FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, or “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Submitting Your Film to The Midwest Independent Film Festival"


June 30, 2016: Female Filmmakers Program - films must be directed by women
July 31, 2016: Advertising Community Shorts Night - films must be created by people that work in the advertising industry

December 31, 2016: Comedic Shorts Program - films must be funny

And since we're a year-round film festival, we accept general submissions (i.e. not for one of the specific programs above) anytime, all year round!

There are two ways to submit your film to the Midwest Independent Film Festival:

FilmFreeway (our preferred method for receiving your films)

Or Withoutabox

Whichever site you prefer works for us!

Ok let's get to the questions...
The Midwest Independent Film Festival is dedicated to Midwest films.  Define “Midwest.”
We define the Midwest as the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

What exactly do you mean by “Midwest film?”

Ideally, a “Midwest film” is one that is wholly produced in the Midwest by Midwest filmmakers. However, on an individual basis, we do also consider films produced by Midwest filmmakers outside of the Midwest and films produced by non-Midwest filmmakers within the Midwest.

So if a Chicago filmmaker shoots a film in Wyoming, would that qualify?

Films produced outside of the Midwest are considered on an individual basis. If a film is shot in Wyoming and the director, producer and lead actors are all Midwest, then it is likely we will accept that film for consideration. If a film is shot in Wyoming with an all-Wyoming cast and crew but the editor is Midwest, it is unlikely we will accept the film for consideration. The best thing to do is to
e-mail us before submitting your film if you are unsure your film will qualify.

What are your specifications for film submissions (length, genre, screening format)?

The Midwest Independent Film Festival will consider films ranging anywhere from one to 120 minutes. We will consider films from all genres – narrative, documentary, experimental, music video, animated, etc. If your film is accepted to our festival, we will require BluRay, DCP or uncompressed Quicktime file for screening.

When will I be notified of my submission status?

You should receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your submission packet within six weeks of mailing. As our film festival screenings are held year-round, the screening process can range from three weeks to six months. You are welcome to check in with us anytime by e-mailing us!

I have more questions for you! What should I do?

No problem! Feel free to
e-mail us or give Festival Director Mike McNamara a call at our office… 312.642.4222.

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