Join us at Underground on Tuesday, December 2nd
The premier celebration for the Midwest filmmaking industry!
List of confirmed attendees coming up next week

Tonight's BMAs are now sold out. A very limited number of tickets may be sold at the door. To inquire, please TEXT Festival Director Mike McNamara at 773-398-0021.

Three outstanding works of independent cinema – the SXSW hit Animals, Joe Swanberg's Sundance comedy Happy Christmas and HotDocs pick The Starfish Throwers - lead this year's nominees for the 2014 Best of the Midwest Awards, hosted by The Midwest Independent Film Festival.  This year’s “BMAs” recognize the premier films and filmmakers featured during this year's festival and will be hosted by the award-winning Underground, 56 West Illinois, on Tuesday, December 2nd.

Here's all you need to do to enjoy the BMAs:

1.  Give this year's nominees a good look

2.  Say hello to all of this year's BMA sponsors

3.  Check out the list of confirmed attendees for the BMAs

4.  All right, time to buy your tickets (still only $50!)... click the orange button...


More About the BMAs: 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 will be chosen via online balloting from both the public and the festival’s Awards Jury. 

Gala Information: The Tuesday, December 2nd festivities begin with a cocktail reception hosted by Heineken and Ketel One at Underground, 56 West Illinois, 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 $50 at; your gala ticket includes a hosted open bar and passed appetizers from the award-winning Underground from 7:00-9:00 pm.  The BMAs also serve as the festival’s annual fundraiser; all proceeds from the BMAs will anchor the general operating budget for the 2015 Midwest Independent Film Festival.

This year's BMAs are being co-hosted by the Illinois Film Office, SAGIndie, Rockit Ranch Productions, BAM Studios, Periscope Post and Audio, Heineken, Ketel One Vodka, Potenza Productions, Johnsonese Brokerage and the Illinois Production Alliance!

If you would like to join our family of festival sponsors, contact Festival Director Mike McNamara for all sponsorship information!




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's 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 that community. More information can be found on the Festival website:

This 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.