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Become a member!

Individual Member

$60/12 months ​


Student Member

$40/12 months 


  • 5 screening events with pre-reception & after-parties

  • Exclusive MFF swag item

  • 20% discount on BMA ticket

  • Satisfaction of knowing you are supporting the film festival named to Chicago Magazineʼs esteemed “Best of Chicago” list!


And hey, weʼre a non-profit so membership is tax-deductible!


2023 Season Calendar:

January 30, 2023
February 27, 2023
March 27, 2023
April 24, 2023
June 26, 2023
July 31, 2023
August 28, 2023
September 25, 2023
November 2023 (The Best of The Midwest Awards)

Shorts program theme highlights of 2023:

Women & Gender Non-Conforming Filmmakers Night:
Our 14th annual celebration of creators identifying as female and gender non-conforming will showcase the work from historically underrepresented genders. The evening is dedicated to their stories, imagination, perspectives, and craft.


Advertising Community Night:
Chicago is one of the country's most prominent advertisement and commercial hubs employing various artists. This showcase will shine a spotlight on the creative output of these selected creators showcasing their fantastic work outside of their ‘day jobs.’


Analog Night:
An epic revival of creating using classic cinema mediums is emerging in the Midwest filmmaking community. This style of (partially or entirely) analog filmmaking is both nostalgic for its viewers and very challenging to master for its creators. This evening will celebrate and highlight analog film and analog film enthusiasts. [Note: Digital Projection]


Emerging Filmmaker Night:
We are committed to fostering the "up and coming" filmmakers of the Midwest. This theme night will highlight 10 films from creators in the first decade of their careers (10 under 10). Whether still attending film school or pursuing a lifelong desire to enter the film industry - they have arrived and are now an integral part of our community. This is their work.