Mission statement

The Midwest Film Festival is the nation's only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, presenting audiences with regionally produced independent cinema every other month.

This year-round film festival sits proudly at the center of the independent film scene in Chicago and the Midwest. We are dedicated to strengthening the Midwest filmmaking community by consistently showcasing its talent, providing educational resources, and creating space in which community members can cultivate organic relationships.

The Midwest 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.

Board of Directors


Executive Director

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will Meyers

Board President

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Mia Wicklund


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Neil Kocsis


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Jonathan Becker

Board Member

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Michele Santiago

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Raul Benitez

Senior Programmer

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mary kay cook

Advisory Council President

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Toni Nordone

Social Media Coordinator

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harold dennis

Volunteer Coordinator

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Martin Olesky

Sponsorship Coordinator​

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Christopher Biewer

Box Office Coordinator​

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volunteer Screeners

Raul Benitez

Liberty Kocsis
Michael D Starcevich
JC Farris
Paul Kanter
Rus BlemkeR

Jamie Black

Pablo Muñoz Evers

Emily Perez

Kelly Figley
John Klein
Matt Scheffer
shawn panveno
Mike Berg
Zachary Moore
Kirby Callan

Ramona Pozek

Carina Nieto


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