Nominees for the annual Best of the Midwest Awards are out and online voting is now open to the public! The announcements came at a live nomination announcement event this week as part of our monthly First Tuesdays event series, and was followed by a screening of the five films nominated in the Best Short Film category. Online voting will remain open until December 21, after which time results will help determine winners of Best of the Midwest Awards in each category. Awards will be presented at a gala event in January.

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The Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) Midwest and The Midwest Independent Film Festival will present the 2018 Advertising Community Shorts Program this fall!

For this month's First Tuesday event, the Midwest Independent Film Festival hosted the MIDWEST PREMIERE of HESBURGH, the feature-length documentary film from award-winning filmmakers Patrick Creadon and Christine O'Malley. The film examines the life, work, challenges and triumphs of one of the most influential leaders in American history, Father Theodore Hesburgh, civil rights leader, educator, and longtime President of Notre Dame-- who also happened to be America's most well-known Catholic priest.

Filmmaker Ashley S. Brandon

In this online series, we spotlight the approach, philosophy, and work of people from around the Midwest filmmaking community with six simple questions. In this interview, we get to know filmmaker Ashley S. Brandon. Her documentary short, MICKEY'S PETS, received distinguished recognition from the first-ever Female Filmmakers Night Grand Jury. 

Female Filmmakers Night Poster

At this month's Female Filmmakers Night, co-presented by Canon, OUROBOROS was selected for the first-ever Grand Jury Prize for the event. Honorary Jury Chair Chaz Ebert, CEO of Ebert Digital and publisher of, presented the award to the film's director, Emma Keehan at the annual event. Documentary short MICKEY'S PETS, directed by Ashley S. Brandon, was also recognized with special distinction by members of the Jury.

Female Filmmakers Night Poster

The annual Female Filmmakers Night, presented by The Midwest Independent Film Festival and Canon, is just around the corner on Tuesday, August 7th. And, this year, the event will include a Grand Jury Prize, given to one film selected by some of Chicago’s most influential women in media.

We're pleased to welcome Amy Guth as our new Executive Director.  

“Amy has a strong background in multimedia storytelling, leadership and community engagement, and will be a valuable asset to the festival,”  said Michael Kwielford, co-founder of the festival in 2005 with Mike McNamara, who previously served as Executive Director. “Looking forward to furthering the mission that McNamara and I envisioned when we initially created and continued to build the festival over the years.”

3rd Coast Review on SAINTS REST

Lisa Trifone from Third Coast Review describes our June feature film selection Saints Rest "as enjoyable as curling up at your own favorite café with a warm latte and a good friend".

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