmakers will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with the audience.

We will announce this year's lineup here on midwestfilm.com on or near Tuesday, October 24, stay tuned! Special thanks to our selection jury, which met this month to determine the lineup.

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