The Midwest Film Festival is the nation's only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, presenting audiences with regionally produced independent cinema throughout the year.
This well-established film festival sits proudly at the center of the creative production community in Chicago and the Midwest. We are dedicated to serving filmmakers and content creators by building diverse audiences, offering educational resources, and supporting inclusion to 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
mary kay cook
Advisory Council President
Social Media Coordinator
Connor a. smith
Box Office Coordinator
Michael D Starcevich
Pablo Muñoz Evers
Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct
This policy applies to and prohibits all forms of illegal harassment and discrimination, not only sexual harassment. Accordingly, MIFF absolutely prohibits harassment or discrimination based on sex, age, disability, perceived disability, marital status, pregnancy, personal appearance, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic.
MFF has adopted a zero-tolerance policy toward discrimination and all forms of unlawful harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment. This zero-tolerance policy means that no form of unlawful discriminatory or harassing conduct by or towards any employee, member, vendor, or other person in our workplace or jobsites will be tolerated. MIFF is committed to enforcing its policy at all levels within MIFF. Any officer, director, manager, supervisor, employee, volunteer or other participant who engages in prohibited discrimination or harassment will be subject to discipline, up to and including immediate discharge from employment, removal from leadership, or expulsion from MIFF spaces, for a first offense. This includes conduct outside of the normal festival environment such as after parties or other related functions.
Procedures in Cases of Harassment
Any MFF employee who believes that she or he has been subjected to unlawful harassment of any kind has the responsibility to report the harassment immediately to her or his supervisor, or through our third party Policy Implementation and Compliance Liaison liftUPlift Worldwide at MIFF@liftuplift.org.