Three outstanding works of independent cinema – Michael Keaton’s directorial debut The Merry Gentleman, the female filmmaking tour-de-force Hannah Free and Lori Petty’s heartwrenching drama The Poker House - lead all nominees for The 2009 Best of the Midwest Awards, hosted by The Midwest Independent Film Festival. This year’s “BMAs” will also serve as the festival’s sole fundraiser and will be hosted by the award-winning Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 West Hubbard. Acclaimed filmmakers Lori Petty, John McNaughton and Steve Jones highlight the list of scheduled attendees! See who else will be there on the 1st and check out last year's photo gallery!
Say hello to all of this year's BMA sponsors! While you're at it, be sure to thank this year's BMA Gala Host Committee. If you would like to join our family of festival sponsors, here's our sponsorship packet and here's the best way to contact Festival Director Mike McNamara!
These awards recognize the premier films and filmmakers featured during
this year's festival, which holds its screenings every first Tuesday of the
month. Best of the
Midwest Award (BMA) winners are chosen via online balloting from both the
public and the festival’s awards jury. Online voting continued through November 20th here at www.midwestfilm.org. Be sure to watch the beautiful nominee presentation created by K.C. and Kipp Norman of Elephant Filmworks.
Gala Information: The Tuesday, December 1st festivities begin with a cocktail reception at Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W. Hubbard, at 7 p.m. The Best of the Midwest Awards ceremony takes place from 8:00-9:00 p.m.; festivities continue through 10 p.m. Gala tickets are available for $70 at www.midwestfilm.org; all proceeds benefit the 2010 Midwest Independent Film Festival.
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
This year's festival sponsors include Resolution Digital Studios, O'Connor Casting, Humana, Fletcher Camera, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, Reverse Momentum Foundation, Our Children's Homestead,
Screen Magazine, McDermott Will & Emery, Zacuto, Illinois Institute of Art,