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

Since moving to Chicago four years ago, entrepreneur and production powerhouse, Erica Duffy has founded and grown Camera Ambassador, one of the most reliable and artist-friendly camera, grip, and electric rental companies in the country. After purchasing and renovating a 6,000sq ft industrial loft, it now features a fully equipped recording studio, video editing suites, an event space, and co-working offices. Erica also keeps herself busy producing, doing pre-production, and marketing countless projects for clients that range from independent artists in music and film to global advertising and commercials. 

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will Meyers

Board President

Will Meyers is the Midwest Film board president and is the owner and head producer at Minimal Productions.

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Mia Wicklund


Mia Wicklund has over 25 years’ experience in the entertainment industry. Currently, she is a script supervisor on NBC’s hit show, Chicago Fire. Mia also has experience as a story producer, commercial producer, and post-production supervisor.

Mia earned a BFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Master of Arts Management degree from Columbia College. She lives in Rogers Park, Chicago, with her husband and sons.

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Neil Kocsis


Our treasurer Neil Kocsis has been with the festival since its start in 2005.  He brings varied and unique skill-set to his responsibilities at Midwest Film.  On the business side he earned his accounting degree as well as an MBA from Loyola University.  He also earned his CPA after graduation. Not wanting to be limited to the business world, Neil decided to take a look at the film world.  He attended and graduated from Vancouver Film School.  Upon returning to Chicago he reached out to and began attending the monthly film-maker meetups known as Chicago Community Cinema. Neil's understanding of the financial as well as artistic has been a great asset to Midwest Film.

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