SUBMIT YOUR FILM TODAY!  Deadline August 15th for Advertising Community Shorts Program

Presented by AICP Midwest and a host of outstanding Midwest companies


The Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) and The Midwest Independent Film Festival will present the 2014 Advertising Community Shorts Program this fall and we want your "non-work work" (the films you make when you're not making commercials) to be a part of it!

This year's selection jury includes top professionals from premier Midwest agencies and production companies, including Leo Burnett Executive Director of Production Vincent Geraghty, Energy BBDO SVP Melissa Barany and Y&R Midwest/Cavalry SVP Brian Smego... we've just updated the jury roster, take a look!

Click here to check out last year's lineup of films!  And here's our festival submission form and instructions!


Please note: we have a special offer this year - you can submit as many films as you like for just one $25 submission fee!  Our only requirements:


1.  They are all from the same filmmaker

2.  That filmmaker is gainfully employed in the advertising and/or commercial production community

3.  The film was produced in the Midwest or has strong Midwest roots (click here for more about our eligibility requirements)

4.  The film/music video/animated piece was produced between 2011-2014

5.  The piece is not a commercial or spec spot (we want films, baby!)


How to submit your film: Please click here for our festival submission form and instructions - please contact Director of Programming Mike McNamara at with any questions or comments.


BE SURE TO SUBMIT YOUR FILM NO LATER THAN AUGUST 15TH!  Please spread the word to your fellow filmmakers - we look forward to viewing your film(s) - the sooner the better!

Our sponsors for this year's Advertising Community Shorts Night include AICP Midwest, Canon, One at Optimus, O'Connor Casting, NoiseFloor, BAM Studios, SCREEN Magazine, Beast Editorial, Company 3, Method Studios, Dictionary Films, Traveling Picture Show Company, BoomThrift, Utopic, Sony, AbelCineBoomThrift, Airstream Audio and Cineverse Rentals!

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Chicago Magazine named The Midwest Independent Film Festival to its prestigious “Best of Chicago” list, naming us “the place to be and be seen by veteran pros and up-and-comers!”




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